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7 hours ago, 'Scales said:

There is no 'they' for Epiphone. Its KKR, a private equity firm who owns the brand names Gibson and Epiphone (here in Australia they make biscuits/cookies) - if they didn't make these, KKR would be missing out on the large and assumingly lucrative Gibson knockoff market which is much bigger than the Epiphone model market - unless they branded these much cheaper guitars Gibson ...in which case they would maybe wipe out the competition in the knockoff market. Mostly Epiphone just means cheap Gibson to buyers nowadays is my guess?

I own 3 Epiphone's for that reason alone. They would have all been Gibsons If, I could have afforded them. One thing I have noticed, I have 2 Standard guitars. One a Gibson and one a Epiphone. The Gibson, a $3,450.00 guitar and the Epiphone, a $400.00 guitar. While the Epiphone sounds very good and looks great, It is not the same quality as the Gibson. When I put them on the same amp and play both, The Gibson can clearly be heard as the better guitar.  Then again; The Casino with it's P-90's in it and hollow body is even better than both on tone. But I would never say Epiphone is better than Gibson. You pay for what you get. 

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Geez Sparky - whatever the bet was...you earned it!  

I've never wanted an Inspired By Fender Squire or an Inspired By Martin Sigma.  It's like an Inspired By Cadillac Chevy. rct

Case could use some stickers.

59 minutes ago, merciful-evans said:

I liked the sound on that demo. Except for the pick attack, but that might be the recoding setup.

Yes, that sound could make me look at Epiphones again. 

Yeah I thought it looked like it was quite effortless to play and nice range of tones - I kept thinking that would make a lot of sense to gig rather than taking a big dollar, beautiful but somewhat fragile Gibson 33X into a drunken pub gig environment where nobody can hear any difference, and much less care. Very nice.

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1 hour ago, sparquelito said:

Inspired by Marilyn-Monroe. 

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That guy came in last in his Fantasy Football League and that was his punishment.

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16 hours ago, mihcmac said:

Currently the Epiphone design Crestwood, Wilshire, Casino, Sheraton, Coronet, Riviera, Emperor, Wildkat and DC Pro are in production.

I think the profits from Epiphone are keeping Gibson afloat. Epiphone is re-introducing their earlier product line as well, like my Wilshire, which is also excellent.

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THATS BADA$$

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14 hours ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

I thought it was Epiphone - Bought By Gibson.

Indeed it was.  In 1957----

Epiphone began in 1873, in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey), where Greek founder Anastasios Stathopoulos made his own fiddles and lutes (oud, laouto). Stathopoulos moved to the United States in 1903 and continued to make his original instruments, as well as mandolins, from a factory at 35-37 36th Street in Long Island City, Queens, New York. Anastasios died in 1915, and his son, Epaminondas ("Epi"), took over. After two years, the company became known as The House of Stathopoulo.[2] Just after the end of World War I, the company started to make banjos. The company produced its recording line of banjos in 1924 and, four years later, took on the name of the Epiphone Banjo Company. It produced its first guitars in 1928. After Epi died in 1943, control of the company went to his brothers, Orphie and Frixo. In 1951, a four-month-long strike precipitated a relocation of Epiphone from New York City to Philadelphia. In 1957 the company was acquired by Gibson.[2] Since then, the brand has been used for a number of different guitars, some manufactured by Gibson itself in its own factories, and some manufactured by other companies such as Matsumoku under contract to Gibson and marketed under the Epiphone brand.

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2 hours ago, Whitefang said:

Indeed it was.  In 1957----

 

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I though it was back in the late 50's or early 60's. Epi was Gibson's biggest competition back then.

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54 minutes ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

I though it was back in the late 50's or early 60's. Epi was Gibson's biggest competition back then.

Les Paul did a lot of his early development work at the Epiphone facility in the 40's.

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5 hours ago, Karloff said:

THATS BADA$$

I also bought this Coronet based on the 58 version for a friend of mine. A nice thing about the new Wilshire, Crestwood and Coronet they are not copies but they are original Epiphone models. Also note that the bodies are made out of 2 pieces of solid mahogany with no veneer.

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Also note that the ES-335 topic of this thread the body is made out of Layered Maple.

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17 minutes ago, mihcmac said:

I also bought this Coronet based on the 58 version for a friend of mine. A nice thing about the new Wilshire, Crestwood and Coronet they are not copies but they are original Epiphone models. Also note that the bodies are made out of 2 pieces of solid mahogany with no veneer.

