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EPIPHONE | CATALOGS | 1966 | BACK COVER

1966 Epiphone catalog back cover

Epiphone 1966 full line catalog. Back cover. The text on this page is identical to that of the previous (1964) Epiphone catalog here.

It is musical quality that has brought renown to Epiphone instruments and amplifiers, and made them a favourite among professional players. This is quality that comes from excellence in design and construction, from continuous research and development, and from insistence upon quality in every detail. Epiphone guitars have always been known for their full round tone and deep resonance, and for their fine design and finish. They've been prized for such features as the Epiphone fast-action, easy-to-handle neck... the frequency-compensator “Frequensator” tailpiece... and extra body strength resulting from a unique rim assembly. These famous features plus many new developments in the latest models further advance the reputation of these famous guitars. Among basses, no name is more famous than Epiphone. Traditionally the finest for concert, orchestra and classroom. Made by the most skilled stringed instrument makers, using the finest materials, they have extraordinary fullness of tone and resonance. Epiphone offers a wide choice of amplifiers providing faithful sound amplification and the full range of volume and tonal coloring. With the latest and finest facilities, Epiphone continues to create those fine instruments that bring out the musical best in the player.

1966 Epiphone "Guitars, Basses, Amplifiers" catalog,back cover
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Vintage Epiphone Olympic Special 1963 - Sunburst 5lbs 9oz

Vintage Epiphone Olympic Special 1963 - Sunburst 5lbs 9oz

Huntington, Indiana, 467**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1600

For sale is an Vintage Epiphone Olympic Special 1963 - Sunburst in Good Condition!
Similar to Gibson's later iteration of the "Melody Maker " , this guitar has tons of vintage charm and is a really solid player!
Serial Number: 57767
The guitar has been recently restored, here is a list of all the work that was done:
Original pickup rewoundBrand new electronicsNew bone nutChicken knobs installed for vol / toneNew Strap knobsAction set up low and plays great!Some of the tuning machine ... more
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Used 2022 Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 Sixties Cherry

Used 2022 Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 Sixties Cherry

Birmingham, Michigan, 480**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$900

Specs: Layered maple body with layered maple cap; mahogany rounded "C" neck; Indian laurel fingerboard; 22 frets; 12" fingerboard radius; 24 75" scale length; 1 69" nut width; Graph Tech nut; tune-o-matic bridge and Maestro vibrola. Sixties Cherry finish. Original hard shell case and case candy included
Electronics: Dual Epiphone Humbucker pickups. Individual volume and tone controls; 3-way toggle switch
Weight: 8lbs. 9 oz
Playability: No playability issues. Plays good all through ... more
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Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335  With Original Case

Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 With Original Case

Bogalusa, Louisiana, 704**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$649

This Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 is the perfect electric guitar for any right-handed player. With a beautiful red body color and 6-string configuration, this guitar is sure to impress. It is a 2022 model year and was manufactured in China.

The guitar comes with its original case and is a great addition to any musician's collection. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, this Epiphone guitar is sure to provide you with the sound and quality you need. ... more
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Epiphone E422T Century Cherry Hollow Body 1965 Vintage Electric Guitar

Epiphone E422T Century Cherry Hollow Body 1965 Vintage Electric Guitar

Lafayette, Colorado, 800**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

Just an incredible hollow body made by Gibson in the golden era of the Kalamazoo plant! Beautiful bear claw figuring throughout, lightweight, resonant. And I haven't seen another Century with the Epiphone vibrato tailpiece - very rare and cool! The handle is a high quality reproduction fyi. It is currently strung with 12s and a wound G string. Plays impeccably well with a recent re-fret and general maintenance / setup - all the hard / expensive work has been done to keep this going for another ... more
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Pre Owned Vintage 1965 Epiphone Olympic Black With Gig Bag

Pre Owned Vintage 1965 Epiphone Olympic Black With Gig Bag

Santa Monica, California, 904**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999

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You want a vintage piece that is exceptionally simple to rock? Behold this Epiphone Olympic!  It's in the only color you need it to be in, which is Black   It's quite the find in this condition
This guitar features one single-coil pickup with a volume and tone control - simple, easy to dial in, and all that you need   This a slab mahogany body with two cutaways for easy access to the whole fingerboard. The Olympic has a slim vintage '60s neck ... more
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2023 Epiphone Inspired by Gibson 1963 Firebird V Electric Guitar w /  Hard Case

