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News December 2019
A bit of sparkle from KISS legend Tommy Thayer as he presents his fourth Epiphone signature model. You won’t miss this in the dark and it looks ideal for Christmas gigs! The Epiphone limited edition Tommy Thayer Electric Blue Les Paul Outfit is powered by Seymour Duncan® JB™ humbuckers and has a classic LP Standard Mahogany body with a Maple cap, Grover® Rotomatic 18:1 machine heads, and a stunning Electric Blue finish by custom paint designer Johnny Douglas. A Custom hard case and Certificate of Authenticity are included.
News November 2019
What do you do when you already have six Epiphone Signature models? Yep. Release another one! Available on Joe Bonamassa’s website is the 2019 Ltd Ed Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard “Norm Burst” available in standard and custom inlay models from next month. The exclusive Epiphone “Norm Burst” is designed after the pristine 1960 Les Paul that Joe discovered at Norm’s Rare Guitars in Tarzana, California. The guitar features a classic Les Paul Mahogany body with a Norm Burst finish, ProBuckerTM humbuckers with 50s style wiring and a “Lifton” style case. The limited-edition Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard “Norm Burst” has a classic Mahogany body with a Norm Burst finish, and a AA Maple Cap with a Flame Veneer top, directly modeled from Joe’s 1960 original. The Epiphone “Norm Burst” is powered by Epiphone ProBuckerTM pickups crafted with the same materials as Gibson BurstBuckers. The tone controls feature MalloryTM tone caps and 50s style wiring. A “Lifton” style case and a Certificate of Authenticity are also included.
Not to be outdone by parent Gibson and the mighty Fender, Epiphone has released a dozen Limited Edition Pro and Lite models in new colours, finishes and specs. Choose from the Casino, ES-335 PRO, G-400 Deluxe PRO, several Les Pauls – Custom, Standard Lite and Traditional PRO and the updated EJ-160E used by the Beatles.
The Epiphone Company was founded in 1873 by Anastasios Stathopoulos and is one of American’s oldest and most revered instrument makers producing instruments for every style of popular music. In 1957 the company was bought by Gibson, its main rival in the archtop market.
Epiphone instruments made between 1957 and 1969 were made in the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo and were effectively identical to the relevant Gibson versions, made with the same timber, materials and components and by the same people as the contemporary equivalent Gibson guitars.
Examples include the Epiphone Casino (played by the Beatles and similar to the Gibson ES-330), the Epiphone Cortez (similar to the Gibson B-25), the Epiphone Olympic Special (similar to the Gibson Melody Maker), the Epiphone Sorrento (similar to the Gibson ES-125TC) and the Epiphone Texan (similar to the Gibson J-45. The other Kalamazoo-made Epiphones had a technical or cosmetic relationship with the similar Gibson version.
In the early 1970s Epiphone began to manufacture instruments in Japan. From the 1980s Epiphones were manufactured mainly in Korea – Epiphone was primarily used to issue less expensive versions of classic Gibson models. Since 2004 they have mainly been manufactured in a dedicated factory in China, although the Elitist series are still made in Japan.