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Also note that the ES-335 topic of this tread the body is made out of Layered Maple.

nice amps too

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I just purchase an Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird 12 String, I have absolutely no regrets. I will go as far to say that this is the best playing Epiphone I have ever played and I played some nice Epiphones too

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42 minutes ago, Big Bill said:

I just purchase an Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird 12 String, I have absolutely no regrets. I will go as far to say that this is the best playing Epiphone I have ever played and I played some nice Epiphones too

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Very very nice, another kuwel "Inspired By Gibson", I like all the other stuff in the background too.

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14 hours ago, merciful-evans said:

I liked the sound on that demo. Except for the pick attack, but that might be the recoding setup.

Yes, that sound could make me look at Epiphones again. 

Sounded great. 

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1 hour ago, Big Bill said:

I just purchase an Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird 12 String, I have absolutely no regrets. I will go as far to say that this is the best playing Epiphone I have ever played and I played some nice Epiphones too

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Nice. I have a 12'er. You spend an hour tuning it before you play it.

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It sounds like they're on the right track with the Epiphones, I know there's a real push to upgrade the brand.

My guess is if you played the Epiphone first and then picked up a Gibson ES-335 one would make you go

Now  AT'SA  SOME-A NICE-A plywood!!! in a Father Guido Sarduici accent.

and it would be the one with the gigantic price tag.

The Casino is going to be the real test.  Price is close to the overpriced Gibson ES-330.  Will it stack up?

I say overpriced as they have it the same as a 335 and it used to go 330/335/345/355 as far as pricing.

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33 minutes ago, SteveFord said:

It sounds like they're on the right track with the Epiphones, I know there's a real push to upgrade the brand.

My guess is if you played the Epiphone first and then picked up a Gibson ES-335 one would make you go

Now  AT'SA  SOME-A NICE-A plywood!!! in a Father Guido Sarduici accent.

and it would be the one with the gigantic price tag.

The Casino is going to be the real test.  Price is close to the overpriced Gibson ES-330.  Will it stack up?

I say overpriced as they have it the same as a 335 and it used to go 330/335/345/355 as far as pricing.

Gibson uses 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple while Epiphone has 5-ply Maple but the USA Casino is built  Gibson style with 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple.

The top back and Layered Maple sides on my "Inspired By Gibson" Epiphone ES-339 are 1/4" thick...

the Slim Harpo "Lovell" ES-330 is $2999 currently out of stock on the Gibson site.

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I had a ES-330 in the late 60's not quite as fancy as the one, I wasn't playing lead yet, now I the short neck would be too limiting for me.. 🙂

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8 hours ago, Whitefang said:

Indeed it was.  In 1957----

Epiphone began in 1873, in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey), where Greek founder Anastasios Stathopoulos made his own fiddles and lutes (oud, laouto). Stathopoulos moved to the United States in 1903 and continued to make his original instruments, as well as mandolins, from a factory at 35-37 36th Street in Long Island City, Queens, New York. Anastasios died in 1915, and his son, Epaminondas ("Epi"), took over. After two years, the company became known as The House of Stathopoulo.[2] Just after the end of World War I, the company started to make banjos. The company produced its recording line of banjos in 1924 and, four years later, took on the name of the Epiphone Banjo Company. It produced its first guitars in 1928. After Epi died in 1943, control of the company went to his brothers, Orphie and Frixo. In 1951, a four-month-long strike precipitated a relocation of Epiphone from New York City to Philadelphia. In 1957 the company was acquired by Gibson.[2] Since then, the brand has been used for a number of different guitars, some manufactured by Gibson itself in its own factories, and some manufactured by other companies such as Matsumoku under contract to Gibson and marketed under the Epiphone brand.

Whitefang

I thought someone said Epiphone's history had been erased!  Did you just make up all that stuff about Turkey, and lutes, and The House of Stathopoulo, and banjos, and ....?

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The guitar in the demo looks real nice.  He did say he needed to adjust the truss rod right away.  That wouldn't be a problem for most of us I imagine, but a novice player who buys the Epiphone to save some money might not have the experience to do that, and could be put off by the high action etc. that too much forward bow can present.

As for the sound of it he didn't really give us a chance to hear what it sounds like on it's own.  Everything he played was run through a tube screamer.   That's fine if that's  your style, but isn't really giving a good demo of how the guitar sounds clean on it's own.

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