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EPIPHONE | CATALOGS | 1962 | PAGE 9, SOLID BODY

Epiphone Coronet and Olympic

1962 Guitars Basses Amplifiers catalog page 9

Epiphone 1962 'guitars, basses, amplifiers', page 9. The Epiphone Coronet (SB533) and Epiphone Olympic (SB722). The image of the Epiphone Coronet is as used on page 9 of the 1961 Epiphone catalog. Note the original 'New York' pickup - these were included with all the other parts, tooling and unfinished guitars when CMI (Gibson) purchased Epiphone from the Stathopoulos family in 1957.

The Olympic shown here has been redesigned since the previous catalog appearance, changing from single cutaway Les Paul-style instrument, to a double cutaway - actually mirroring the changes in the Gibson Melody Maker. It does, however, keep the same basic dimensions.

The Epiphone Olympic is described as follows:

It provides big performance for students and professionals, too – at a very affordable price. A single sensitive pick up a separate tone and volume controls. The combination bridge and tailpiece make tuning easy and exact. Body is solid mahogany with attractive shell celluloid pickguard. Mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod. Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. The cutaway design makes all frets easy to reach and play.

This body shape would only remain on the Olympic until mid/late 1963 when it conformed to the asymmetrical body style of all the other Epiphone solid bodies.

1962 US prices for these guitars were as follows:

SB533Epiphone Coronet$142
SB533Epiphone Coronet with Maestro Vibrola$169.50
SB722Epiphone Olympic single pickup$109.50
SB722 3/4Epiphone Olympic 3/4 size$109.50
SB722DEpiphone Olympic double pickup$147.50
1962 Epiphone "Guitars, Basses, Amplifiers" catalog, page 9: Coronet and Olympic
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1967 Epiphone Olympic Heritage Cherry

1967 Epiphone Olympic Heritage Cherry

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1899

Up for sale is this great 1967 Epiphone Olympic Guitar
Quick Details
Weight 5 2lbs
Nut width 1 5 / 8th inches
Depth at 1st 0 78
Depth at 12th 0 94
This guitar is amazing to play and is very light weight and well balanced
The knobs have been changed and the original bridge was bent so We put a MojoAxe unit on it
The body is in good shape but shows its age
The paint is faded and there is paint flaking and chipping on the lower bout (pictured)
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1963 Epiphone Coronet

1963 Epiphone Coronet

Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3350

Cherry, Mahogany body, Small soft V shaped Mahogany neck with a 12?? radius Rosewood fingerboard and the original medium frets, 24 75?? scale length, 1 5 / 8th" nut width, Factory Dogear P-90 pickup with the master volume and tone controls, Original pickguard / stop tailpiece and tuners, 5 6 pounds, With hardshell case, Very good
* Please note - a few different vibratos were previously been installed
Neck Thickness (in ) 1st- .80 12th- .98
Neck Profile C
Fingerboard Radius
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Epiphone Olympic 1965 Pacific Blue

Epiphone Olympic 1965 Pacific Blue

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500


This Epiphone Olympic was made by Gibson in the USA in 1965. It has a very rare "Pacific Blue" finish that has faded green. "Pacific Blue" is the epiphone version of Pelham Blue. This guitar shows play wear and heavy checking but it is in very nice condition overall. The tuners and pickguard are not original but the other parts are. The original pickguard probably was tortoise and likely gassed off and crumbled. There are no breaks or repairs. The guitar has been pro-setup in our ... more
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Epiphone by Gibson SB-722D Olympic 1961 Sunburst "Melody Maker"

Epiphone by Gibson SB-722D Olympic 1961 Sunburst "Melody Maker"

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4500


This Epiphone Olympic was made in the USA in 1961. Most Epiphone models made by Gibson differed from the Gibson counterparts, but the Olympic from 1961 is pretty much identical to the Gibson Melody Maker, with the only real differences being the logo and the headstock shape. This example is all original and in very clean condition. It has been pro-setup in our store. It comes with a non original hard case
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1961 Epiphone Coronet Cherry

1961 Epiphone Coronet Cherry

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6479

Up for sale is a 1961 Epiphone Coronet in its original cherry finish. "The best sounding Les Paul Junior I own is an early 60s Epiphone Coronet" - Frank Gross. The above statement came straight from our owner and it couldn't be more true. These early 60s Coronets are truly special instruments and have the snarl and spank from Les Paul Juniors but with a vibe all their own. Entirely original less a replaced pickguard (original included but has broken edges). Pro setup in house and includes its ... more
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1962 Dwight Epiphone Coronet

