Epiphone Olympic

SB722 solid-body guitar. Single or double pickup (SB722D)

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Epiphone 1961 full line catalogue1961 full line catalogue

Body is solid mahogany with attractive shell celluloid pickguard. Mahogny neck with adjustable truss rod.

Epiphone 1962 full line catalogue1962 full line catalogue

It provides big performance for students and professionals, too - at a very affordable price.

Epiphone 1964 full line catalogue1964 full line catalogue

The Olympic shown in this catalogue still has the old symetrical Epiphone body style - unlike the other solid-bodies which are all shown with the 'new' style
Epiphone 1966 full line catalogue1966 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
ModelOlympic SB722Olympic SB722DOlympic SB722 3/4
Available1960-19691960-19691960-1963
PickupsOne melody maker style single coil pickupTwo melody maker style single coil pickupsOne melody maker style single coil pickup
Scale24 3/4"24 3/4"22 3/4"
BodySolid mahogany.
1960-1961 Les Paul style single cutaway: 12 3/4" wide, 17 1/4" long, 1 3/8" thick
1961-1964 Les Paul style double cutaway: 12 3/4" wide, 17 1/4" long, 1 3/8" thick
1964-1969 Wilshire / Crestwood style double cutaway: 12 3/4" wide, 15 5/8" long, 1 3/8" thick
NeckOne-piece mahogany, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. No binding. Early models had a double sided headstock, changing around 1964 to the Epiphone batwing one-sided headstock
Frets222219
Hardware1 volume and 1 tone controls. Metal offset bridge with optional vibrola tailpiece. Plastic enclosed strip tuners.2 volume and 2 tone controls. Metal offset bridge with optional vibrola tailpiece. Plastic enclosed strip tuners.1 volume and 1 tone controls. Plastic enclosed strip tuners.
FinishesCherry, Sunburst and custom colours: Sunset Yellow, California Coral, Pacific Blue

Epiphone OlympicThe 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 Olympic corresponds to the one-pickup Gibson Melody Maker, sharing hardware, body and neck woods and price tag. Both single-pickup instruments cost $149.50 in 1/10/66, double pickup models cost $179.50

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Other than the Olympic and Olympic Special, all 1960s Epiphone solid body guitars and basses had the same body style (almost symetrical pre-1964, with a shortened lower horn thereafter). The Olympic started out with a Les Paul style single cutaway body, changing to a double cutaway, and finally the aforementioned 'Epiphone' style.

The Epiphone Olympic was Epiphones best selling (Kalamazoo-built) guitar, shipping almost 10,000 instruments between 1960 and 1969. For a break-down of the production stats, see the Epiphone Olympic shipping totals.

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