Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe
SB232 solid-body guitar
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Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe taken from the 1966 Epiphone catalogue. Note the contrasting white or tortoiseshell scratchplates on the Cherry and White guitars
Epiphone had been producing the Crestwood Custom as early as 1959; it was, along with the Coronet, their first solid body guitar. With the rise in popularity of solid body instruments in the early 1960s, a second Crestwood model, with additional pickup, was added to the available range: the Crestwood Deluxe. It shipped from the very end of 1963, right through to 1969, though in significantly lower numbers than the Custom. In total, just 219 Crestwood Deluxe guitars were shipped, compared to 1349 Crestwood Customs.
Whilst a few Gibson-built Epiphones were close reissues of Stathopoulos-era Epiphone guitars, the majority were equivalent to pre-existing Gibson models. The solid-body Epiphone range could be directly correlated with the Gibson SG range, sharing the same woods and construction, electronics and levels of ornamentation. The Crestwood Deluxe corresponds to the Gibson SG Custom; both three pickup guitars with, block inlays, yet the Epiphone lacked gold-plated hardware and the split-diamond headstock inlay of the SG. They were similarly priced (both were $455 in Oct 1966) yet over the production period, the SG outsold the Crestwood 7:1
This nice example from 1966 in translucent Cherry red finish - as can be seen in the shipping stats, one of only 54 made in Cherry that year. Images courtesy angledbox.com
Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe catalogue appearances
1964 full line catalogue
This was the first catalogue appearance of the Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe
1966 full line catalogue
Epiphone is proud to present solid body instruments that offer the depth, the sharp treble, the biting tone and the virility that all guitarists seek from a solid body instrument
Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe shipping statistics
The majority of production was in the period 1964-66, with 1964 the peak year. Like the shipping stats for the Crestwood Custom, pre-1966, data was not separated by finish, so totals for 1963-65 are for all colours. From 1966-69 Cherry was listed separately to other finishes; mostly (if not exclusively) White.
In the 1970s the Epiphone (now Japanese manufactured) launched a new guitar dubbed Crestwood, however with a model number ET278. This was a double pickup instrument with a similar body shape, but a bolt-on neck, and very different hardware.
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