1962 Dwight Epiphone Coronet

Franklin, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$13989

Dwight guitars were made by Gibson. Which was the same model as the Epiphone, in the U S.A. as the house brand for Sonny Shields Music in East St Louis IL, which was owned by Mr Charles Dwight Shields
Sonny Shields Music was a pretty big music shop back in the 50??s and 60??s and they also had several Dwight guitars made by Supro (and built by Valco), although the most well known was the rebranded Epiphone Coronet, marketed between 1963 and 1968
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60er EPIPHONE OLYMPIC TRUSS ROD COVER USA

60er EPIPHONE OLYMPIC TRUSS ROD COVER USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$99

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1966 EPIPHONE OLYMPIC USA SCHLAGBRETT

1966 EPIPHONE OLYMPIC USA SCHLAGBRETT

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$299

1966 EPIPHONE OLYMPIC USA PICKGUARD :
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Epiphone Olympic 1967 , Player Grade Vintage Guitar

Epiphone Olympic 1967 , Player Grade Vintage Guitar

London, W3***, UNITED KINGDOM

£800

All original, aside from an added strap button and a replacement Curtis novak mm90 pickup added https: / / www curtisnovak com / shop / mm-90 / , much better than the original (i do not still have the original sorry), way more bite and pushing close to the sound of a vintage p90 . The guitar is in great playing condition with no structural cracks or breaks. 4th tuning peg is a little stiff The finish is chipped and checked, but it looks and feels great for a 53 year old workhorse. Beautiful, ... more
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1964 Vintage Epiphone Olympic Sunburst Made In USA + non original hardcase

1964 Vintage Epiphone Olympic Sunburst Made In USA + non original hardcase

London, W3***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1150

Epiphone Olympic 1964 .
Superb 1964 Epiphone Olympic in sunburst. Sounds fantastic! Not as hot as a Telecaster or Junior but has a character that is unmatched. 64 neck profile!!!
Good condition for age with no breaks or cracks. Since I have had it I have put replacement knobs on. The guitar does show cosmetic scratches, marks and checking from age but non of the usuals student guitar abuse marks. The real deal what you pay the Murphy Lab for nowadays
Unfortunatly there is a crack in ... more
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1965 EPIPHONE von GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - 41 mm - JOAN JETT MODELL

1965 EPIPHONE von GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - 41 mm - JOAN JETT MODELL

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£1179

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1965 EPIPHONE von GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - 41 mm - JOAN JETT MODELL

1965 EPIPHONE von GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - 41 mm - JOAN JETT MODELL

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£1179

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1965 EPIPHONE by GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - JOAN JETT MODEL

1965 EPIPHONE by GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - JOAN JETT MODEL

COLOGNE, GERMANY

€1333

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1965 EPIPHONE von GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - JOAN JETT MODELL

1965 EPIPHONE von GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - JOAN JETT MODELL

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$1333

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1965 EPIPHONE von GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - JOAN JETT MODELL

1965 EPIPHONE von GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - JOAN JETT MODELL

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$1333

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1965 EPIPHONE von GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - JOAN JETT MODELL

1965 EPIPHONE von GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - JOAN JETT MODELL

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$1333

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1965 EPIPHONE by GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL - made in USA

Köln, 50***, GERMANY

€1350

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1965 EPIPHONE by GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL - made in USA

Köln, 50***, GERMANY

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COLOGNE, GERMANY

£1690

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1969 EPIPHONE OLYMPIC - made in USA

1969 EPIPHONE OLYMPIC - made in USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£1950


EPIPHONE OLYMPICmade in USA by GIBSON / 1969BODY MATERIALMAHOGANY - a stop tail piece was installedNECKMAHOGANYFINGERBOARDROSEWOODINLAYSDOTSPICKGUARDoriginal, wornFRETSare in good shapeTUNERSGROVER strip tunersPICKUPS1 original singel cpoil & 1 Peavey humbucker was installedCONTROLS1 volume, 1 tone, 3 way selector , all new partsBRIDGEchrome tunematic styleOTHER PARTSnew pot knobsFINISHES2 tone sunburst, has laqur checking and wear... more
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1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThePresidentwas produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the newJaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manualThe newly designedLes Paul Recordingguitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for theLes Paul Personal / Professional