Epiphone Electric Guitars
Amazingly, Epiphone found its start in the Ottoman Empire, which is now Izmir Turkey. The company was formed by a Greek man named Anastasios Stathopoulos. In the early years Epiphone focused on crafting fiddles and lute, until Stathopoulos moved Epiphone to the United States in 1903.
Upon arriving in the United States, Epiphone set up shop in Queens, New York and began building mandolins along with the original fiddle and lute designs. In 1915 Epaminondas Stathopoulos inherited the company from his father after Anastasios passed away and the company expanded it’s production to include banjos, which it embraced as it’s main focus for instrument production. It wasn’t until 1928 that Epiphone began producing guitars.
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Eventually, the quality guitar building drew the attention of Gibson and Gibson parent company CMI acquired Epiphone and began to produce guitars that shared qualities of Gibson and even had similar pairings with Les Paul as the electric guitar grew in popularity. This worked well for Epiphone, though some of the nicer models that were cheaper than what Gibson could offer but just as high in quality ended up being discontinued.
Then comparison to Gibson on furthered the power of the Epiphone brand and the result has been a guitar brand that produces amazing guitars that look and sound incredible. Epiphone maintains it’s own special look and sound with it’s guitars and basses that is separate from that of Gibson and Epiphone specializes in archtop guitars. The most famous guitar of Epiphone may be “Lucille” which is the guitar that B.B. King made famous.
Many of the early made vintage Epiphones are extremely valuable and the company continues to make some nice high end gear. For beginners and intermediate players, the expansion of the company overseas opened up some very affordable if not cheap builds for guitarists that want the signature look and sound of Epiphone without breaking the bank.
Epiphone has such a cool look and sound that so many great guitarists have been attracted to these fine electric guitars, including:
John Lennon of The Beatles
George Harrison of The Beatles
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones
Pete Townshend of The Who
The Edge of U2
Matthew Followill of Kings Of Leon
Ace Frehley of Kiss
Scott Thurston of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Nick Valensi of The Strokes
Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister
Noel Gallagher of Oasis
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day
Marc Bolan of T. Rex
Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance
Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones
Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend
Alex Lifeson of Rush
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails