SB722 solid-body guitar. Single or double pickup (SB722D)
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|1961 full line catalogue|
Body is solid mahogany with attractive shell celluloid pickguard. Mahogny neck with adjustable truss rod.
|1962 full line catalogue|
It provides big performance for students and professionals, too - at a very affordable price.
|1964 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
|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
|Model||Olympic SB722||Olympic SB722D||Olympic SB722 3/4|
|Pickups||One melody maker style single coil pickup||Two melody maker style single coil pickups||One melody maker style single coil pickup|
|Scale||24 3/4"||24 3/4"||22 3/4"|
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
|Neck||One-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|
|Hardware||1 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.|
|Finishes||Cherry, Sunburst and custom colours: Sunset Yellow, California Coral, Pacific Blue|
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 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
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.