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Epiphone WindsorEpiphone Windsor
Model Windsor E352T / E352TD
Available 1960-1961
Pickups One (E352T) or two (E352TD) New York humbuckers
Scale 24 3/4"
Body Maple sides and back with a maple top. 16 1/4" wide (lower bout), 20 1/4" long, 1 3/4" thick. Single-ply binding
Neck Mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with pearl oval inlays. Inlaid Epiphone logo on the headstock. 20 frets, body meeting the neck at the 14th fret.
Hardware 1 or 2 volume and 1 or 2 tone controls. Tune-o-matic free floating bridge with bail-type tailpiece. Gold-plated metal parts throughout
Finishes Natural, Shaded (Sunburst)

The Epiphone Windsor guitar was a short-lived thinline electric six-string - produced by Gibson at their Kalamazoo plant in Michigan, between 1959 and 1961. When Gibson bought Epiphone, they purchased all the tooling, unfinished guitars and unused hardware. Production of many of the older models continued, but new models were also added to the line, often using names associated with other previous Epiphone instruments - in this case the top-of-the-line Epiphone Windsor mandolin.

In fact, the Windsor was very similar to the Gibson ES-125TC/ES-125TDC, and the Epiphone Sorrento: they all had identically sized bodies, the same maple body/mahogany neck/rosewood fretboard construction; and although the pickups were different on the Gibsons, they had the same positioning and controls. Of course headstock shapes and inlays differed, and the Windsor had oval pearl inlays and gold-plated hardware, whilst the ES-125s had dot inlays and nickel. The Sorrento was somewhere in between with the same oval inlays, but nickel hardware. Interestingly, shipping statistics show 6 Windsors left the Kalamazoo plant in 1959, where as no ES-125TC, TDC or Sorrentos were shipped until 1960. The Epiphone Windsor was first!

Epiphone Windsor shipping statistics

Just 221 Epiphone Windsors were shipped, with the majority having single pickup and Shaded finish.

1959 1960 1961 total
E352T 6 85 42 133
E352TN 17 9 26
E352TD 44 44
E352TDN 18 18
total 6 102 113 221

Epiphone Windsor catalogue appearances

The Windsor was sufficiently short-lived only to make one catalogue appearance in the 1960/61 guitar and amplifier catalogue

Epiphone 1961 full line catalogue
1961 'guitars, basses, amplifiers' catalogue

Epiphone excellence in a graceful thin-body guitar of Florentine cutaway design with single pickup, offering amazing tonal range and handling ease.

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