2023 Epiphone Inspired by Gibson 1963 Firebird V Electric Guitar w / Hard Case

Forked River, New Jersey, 087**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1480

Up for Sale Today:
2023 Epiphone 1963 Firebird V Electric Guitar
Ember Red
Right-handed
Guitar is in mint cosmetic condition.
Neck is straight with low action. No bowing
Tested and working properly
OEM hard case w / key is included
Please see pictures for more detail and feel free to ask any questions as we'd be happy to help
Comes exactly as pictured
Free Shipping within the contiguous USA
This item is for sale through eBay ONLY!
Please don't ask us to ... more
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Vintage 1967 Epiphone e230td Casino

Vintage 1967 Epiphone e230td Casino

Beaumont, Texas, 777**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$10000

57 year old vintage electric guitar. Amazing condition considering it??s age. Everything works including the knobs, the electronics, and the hardware. Original case and whammy bar. Sure to exceed all expectations.
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2022 Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 - Red w /  Custom Inlay - 1 of 300

2022 Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 - Red w / Custom Inlay - 1 of 300

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1895

Here is a 2022 Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa '62 ES-335 in mint / unplayed condition
She's basically brand new and still has the original strings and all the factory paperwork
Comes with the original Epiphone case, case candy and paperwork as seen in the pictures
Thanks for taking a look!
Here is some information --
Features:
ItemDescriptionSpecificationBodyShapeES-335Material5-ply Layered Maple
Top5-ply Layered MapleWeight ReliefN / ABindingSingle ply Cream - ... more
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2022 Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 Cherry Finish w / OHSC

2022 Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 Cherry Finish w / OHSC

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1095

2022 Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 Cherry Finish w / OHSC
This Guitar Is In Excellent Condition With Minimal Wear Visible (Please See All Photos)
Located At IVG Orange
Tuners Upgraded To Locking Gotohs (Originals Included In Case)
5-Ply Layered Maple Body And Top
Single Ply Cream Binding On Top, Back And Fingerboard
One Piece Mahogany Neck w / Rounded C Profile
Neck Depth 0 85" At 1st Fret, 0 96" At 12th Fret
1 69" ... more
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Rare Epiphone Olympic Solid Body Electric 1967

Rare Epiphone Olympic Solid Body Electric 1967

Danbury, Connecticut, 068**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3195

Rare Epiphone Olympic Solid Body Electric 1967
This fine guitar is a wonderful example of Epiphone and Gibson craftsmanship. This guitar has low action and great tone and sound
It is in great condition for its age.
There is some checking on the lower bout and a few minor dings, which is normal for a 57 year old instrument.
This guitar is ready to be played!
The Epiphone Olympic was the entry level CMI / Gibson-made Epiphone solid body and was the best selling of all 1960s ... more
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Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino E230TDV - Limited Edition - Sunburst

Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino E230TDV - Limited Edition - Sunburst

Bellingham, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1795

Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino E230TDV - Limited Edition - Sunburst Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino E230TDV - Limited Edition - Sunburst
This is a 2011 Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino E230TDV in sunburst finish   This is from a limited edition run of 1961 guitars made (this is #116) and very few of those ... more
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EPIPHONE E360TD-12, 1965 OR 1967, VINTAGE RIVIERA, SUNBURST, HSC, ONE OWNER

EPIPHONE E360TD-12, 1965 OR 1967, VINTAGE RIVIERA, SUNBURST, HSC, ONE OWNER

Fernandina Beach, Florida, 320**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4299

Epiphone E360TD-12 Riviera Model 12String Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1965 or1967 - even Epiphone can't determine the exact year because of s / n overlap between the 2 years). This guitar was made by Gibson in their Kalamazoo, Michigan plant during the time that Gibson purchased Epiphone and designed and manufactured both product lines.
This semi-hollow body guitar features a sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neckwith rosewood fingerboard, and a newer Gator hard... more
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Epiphone Triumph Cutaway 1961 Kalamazoo, USA made by GlBSON

Epiphone Triumph Cutaway 1961 Kalamazoo, USA made by GlBSON

Oakland, California, 946**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3450

