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Epiphone Olympic Special

SB721 single pickup solid-body guitar

Model Olympic Special SB721
Available 1963-1969
Pickups One Melody Maker PU380 single coil pickup
Scale 24 3/4"
Body Mahogany. 12 3/4" wide, 17 1/4" long, 1 3/8" thick
Neck One-piece mahogany, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. No binding, 22 frets.
Hardware 1 volume and 1 tone control. Metal offset bridge with vibrola tailpiece on the SB721V. Plastic enclosed strip tuners.
Finishes Sunburst and custom colours: Sunset Yellow, California Coral, Pacific Blue

The Epiphone Olympic Special is not that well known an instrument - often being confused with the Epiphone Olympic, but with very good reason; the Special actually evolved from the Olympic in 1963. A 1961-63 Olympic basically is a 1963-64 Olympic Special, though outside those time periods there are distinct differences. Just under 3000 Epiphone Olympic Specials were shipped between 1963 and 1969. For a break-down of the production stats, see the Epiphone Olympic Special shipping totals.

Epiphone Olympic Special: evolution

The solid body Epiphone Olympic (not the Olympic Special) first appeared on the market in 1960. Like so many Epiphone guitars of the time, it was closely related to an equivalent guitar model, in this case the Gibson Melody Maker. Gibson parent company CMI, had just purchased Epiphone, and had moved production from the Epiphone plant in Philadelphia, to Gibson's facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Epiphone had never built solid body guitars, and a new range of guitars was introduced. The same business model was used as Gibson's other lines: have one basic guitar model, and offer several incarnations, with increasingly better hardware and appointments at a range of different prices. The first models were the Coronet and Crestwood Custom, followed by the Wilshire and Olympic in 1960. Having being based on the Melody Maker, the Olympic was different to all the other Epiphone solid bodies. In 1960 this was a single cutaway Les Paul style guitar. Both these models were updated to the double cutaway style in 1962.

Then in 1963 the rest of the Epiphone solid body range got a makeover: less 'round' with an extended top horn and wonderful batwing headstock. This is the classic style most-associated with Epiphone solid bodies. But the Olympic was also given this new body style. The old Melody Maker-style Olympic was not deleted however, instead was renamed the Olympic Special. Only the single pickup version was available, but with an optional Maestro Vibrola.

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Epiphone Olympic Special: second version

All other Epiphone models remained unchanged until production moved to Japan in 1970, but the Olympic Special was the one exception. In 1964 the cutaways were re-shaped somewhat; less symmetrical, with a slightly longer top horn, and with better upper fretboard access. The neck joined the body at the 18th fret, rather than the 16th fret of the previous style.

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Epiphone Olympic Special catalogue appearances

Epiphone 1964 full line catalogue
1964 full line catalogue
This was the first catalogue appearance of the Olympic Special
Epiphone 1966 full line catalogue
1966 full line catalog

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Epiphone Olympic for sale

Epiphone Olympic Electric Guitar 1963 Vintage Melody Maker

COTTON, MINNESOTA, 55724, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$999

see the pictures for exact condition .I WILL SELL AND SHIP WORLD WIDE .SHIPPING TO LOW 48 INCLUDED... more

Epiphone Olympic Electric Guitar 1963 Vintage Melody Maker

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, 48235, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1499

Epiphone Olympic Electric Guitar 1963 Vintage Melody MakerxPre-owned. Has cosmetic wear from regular use, please see pictures for more details. Functions as intended by the manufacturer. Comes with everything included in the pictures. x Please be sure to read the listing in full and study all photos before placing your bid in the auction or committing to purchase an item by clicking the 'Buy it Now' button. We require payment within 48 hours. We are happy to accommodate special requests, combine... more

1965 Epiphone Olympic Electric Guitar (EPE0017)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2195

1965 Epiphone Olympic, Cherry Red, Two Black single coil pickups, short Maestro Vibrola, VG , Soft shell case It has a 1 & 9 / 16 nut width, It weighs just 6 lbs 7 oz, It has newer knobs and pots otherwise original in our opinion.... more

1965 Epiphone Olympic Sunburst w / HSC!

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 98126, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1399

1965 Epiphone Olympic Up for sale is a fairly clean 1965 Epiphone Olympic in its original sunburst finish. Slab mahogany body, single coil pickup, chrome hardware, and vibrato tailpiece. This is hands down one of the nicest mid 60s Olympics we’ve seen recently and is stock-n-sweet with the exception of the missing E from the pickguard. Pro setup in house and comes complete with a non-original hard case. Year: 1965 Model: OlympicSerial: 316873 Finish: Sunburst Case: Hardshell case Weight: 5lbs.... more

Vintage 1965 Red Epiphone Olympic Bat Wing Headstock

PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA, 33948, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$859

This is a 1965 Epiphone Olympic It has the Red Finish There is wear, scratches, nicks, finish wear, dings etc The guitar is light, weighs only 5 pounds 15 ounces Looks very Vintage There is a ding on the back at the bottom(pictured)Please look at all the pictures as to condition as this is Sold as Is Comes with the Tremolo Arm Tremolo looks nickel, bridge looks chrome I know 65 was a transitional year when Gibson switched from nickel plating to chrome Comes with the vintage case pictured The ... more

USED Epiphone 1967 Olympic Double Electric Guitar

CHARLOTTE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1499

"SERVING MUSICIANS SINCE 1924" PLEASE READ TERMS AND DESCRIPTION CAREFULLY: BIDDING AND SHIPPING ARE FOR US CONFIRMED EBAYERS FROM THE 48 LOWER UNITED STATES ONLY WE SHIP FEDEX GROUND (SIGNATURE REQUIRED) ONLY NO PO BOXES PLEASE YOU MUST BE HOME TO SIGN FOR YOUR PACKAGE WE CANNOT RE-ROUTE ANY PACKAGES TO ALTERNATE ADDRESSES AND WE CANNOT RE-ROUTE TO A FEDEX OFFICE FOR PICKUP WE CAN ONLY SHIP TO CONFIRMED EBAY / PAYPAL SHIPPING ADDRESS ,NO EXCEPTIONS SHIPPING HOURS ARE MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 9 AM ... more

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