The Epiphone Granada was introduced in 1962, and like all 1960s Epiphones, was built at Gibsons guitar plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Most Epiphone models were based on a similar Gibson model, and this was no exception, being practically identical to the Gibson ES-120T that was launched approximately the same time. It was a thinline acoustic, with the same body size as the Gibson ES-125T or the Epiphone Sorrento; though (initially, at least) with no cutaway. In 1965 a single Florentine cutaway version was also introduced (and was given the model designation E444TC), however this is somewhat rarer than the non-cutaway version (See Epiphone Granada shipping figures). Interestingly, no cutaway version of the ES-120T was offered.
The pickup was a single coil unit, mounted into the scratchplate. It was the same part as used in the Gibson Melody Maker guitars, part number PU-380.
The Granada was the least expensive hollow-body guitar in Epiphone's range, listed at just $149.50 at its launch in 1962; less than all Epiphone solid bodies too, with the exception of the single-pickup Epiphone Olympic and Olympic Special.
The guitar did not change much over the course of its production, with one exception. Like all Epiphone thinlines, it started off with the older pre-Gibson era style headstock - not too different from Gibson's; however around late 1963/early 1964 the shape was updated to a much curvier style, flaring out at the far end; as seen in the 1966 example above.
Both cutaway, and non-cutaway Granadas were removed from the line in 1969, when production of Epiphones switched from Kalamazoo to Japan.
The Epiphone Granada was produced between 1962 and 1969, with 1964 being the peak year. A much smaller number of single cutaway Granadas (E444TC) were built from 1965, and although they were only made in small numbers, they actually out-shipped the regular non-cutaway version in 1967 and 1969. Shipping totals are shown in the table below. See also the shipping stats for the Gibson equivalent model, the ES-120T here.
|Epiphone Granada E444T||258||317||657||648||422||70||41||11||2424|
|Epiphone Granada E444TC||30||182||107||6||19||344|
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