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  1. Oops, this reply was meant to be attached to RTH's post, but somehow got attached to the wrong one. Sorry. Anyway, to address your comment, you have a point about hollow body archtops, etc, but this guitar is not from the Epiphone that you know of today. This is a vintage guitar from 1967, just after Epiphone, an independent maker of excellent guitars, sold itself to Gibson. This is one of the last of the "true" Epiphones, not built as a low-end Gibson. Once Gibson acquired the company, and the rights to the guitar, they soon began producing it under their own name. However, Gibson turned it into a laminated guitar, still an excellent guitar and there are probably more pictures of HR playing the Gibson than the Epiphone, but yet not the solid wood, carved top excellence of the first Epiphone HR's.
  2. > I know this response comes months after the fact, but i haven't had a chance to get back here since. Your observation about the electronics is interesting and knowledgable. It is true that a few of these guitars were made as acoustic models. That was a question I raised when I acquired it. However, in those cases, the serial numbers (or at least the labels inside) were marked accordingly. This one has no such marking. According to a communication with Gibson/Epiphone, they believe that a few were actually produced this way. According to the person who appraised the instrument (Buzzy of Lark Street Music), his opinion was that it all was period-correct and most likely factory-made this way, based on the precision of the installation and particularly the accuracy of the cutout around the pickup. It is also, of course, a true Johnny Smith pickup, exactly as used by Epiphone at the time. And, again, the label is not marked "Acoustic". Either way, it is a wonderful sounding and playing guitar. Thanks for your input.
  3. They seemed to have reached a peak in popularity just less than 2 short years ago and interest in them has seemed to have waned. I can't figure it out. Here you have a solid wood, carved-top instrument with an apparently excellent grade spruce and mahogany, along with intricate block inlays, a Johnny Smith humbucker, fine electronics and high quality tuners; in other words, a guitar that, if ordered built by a modern luthier, would cost in the $7-8,000 range, and they're not as sought after as they were a short time ago. I own a 1967 and it compares very favorably with a Campellone Deluxe I also am fortunate enough to own but at twice the price. Can anyone explain this apparent falling out of favor? Anyone else own one? By the way, mine is one of the very few (maybe the only one) that has the electronics floating on the pickguard so that the top remains untouched.
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