Gibson had bought the Epiphone Company in about 1957, and for some years continued to make Epi models in Kalamazoo that very closely resembled the older ones from New York, perhaps the main difference being the addition of the Gibson truss rod, which was far superior to that previously used by Epiphone. This Triumph Regent (cutaway) was made in 1961 and has survived in close to new condition for over 60 years. There is minor finish checking, which is pretty much a hallmark of Gibsons of this ... more
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Vintage Epiphone 1967 Thinline Granada E444T, Sunburst

Vintage Epiphone 1967 Thinline Granada E444T, Sunburst

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

$2495

Here is a beautiful player, a 1967 Epiphone Granada model, this one is probably one of the best players on the market, it clearly has some modifications to make it a great gigging instrument. Lets start with the Charlie Christian pickup made by Gemini pickups, with new electronics and orange drop caps and CTS pots. The electronics and pickup were mounted to the guitar, with some routing done for the humbucker sized Christian to fit, and the bulky pickguard was removed, making this model much ... more
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Epiphone Century E422T 1963 - Cherry

Epiphone Century E422T 1963 - Cherry

Liverpool, New York, 130**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2495

1963 Epiphone Century with Case!
The case is not the original case, but one that belonged to a newer model
All original except for the bridge I believe was changed
Ships Insured with signature required.
... more
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Epiphone 1965 original vintage Coronet Solid Body Electric Guitar -

Epiphone 1965 original vintage Coronet Solid Body Electric Guitar -

Oceanside, New York, 115**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8999

HERE WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL EPIPHONE CORONET GUITAR FROM 1965 SERIAL NUMBER 322063
COMMONLY KNOWN AS A SILVER FOX
THIS GUITAR IS SO LIGHT MAYBE 5 LBS TOPS
ORIGINAL P 90 PICKUP
PLAYS AND SOUNDS GREAT COMES WITH A CASE
VERY RARE COLOR GREEN BLACK
... more
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Vintage 1965 Epiphone Olympic Single Electric Guitar

Vintage 1965 Epiphone Olympic Single Electric Guitar

Cleveland, Ohio, 441**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1450

Here is a 1965 Epiphone Olympic single electric guitar, made in the USA. The serial # is 5171XX. This beauty is in excellent condition. It was refinished in the original color. It was professionally done and looks original. All the parts are original. The neck is straight with good action. The frets are in great shape. All of the electronics work as they should. Included is a hard shell gig bag. This is a great guitar for any player or collector!
Please feel free to ask me any ... more
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Epiphone 1963 Firebird Vii

Epiphone 1963 Firebird Vii

Kendal, LA9***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1000

Fantastic Epiphone 1963 Firebird Vii.

There are not too many of these going in the second hand market which is a shame, one of the best models Epiphone have produced.



... more
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Epiphone Rivoli EBV 232 Tea Burst .circa 1960??s Semi-Hollow Electric Bass

Epiphone Rivoli EBV 232 Tea Burst .circa 1960??s Semi-Hollow Electric Bass

Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£3300

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Epiphone Rivoli EBV 232 Tea Burst .circa 1960??s Semi-Hollow Electric Bass
This guitar is a commission sale - if you have a high end guitar you are interested in selling, please contact us via our easy to find website - search: Sell Us Your Guitar
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Epiphone Wiltshire 1961 - Cherry

Epiphone Wiltshire 1961 - Cherry

Doncaster, DN6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£7999

FINESTSELECTIONSHIPPINGSPECIALISTS24 HourSupportLondon Vintage Guitars are please to offer:Epiphone Wiltshire 1961 - CherryTHE WILTSHIRE
Epiphone Wilshire 
1961 
Cherry 
Twin P90s
Stop Bar / Tunamatic  ( More Desired than the tremolo variety ) 
Internally / Externally Original  ( Replaced Machine Heads ) 
Condition 8 5 / 10 
Weight 2 9kg 
Note - Interest in these classic Era Epiphones has increased from both players and ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

1971 Pick Epiphone catalogWhen Epiphone production moved from Kalamazoo to the Matsumoku plant in Japan, a whole new range of electric, flattop and classic acoustic guitars was launched. Between late 1970 and 1972 the new models were launched and refined. This 'folder' catalog contains various inserts released over these years detailing four electric six-strings (ET-270, ET-275, ET-278, and thinline EA-250), three bass guitars (ET-280, ET-285, and thinline EA-260), three folk/steel acoustics, four jumbo flattop acoustics, two 12-string jumbos, four classic acoustics, and a banjo.

1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

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1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

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 PresidentThe President was 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 new Jaguar.