Epiphone Granada E444T

Thinline semi acoustic

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Epiphone Granada E444T 1966 Epiphone Granada E444T
Epiphone Granada E444TC The cutaway version of the Epiphone Granada E444TC
Model Granada E444T / E444TC
Available 1962-1969 / 1965-1969
Pickups Single-coil fingerrest pickup (part PU-380)
Scale 24 3/4"
Body Maple top and back with a mahogany rims. 16 1/4" wide (lower bout), 20 1/4" long, 1 3/4" thick. Single-ply binding, front and back
Neck Single-ply mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. 20 frets, meeting the body at the 14th fret. Unbound
Hardware 1 volume and 1 tone control. Rosewood compensated free floating bridge with trapeze tailpiece. Nickel plating throughout
Finishes Shaded

The Epiphone Granada was introduced in 1962, and like all 1960s Epiphones, was built at Gibsons guitar plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Most Epiphone models were based on a similar Gibson model, and this was no exception, being practically identical to the Gibson ES-120T that was launched approximately the same time. It was a thinline acoustic, with the same body size as the Gibson ES-125T or the Epiphone Sorrento; though (initially, at least) with no cutaway. In 1965 a single Florentine cutaway version was also introduced (and was given the model designation E444TC), however this is somewhat rarer than the non-cutaway version (See Epiphone Granada shipping figures). Interestingly, no cutaway version of the ES-120T was offered.

The pickup was a single coil unit, mounted into the scratchplate. It was the same part as used in the Gibson Melody Maker guitars, part number PU-380.

The Granada was the least expensive hollow-body guitar in Epiphone's range, listed at just $149.50 at its launch in 1962; less than all Epiphone solid bodies too, with the exception of the single-pickup Epiphone Olympic and Olympic Special.

The guitar did not change much over the course of it's production, with one exception. Like all Epiphone thinlines, it started off with the older pre-Gibson era style headstock - not too different from Gibson's; however around late 1963/early 1964 the shape was updated to a much curvier style, flaring out at the far end; as seen in the 1966 example above.

Both cutaway, and non-cutaway Granadas were removed from the line in 1969, when production of Epiphones switched from Kalamazoo to Japan.

Epiphone Granada shipping statistics

The Epiphone Granada was produced between 1962 and 1969, with 1964 being the peak year. A much smaller number of single cutaway Granadas (E444TC) were built from 1965, and although they were only made in small numbers, they actually out-shipped the regular non-cutaway version in 1967 and 1969. Shipping totals are shown in the table below. See also the shipping stats for the Gibson equivalent model, the ES-120T here.

  1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 total
Epiphone Granada E444T 258 317 657 648 422 70 41 11 2424
Epiphone Granada E444TC       30 182 107 6 19 344

Epiphone Granada catalog appearances

Epiphone 1962 full line catalogue
1962 'guitars, basses, amplifiers' catalogue

An electric Spanish guitar with exclusive, patented fingerrest pickup plus superb Epiphone features ant tonal versatility...
Epiphone 1966 full line catalogue
1966 full line catalogue

The 1966 Epiphone catalogue was the first to show and describe the E444TC (single cutaway) Granada
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smackso Comment left 24th March 2013 21:09:23 reply
These old Epi's are just worlds away from anything they do now, and new Epi's are still pretty good. Seriously, even cheaper models like this are amazing players. Just scored a sixty something (?) Granada and it plays like butter. Plugged or acoustic. Absolutely love it. Also tried a Casino (too expensive for me) and a Rivoli bass (I only tried it, i'm a guitarist)... both phenominal. Now I get the fuss over vintage Kalamazoo period Gibson.



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