One of these contractors was , which also built instruments under license for other brands and in its own name. The neck profile on the 1963 and 1964 models make them more desirable to players than the 1965 through 1969 iterations, when the neck became smaller. Guitar is stunning and plays like a dream. Introduced 1941 and discontinued in 1950. As they absorbed Epiphone's pedigree, models were revived and new production techniques started getting results.
The and Revolution Casinos matched unbeatable authenticity and quality and reunited Epi with one of the greatest artists of all time, underlining the company's own re-emergence as a music legend. The tuners have excellent stability. Epiphone Olympic Special solidbody electric. Stathopoulo Manufacturer, repairer of all kinds of musical instruments Patentee of the Orpheum Lyra New York, 1911 U. Epiphone Sheraton Korean 1989 This is truly the real deal when it comes to Sheraton guitars!! I just did some work on one of these for a friend of mine.
One distinguishing characteristic of the Sheraton was its Frequensator tail piece. These Amplifiers are under the Epiphone Electar moniker. Lennon's Casino, first used on the album , became his main studio and stage guitar both with The Beatles and as a solo artist. Prominent use of Epiphone gear by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and other U. The Gibson L5: Its History and Its Players. Outranking the De Luxe, the Emperor took its place at the top of the Epiphone line.
Here are some of the most sought-after vintage Epiphone classics. Financially and emotionally, Epiphone invested everything into these new models. The Stathopoulo family was out of the instrument business. Gibson's Ted McCarty had retired to run Bigsby. Their professional archtops, including the Emperor, Deluxe, Broadway and Triumph, rivaled those of Gibson.
By the mid '30s, Epiphone guitars were considered to be among the best in the world, and Epi himself was enjoying the patronage of the most respected players on the scene. They are some of the best built Sheratons made. Instead, as McCarty wrote in a memo that year, the Epiphone brand would be revived with a new line of instruments. Collectors of vintage guitars snap up the authentic Elitist reissues of the Emperor, Casino and Excellente. Gorgeous and stylish, these instruments lived up to their big city, aristocratic names—Broadway, Emperor, De Luxe—in every way.
The Epiphones were highly customized models with his own pickups on them. The Matsumoku-made archtops, such as the Emperor, Riviera, Sheraton and Casino, were available into the mid-1980s. In 1939, the two firms introduced similar 'pitch-changing' Hawaiian guitar designs, a precursor to the pedal steel. I did note that it had a fair amount of bass on it, which can get a little bit strong at times, but this was still pretty minor and probably more of a personal tonal preference rather than a gripe with the guitar. The combination of this body size, cutaway and carved arched back make this guitar unusual for a Fifties flattop and eminently collectible. Body and headstock shapes began to evolve, as they will continue to do throughout the 1980s and into the 2000s, as production also shifted from Japan to Korea. The De Luxe and other Masterbilt models underwent major redesigns in 1935.
What i have to be your friend. Guitar World, October 2002, reprinted 2006 in Guitar Legends: The Rolling Stones. I polished the frets and buffed the guitar and it plays like a dream. It has been well looked after and is all original!! More accessible financially are the Japanese-made Epiphone Elitist versions of the same instrument, issued the same year, in a limited edition of 1,964. Alongside these models, however, were also recreations of classic Epiphone designs such as the Emperor, Deluxe and Triumph along with a selection of new designs like the semi-hollow Sheraton, the solid body Moderne Black, and flat-top acoustics like the Frontier, whose square-shouldered body style was a first for any instrument from the Gibson Kalamazoo factory.
I posted a couple of pictures in an earlier thread, but 2 of the pics didn't show up. Solid body guitars with flat tops and backs were made at the Elenor Street plants both Gibson and Epiphone in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It handled distortion nearly as well as. After Epi died in 1943, control of the company went to his brothers, Orphie and Frixo. Note in 1937-1939 Epiphone sold a model called the Apollo in England. The other was a lack of volume. Epiphone Riviera thinline electric semi-hollow archtop.
The creation of an office in Seoul turned out to be a major turning point for the new Epiphone as engineers and luthiers collaborated to re-make the company. Because of the great popularity of these models, musicians are listed here only if their use of these was especially significant — that is, they are musicians with long careers who have a history of faithful Epiphone use, or the particular instrument they used was unique or of historical importance, or their use of the Epiphone model contributed significantly to the popularization of that particular instrument. Given their high level of craftsmanship, limited quantity and Beatles association, these instruments are prime collectibles. When a new line of instruments started filtering through to dealers in 1958, it became clear that the two brands now had three separate identities. But cracks soon appeared both on the production line and in the boardroom. His first son, Epaminondas, was born in 1893, followed by Alex, Minnie, Orpheu and Frixo.
Factory processes were assessed and refined and Epiphone's own engineers took a hands-on role in the development of pickups, bridges, toggle switches, and fret inlays, as well as unique features like the metal E logo and frequensator tailpiece. During this intense re-organization, Epiphone product changed beyond all recognition. Introduced in 1962, discontinued 1967. The blue of the Union Jack is darker than on Gallagher's guitar, and only features the Union Jack paintwork on the front, opposed to the whole of the body. Electric Epi's have little collectibility because of their plywood construction. Celebrity association, benchmark craftsmanship, beauty of style and killer tone make vintage Epiphone instruments from every era highly collectible, not to mention a savvy investment. On top of that, John Entwistle played a Rivoli in an early incarnation of the Who, Chas Chandler played one in the Animals, as did Ronnie Lane in the Small Faces.