In the early '80s with the rising cost of Japanese production, Epiphone relocated to Korea in 1983 in a collaboration with the Samick Company. The Vivi-Tone model used a single sheet of plywood over a wooden body, while Rickenbacker’s Electro Spanish was made of bakelite. “That’s why no one will ever match Wes.”. By the 1790’s, Spanish guitars had been standardized as to type and had six courses of strings, much resembling a modern guitar. All rights reserved. The L5CES had a single cutaway body and two electric pickups, an innovation that was immediately popular, and created a sensation among the fledgling rock and roll artists of the day like Chuck Berry who were emerging out of the jazz orchestras and blues bands of the 1950’s to create a sound all their own. such as the ProBucker™ pickup, series parallel switching, built-in KillSwitch™ pots, the Shadow NanoFlex™ and NanoMag™ pickup systems, and premier acoustic/electric guitars with the eSonic™ preamp have brought Epiphone to a new generation. Combined with a new line of amplifiers, it was clear that Epiphone designers were quickly establishing their independence. From the early 1990’s until today my main focus has been building archtop guitars, although I continue to offer mandolins and flattop guitars. There was also a solid selection of Gibson-inspired models like the Les Paul and SG, new archtops like the Howard Roberts Fusio, and a revival of the Sheraton. of key materials, and the virtual shut down of guitar production around the world to ring the bell on the rivalry. Models gradually improved. Working musicians prize Epiphone for its affordable versions of Kalamazoo factory favorites and new models like the Wilshire Phant-o-matic and the Ultra III. "Epiphone is still the House of Stathopoulo. As the oldest son, Epi was charged with keeping the business going. Kalamazoo guitars in the 60’s featured bolt-on necks, single sheet plastic pick guards, open-back tuners and Masonite bodies in order to keep the cost down. By the 90s, the Epiphone line offered 43 different models across a range of styles and budgets. Les had been perfecting his solid body guitar design in the Epiphone factory and when Fender emerged with their Telecaster, And, we're passionate about everything we do.". By 1988, the Epiphone listed a new PR Series of square-shouldered acoustics along with an interpretation of Gibson's J-180, several classical guitars, a banjo, and a mandolin. It was developed by Christian Frederick Martin, a German-born American luthier who made his first guitar in the United States in the 1830s. During this intense re-organization, Epiphone product changed beyond all recognition. From 1967 to 1969, the bodies of the KG-1 and 2 closely resembled the body style of the popular Gibson SG or Melody Maker with its double cutaway horns, but removed the contours from the cutaways. Once in America, Anastasios continued his instrument trade. Archtop instruments incorporate a number of construction features that are taken from the violin, most significantly the carved, arched soundboard (top) and back. Bath Magoula in the Eurotas valley to register the birth of his son, Anastasios. Gibson Brands, Inc. respects your right to privacy. However for the first few years of production, Epiphone guitars made in Japan were actually rebranded designs already produced by the Matsumoku Company. Soon, sales were growing again. By the early to mid 1930’s the archtop guitar was replacing the banjo in Jazz bands. D-Natural Blues – Wes Montgomery (The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery, 1960) Gibson L-5CES In 1936, Epiphone struck again, increasing the size of its De Luxe, Broadway and Triumph With Anastasios crafting and selling his instruments on the ground floor and family living upstairs, There were other problems. In 1963, the Troubadour, steel string flat top guitar was introduced. Gibson's Ted McCarty had retired to run Bigsby. The design of the archtop guitar borrows heavily from both the violin and mandolin, in terms of the hollow body construction, solid wood arched top and F-holes located on each side of the guitar. God has spoken with an SG, a 335, a Les Paul and a Strat, but here, he used an L-5 because he wanted it to “personify” Reptile, opening with the unexpectedly samba-jam feel of the title track. 1. In the early '50s, Epiphone's former champion and favorite late night tinkerer Les Paul became a household name with a television show, a radio program, and chart-topping hits, In 1986, three Harvard MBAs; Henry Juszkiewicz, David Berryman and Gary Zebrowski, bought Gibson/Epiphone from ECL/Norlin. 島村楽器の国産ギターブランド「HISTORY」オフィシャルブランドサイト。 Made in Japanならではの品質にこだわり、高品位なサウンドにこだわったギター&ベースを展開しております。 Problems emerged slowly at first. Not to be outdone, Epi replied the following year with the top-of-the-line Emperor, which raised the stakes with a slightly wider body and a provocative advertising On one hand, Epiphone now listed budget-conscious versions of existing Gibson models. The Motor City Madman has spent decades proving that archtops aren’t just for jazzers by somehow taming the feedback for his hard-rocking excursions. The name Epiphone evokes both history and the spirit of invention. Eventually, the Baroque guitar replaced the lute as the most commonly played instrument, and refinements in the number of strings and in the ability to tune these early ancestors of the modern guitar using movable frets made it easier to play than its predecessors.