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Vintage Epiphone catalogues

Catalogues and publicity produced for Epiphone guitars

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);

1961 Epiphone full line catalogueThe 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 catalogue1962 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 catalogue1964 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 catalogue1966 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 and USA in very small numbers (1970-1985);
4) Current Epiphone - (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.

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