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  1. Thank you for this post. I found it very interesting. Never knew about the Philadelphia connection with Epiphone.🙂
  2. Gibson updated their website to include the Cherry finish. https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/CUSAYG382/1964-Trini-Lopez-Standard-Reissue/Sixties-Cherry Now if only they would add Sunburst to the offered finishes without having to go the more expensive M2M route.
  3. 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Reissue The 2020 return of the Trini Lopez is on Gibson's website for $5,499. Ouch! https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/CUSAYG382/1964-Trini-Lopez-Standard-Reissue/Ebony It mentions the Made 2 Measure option for finishes other than Cherry and Ebony. The 2018 Gibson Custom M2M Options Overview may be useful for those considering this. https://www.musikhaus-hermann.de/media/pdf/9a/25/0f/Gibson_M2M_Custom_Reference_NEW.pdf
  4. There is a Cherry SG 12-String Neck-Through on sale for $2,400 at Guitar Center Rockford, 5425 E State St, IL 61108. https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Gibson/SG-NECK-THRU-LIMITED-RUN-12-STRING-Solid-Body-Electric-Guitar-115679516.gc
  5. Like most guitar companies, Matsumoku had its high and low end guitars. Granada guitars were made by Matsumoku for sale in Canada, and they are not well known in the U.S. The high end Granada 5202T was priced $150 new in 1969; this would equate to $1,060 today ( https://www.dollartimes.com/inflation/inflation.php?amount=150&year=1969 ). Yet the 5202T in the video above was sold recently by L.A. Music (https://www.lamusic.com/products/vintage5202t-used ) for $350 + $69 shipping ( https://reverb.com/item/1299659-vintage-granada-arch-top-electric-guitar-model-5202t-used ). Realistically, this guitar should be worth about $2,000. The person in the video got the 5202T at bargain price. With its binding around the diamond holes, the 5202T is better looking than the 2014 Gibson Trini Lopez reissue, which is currently priced at $3,000 (https://reverb.com/p/gibson-trini-lopez-memphis-model-cherry-2014 ). Let's hope the 2019 Trini Lopez has binding around the diamond holes.
  6. Matsumoku was the manufacturer of many high quality guitars under various names. Since this post was started, much more information has surfaced. http://www.vantage-guitars.com/m-history-02/ In the late 60s/early 70s, new Matsumoku guitars were priced the same as Gibson. Not only did they produce Epiphone guitars, but also supplied parts for Gibson. Because they were a subcontractor, Matsumoku's are not well known and their price on the vintage market is artificially low. The best example would be the 5202T which is a hollow body version of the Gibson semi-hollow Trini Lopez. This guitar was only available from Matsumoku.
  7. Previous posts say that dealers throw away the candy items; it's more likely they steal them! For those that have been victimized, there is a listing on eBay where you can buy what you were supposed to get for free. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gibson-Epiphone-Case-Candy-/173882137043 Just don't ask where they got it from.
  8. Premiere Guitar has article on 1980's Epiphone "S" Series. https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/epiphone-s-800-1 Reverb has 1986 Epiphone catalog listing that you may be interested in. https://reverb.com/item/5195785-epiphone-by-gibson-catalog-1986
  9. There is another post in the Gibson forum "lounge" about Cozart guitars; the 12-string has even been reviewed by Premiere Guitar. https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/27136-bottom-feeder-cozart-12-string-s-style A search on google found no Cozart website, but instead the angelfire internet service, with guitar kits of unassembled , unfinished wood pieces. http://cozartguitars.angelfire.com/ A disturbing review of angelfire describes it as an abandoned product. https://www.sitebuilderreport.com/angelfire-review To quote Cozart.angelfire: "Our kits relic the best guitars of the day. Gibson, Fender, Paul Reed Smith, Martin to name a few." The word "relic " (a noun) is used as a verb. See for yourself the meaning of relic (the verb) as used about guitars. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/217329/relic-as-a-verb-why-the-spelling-relicing-reliced Could this be an example of why Gibson sends out a warning to copycats? You may see Fender, Paul Reed Smith, and Martin join in.
  10. Free Shipping on ALL Orders: July 3 - 7(USA Only) The Gibson website has free shipping for US customers this 4th of July weekend. This is a great opportunity to get the items you desire.
  11. The original list price for a new SG 12-String Neck-Through Limited on Gibson's website was $3,999. The used Vintage Sunburst recently on sale at Wildwood was priced at $2,450.
  12. One other variance is "SG" on the truss rod cover that can only be found in the Musician's Friend demo video. Strangely when the guitar was in stock at Musician's Friend, "SG" was not in any of the photos. Rather, the truss rod cover shown on the website was the typical blank. https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gibson-sg-neck-through-12-string-limited-run-electric-guitar
  13. Rolling Stones return to tour https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/rolling-stones-return-to-stage-tour-after-mick-jagger-mends-511618461.html They may be getting old, but they're like an old friend. It's good to have them back.
  14. Yesterday June 18th was Paul McCartney's 77th birthday. There is a nice article on Epiphone's website. http://www.epiphone.com/News/Features/News/2019/Happy-Birthday-Paul-McCartney!.aspx I still remember the Beatles first appearance on Ed Sullivan. Even then, Paul was my favorite. The Beatles started my love of guitars. Wishing Paul all the best and many more!
  15. SG-12

    Reverb

    Reverb is owned by Chicago Music Exchange, a very reputable dealer.
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