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Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe

SB232 solid-body guitar

Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe
Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe taken from the 1966 Epiphone catalogue

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Epiphone Coronet
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Epiphone 1964 full line catalogue1964 full line catalogue

This was the first catalogue appearance of the Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe
Epiphone 1966 full line catalogue1966 full line catalog

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
ModelCrestwood deluxe SB232
Available219 instruments shipped between 1963-1969
Pickups3 mini humbuckers
Scale24 3/4"
BodyMahogany. 12 3/4" wide (lower bout), 15 5/8 " long, 1 3/8" thick
NeckOne-piece mahogany, ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl block inlays. Bound neck and headstock. 22 frets. Early models had a double sided headstock, changing gradually around 1965 to the Epiphone batwing one-sided headstock
Hardware2 volume and 2 tone controls with 3-way selector switch. Tune-o-matic bridge. Epiphone Tremotone vibrato
FinishesBlack, White and custom colours: Sunset Yellow, California Coral, Pacific Blue. Cherry from 1966.

The Epiphone solid-body range could be directly correlated to the Gibson SG range sharing many features; hardware, pickup configurations, body and neck woods, construction and controls. They were all made at Gibson's Kalamazoo factory, so this is not surprising. The Crestwood Deluxe corresponds to the Gibson SG Custom. They were similarly priced (both were $455 in Oct 1966) yet over the production period, the SG outsold the Crestwood 7:1

Aswell as the Crestwood Deluxe, most other 1960s Epiphone solid body guitars and basses had the same body style (almost symetrical pre-1964, with a shortened lower horn thereafter). They are the Epiphone Crestwood Custom, Epiphone Wilshire, Epiphone Coronet and Epiphone Olympic guitars, and the Epiphone Newport and Epiphone Embassy Deluxe basses.

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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jerry george Comment left 13th March 2014 00:12:45
I won a crestwood solid body electric guitar was wondering about what the value of it was as I cant seem to find a serial number to look it up

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