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To mods.. I know this is Epiphone but I think its quite relevant to the Gibson lounge as one of the things us Gibson lovers always moan about when it comes to Eip is the headstock shape...

Well check these

https://reverb.com/uk/news/epiphone-launches-inspired-by-gibson-collections-us-made-texan-namm-2020?locale=en-GB

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Fans of Epiphone and Gibson that have long wished for some headstock parity between the brands have reason to rejoice: Epiphone's new Inspired By Gibson Collections will drop the sharp angles of Epiphone's recent headstocks and soften their curves into the "open-book" style, while still being differentiated from Gibson's own design.

The plan to move toward the open-book shape for Epiphone was softly announced back in September 2019 by Gibson CMO Cesar Gueikian, who shared a photo of an elongated open-book headstock on Instagram and said "it's coming" when asked to put it on more Epiphone models, as reported by Guitar World at the time.

The Inspired By Gibson Collections—announced today—will follow Gibson's lineup restructuring from last year. Epiphone's streamlined offerings will go nearly model-for-model with Gibson's, offering less-expensive, foreign-made versions of Gibson designs that look more similar to the US-built Gibsons than ever before.

Like Gibson's bifurcated lineup, Epiphone's Original Collection will feature vintage-style instruments, while the Modern Collection will offer slicker, more contemporary guitars.

The Original Collection—featuring the likes of Les Paul '50s and '60s Standards, SG Standard with Maestro, Firebird, Flying V, and Explorer—will have CTS pots, vintage pickup voicings and wiring, vintage-style tuners, and era-correct neck profiles.

The Modern Collection—featuring the Les Paul Studio, Les Paul Modern, and SG Classic Worn—will have push/pull pots, weight-relief bodies, slim taper necks, and other more contemporary appointments.

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1 minute ago, Cougar said:

So no acoustics?

Actually

US-Built Texan

While the Inspired By Gibson line-up may be Epiphone's biggest news for NAMM 2020, it's not all. One popular acoustic, the Texan, is returning to Stateside production, for the first time in decades. And it's the first of what the company is calling a Epiphone Made in USA line—setting the stage for more stateside guitars to be announced soon.

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1 minute ago, Rabs said:

...it's the first of what the company is calling a Epiphone Made in USA line...

 

Wow!  That is pretty big news!

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I have been praying for these US built Wilshire's for a long time...

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I think this one was released in 2012 and it seems most of them ended up in Japan..

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2 hours ago, SteveFord said:

Bayonne.

I had to go there once when in the Coast Guard. The word Dump doesn't even do it justice.  Where is the Red Wings sticker on the Texans?

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I have the Epi Inspired By Paul Mc Cartney Texan & although it's Asian built it's very good Guitar. It has it's own Sound nicely balanced low to high Freq. Brighter than my Martin & Gibson Acoustics but in a good way. 

I'm interested in the USA Texan. The Wilshire looks similar to the Guitar Del Shannon played.

Are they going to build USA Casinos with Bigsby's? Would love one of those.. 

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Just now, Larsongs said:

I have the Epi Inspired By Paul Mc Cartney Texan & although it's Asian built it's very good Guitar. It has it's own Sound nicely balanced low to high Freq. Brighter than my Martin & Gibson Acoustics but in a good way. 

I'm interested in the USA Texan. The Wilshire looks similar to the Guitar Del Shannon played.

Are they going to build USA Casinos with Bigsby's? Would love one of those.. 

I hope they're built in Bozeman...

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If the quality is good and the guitar plays and sounds nice, the headstock doesn't mean as much. I do like that style better than what they were using though.

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Going to a more Gibson-ish shaped headstock will help alleviate one of problems the assemblers had on how to mount the tuners. A lot of the early Asian built Epiphones tuners were mounted at an angle following the curve of the headstock which could cause problems with larger keys. The current method is mount them straight across from each other, which works quite well, specially with larger keys. I have always liked the look of the clipped Epiphone headstock, but generally the Gibson style works better for tuner placement. Since Gibson owns the trademark, they can do what ever they want. Their original  intent with Epiphone was to provide a less expensive quality guitar on the Gibson path..

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I wonder if Gibson will now try and sue themselves for not being authentic Epiphone   😛 🙂 

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11 minutes ago, FemmeParallell said:

I like this! hope to try them out !

Me too..  I wonder if they sell well (which I think they will) if they will ditch the old headstock completely...  Its always made sense to me that Gibson use Epiphone more in this way to compete with the cheaper end more.. And its not that I think they are bad or anything.. But that headstock has always put a fair amount of people off (I know a lot of people like it too), this way they are more Gibsony... 

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1 hour ago, FemmeParallell said:

I like this! hope to try them out !

 

1 hour ago, Rabs said:

Me too..  I wonder if they sell well (which I think they will) if they will ditch the old headstock completely...  Its always made sense to me that Gibson use Epiphone more in this way to compete with the cheaper end more.. And its not that I think they are bad or anything.. But that headstock has always put a fair amount of people off (I know a lot of people like it too), this way they are more Gibsony... 

Me 3, I think it will be interesting to see what effect the "Inspired by Gibson" Epiphones have on the Chibson market. After recently buying a Starshine Telecaster and much to my dismay it has a Fender logo on it. My Epiphones hardware, in general, is much better.  I think the new Epiphone product line will do very well, I wonder what price range they will be in as they look to target the current higher end Epiphones and what finish they will have?

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13 hours ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

Wouldn't it be a Gibphone then?

LOL! Good one..

Gibsons & Epiphones used to be built in Kalamzoo on the same Assembly Line.. 

Bozeman puts out very high quality Guitars.. I'd bet if they built a Bozeman USA Epi Texan it, no doubt, would be too...

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On 1/11/2020 at 4:52 AM, Murph said:

What TOWN in U.S.A. ?...

 

Here's an article about this.  It says....

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"For the first time in decades Epiphone is launching Epiphone Made in USA starting with The Texan, made in the Gibson Acoustic factory in Bozeman, Montana."

 

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This with a more Gibsony headstock..  I think I would go there  🙂

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