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THE EPIPHONE STORY For over 140 years, Epiphone has been a leading innovator in designing professional affordable musical instruments.


Whether you’re a pro or just starting out, Epiphone has a guitar, bass, or acoustic instrument made with you in mind. The roots of Epiphone go back to the Stathopoulo family from Sparta, Greece, who began building instruments in 1873.


The family settled in Manhattan in the early 1920s where Epiphone founder Epi Stathopoulo, a second generation luthier, built a Manhattan showroom as both an exhibition hall and a gathering place for the best musicians of the day including innovator Les Paul. Les built his first “Les Paul” solid body guitar at the Epiphone factory on 14th street. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Epi patented numerous breakthrough designs for banjos, upright basses, and


both acoustic and electric guitars, including the Masterbilt acoustic guitar. In 1957, at the urging of Les Paul, the Stathopoulo family merged with its foremost competitor, Gibson. Over the next decade, a new line of Epiphone acoustic and electric instru- ments were again embraced by artists in every genre including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, John Lee Hooker, Roy Orbison, The Who, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Winter. Today from its state-of-the-art headquarters in Nashville, TN, Epiphone instruments are helping a new generation make


music history. Epiphone is the official instrument of Rocksmith 2014, the critically acclaimed video experience that’s teaching millions around the world how to play guitar and bass. The new and innovative PRO-1™ Collection is the first in a new series of guitars designed by pros to be easy to play. And once again, the great artists of our time like Gary Clark Jr., Paul McCartney, Slash, Joe Bonamassa, Tak Matsumoto, Jack Casady, Lee Malia, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama Shakes, FUN., Matt Heafy, Vampire Weekend, Brendon Small, and Tommy Thayer of KISS and many others count on Epiphone for our history of quality and innovation. Rarely is a guitar player without an Epiphone and no guitar collection is complete without one. At Epiphone, we’re designers, we’re players, and we’re mavericks. And we’re passionate about everything we do.


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