Vintage Epiphone catalogues
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The production of Epiphone guitars can be split into four distinct periods, and each has its own associated models (though there is some crossover) and therefore catalogues. They are as follows:
1) Original Epiphone
Guitars produced whilst under the ownership of the Stathopoulos family in the USA (1935-1957)
2) CMI/Gibson Epiphone
Guitars produced in Kalamazoo, Michigan (1958-1969)
The first Epiphone catalogue under the ownership of CMI/Gibson. 1961 Epiphone full line catalogue - 24 pages, two colour print. Features Epiphones entire line of electric guitars, flat-top and carved-top acoustics, electric and upright basses, banjos, mandolins and amplifiers.
Dimensions 8.5" x 11"
1962 Epiphone full line catalogue - much the same as the previous years catalogue: 24 pages, two colour print. Electric guitars, flat-top and carved-top acoustics, electric and upright basses, banjos, mandolins and amplifiers.
Dimensions 8.5" x 11"
1964 Epiphone electric guitar and amplifier catalogue - Epiphones first full-colour catalogue, beautifully photographed, and superbly presented. Twelve pages of electric and acoustic guitars, basses, banjos, mandolins and amplifiers.
Dimensions 10" x 13"
1966 Epiphone electric guitar and amplifier catalogue - like the 1964, the 1966 Epiphone catalogue contains just twelve pages of guitars, basses, amps, banjos and a mandolin - equally well presented. This was the last catalogue produced by CMI of Kalamazoo-built Epiphone guitars.
Dimensions 10" x 12 5/8"
3) Norlin/Gibson Epiphone
Guitars produced predominantly in Japan, but also in the USA in very small numbers (1970-1985)
The 1971 Pick Epiphone brochure consisted a colourful folder with seperate page inserts for each of the models in the 1971 Epiphone range
In 1982, Epiphone released a wallet of product cards, each 5" x 7", and detailing one guitar each; an image on one side, the description and specification on the reverse.
4) Current Epiphone
Guitars produced in Korea and China. 1986-date
Vintage guitar collectors are usually most interested in the earliest two sections, that is guitars built in the USA, either by the Stathopoulos family or by Gibson. There is also some interest in the Japanese guitars of the 1970s.