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Cathie5

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Hi there! My son just brought home an Epiphone electric guitar he purchased at a pawn shop. I noticed that he pronounced the name "epi-phone," and apparantly the salesman did the same. I'm 53 years old, and back in my hippy-dippy days in the 70s, musicians played awesome Epiphone guitars, but they pronounced the name as "Epiphany." No, it wasn't the drugs, that was really what it was called. Can you enlighten me on this? Thanks!

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The name comes from Epi Stathopoulo + 'phone' from the Greek word for sound. Hence Epi-phone.

..and "epi" is an all-encompassing prefix meaning near, next to, close to, beside, around, on and after so it's also a play on that as well as on Epaminondas' nick name.

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Thanks for your answers, guys.. although CB, you do look like a very young Paul McCartney, emphasis on "young." Long ago, before there was a wikipedia, we relied on word-of-mouth to know what things were named. I was hoping a person from my generation who grew up near me in the New York City area would respond.

 

When I googled "pronounce epiphone," sure enough, I got some hits like this: "My dad says it was pronounced epiphany, but my friends said he's crazy," etc. Apparently it wasn't just my NY area musician pals who used this early pronunciation. Epi-phone is a downright ugly word, sounds cheap and old-fashioned, and I wonder who came up with the cool and elegant pronunciation I first learned..... Thanks for your interest!!!

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Thanks for your answers' date=' guys.. although CB, you do look like a very young Paul McCartney, emphasis on "young." [/quote']

 

You're quite welcome, Cathie5. My Avatar photo IS "Paul McCartney," in about 1965-6.

I'm a big "Beatles" fan, and Epiphone Casino (which is the guitar he's holding) fan, too.

 

CB

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Ibanez, despite being a Japanese company, takes its name from a Spanish luthier, whose guitars they imported.

 

When his workshop was destroyed, Hoshino Gakki bought the rights to the Ibanez name and made their own.

 

According to Wikipedia, at least.

 

So really, EE-BAHN-YEZ is correct, in Spanish. Originally it was accented "Ibáñez."

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Ibanez' date=' despite being a Japanese company, takes its name from a Spanish luthier, whose guitars they imported.

 

When his workshop was destroyed, Hoshino Gakki bought the rights to the Ibanez name and made their own.

 

According to Wikipedia, at least.

 

So really, EE-BAHN-YEZ is correct, in Spanish. Originally it was accented "Ibáñez."[/quote']

Wow! So my pronunciation of EYE-buh-nez has always been wrong! Well dang! That's a 30 year old habit I'm gonna have to break! Thanks for that info! =D>

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...I was hoping a person from my generation who grew up near me in the New York City area would respond.

 

I'm 57, from NYC (Brooklyn / Staten Island), spent a lot of time at Manny's and the other 48th Street stores in the late '60s... Eppa - phone.

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