Epiphone Professional Outfit

Thinline semi-solid guitar with accompanying amplifier

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Epiphone Professional

Epiphone Professional

Model: Professional EA7P(15w amp) EA8P (35w amp)
Available: 1962-1966
Pickups: One mini humbucker
Scale: 24 3/4"
Body: 16" wide (lower bout), 19" long, 1 3/4" thick. Single-ply binding
Neck: Rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays. Inlaid Epiphone logo and centre design on the headstock. 20 frets, body meeting the neck at the 17th fret.
Hardware: Volume and tone control, five tonexpressor switches, tremolo on/off, depth and frequency control, reverb on/off and level control. Tune-O-matic bridge with frequensator tailpiece.
Finishes: Cherry

The Epiphone Professional outfit was sold as a guitar and amplifier package. All controls for operating the amp were built into the guitar - as well as volume and tone, there were tremolo and reverb, whilst tonal changes were "actuated by five 'tonexpressor' switches". The amplifier itself was available initially as a 15w amp, or as a 35w version from 1963. These could not be used independently, could not be used independently. In 1962, the EA7P had a $495 price tag.

The guitar itself was somewhat similar to the Epiphone Riviera, also launched in 1962, having the same dimensions (16" x 19" x 1 3/4"), construction (maple body, 22 fret mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard) and appointments (parallelogram block inlays, 'Oval' headstock inlay). However electronically this guitar is quite different, with it's Tonexpressor controls, with some similarities to those used a year later on the Epiphone Caiola. It was only available in translucent Cherry finish - actually quite unusual for an Epiphone thinline in the early sixties.

Epiphone Professional catalogue appearances

Epiphone 1962 full line catalogue

1962 full line catalogue

Here is a feature that all guitar players have been seeking. The new Epiphone (EA7P) Professional Outfit has all the controls for operating the amplifier on the guitar. gives the player a flexibility never before possible

Epiphone 1964 full line catalogue

1964 full line catalogue

The 1964 catalogue was the last to show the Epiphone Professional outfit in colour.

Epiphone Professional shipping statistics

The shipping figures for this outfit are open to confusion, as both the 15w amp and guitar have the same model code in the records, however it would seem that 30 more amplifiers were produced than guitars.

  1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 total
EA7P guitar 67 189 84 55 1 396
EA7P amplifier 67 137 43 26 14 287
EA8P amplifier 55 55 29 139

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Arthur Forni Comment left 6th January 2015 07:07:46 reply
Does anyone knows how many were produced between 62 and 67? In 65? I own a lefty one. Do you know how many were produced? thanks !
russ Comment left 9th January 2013 18:06:51 reply
I have this set and it's a 65 guitar(bought seperatly)The guitar plays great and lots of tone for a single pick up guitar.Have had it about 10 years,a real oddity but very cool.
Dennis Morris Comment left 6th September 2012 18:06:35 reply
re: the Professional. It isn't true that the guitar was "useless" without the special Professional amp. Years ago I had a Pro on trial for a week or so, as the previous owner's widow wanted to sell it. The guitar had two output jacks, one a military-looking connector for the special amp, and one a standard 1/4" jack. Look closely at the picture and you'll see the standard jack on the top. Using the standard jack you could play the Pro through a standard amp. Not that it was a great instrument or anything - I ended up not buying the thing. Just setting the record straight.