A History of Epiphone Electric Guitars

Anastasio Stathopoulos founded Epiphone in 1873, admitting it didn’t yet accept that name, as a aggregation that bogus agreeable instruments. The name comes from Anastasio’s son, Epaminondas, who took the aggregation over in 1915, and the Greek chat for sound, which is phone. Aboriginal on the aggregation produced instruments like lutes, fiddles and mandolins, acknowledgment to Anastasio accepting fabricated his own instruments in Smyrna afore casual to America in 1903. These electric guitars were still years away.

When Anastasios died and his son took over in 1915 the aggregation was anon dubbed The House of Strathopolous. Banjo assembly began afterwards the end of Apple War I and the aggregation became added affluent than ever. Banjos alleged Recording Band banjos were appear starting in 1924, and aural a few years the name became the Epiphone Banjo Company. The aboriginal guitars came in 1928 in what was alleged the Recording Guitar line, a far cry from their after electric guitars.

These guitars were not a bartering success for a array of reasons. They had a altered appearance than added guitars, were absolute baby and awful ornate. Gibson bedeviled the marketplace, and Epiphone had no endorsements from musicians. Epiphone appear its Masterbilt alternation in the aboriginal 1950s to battling Gibson’s Master Model series, and one of the better music industry rivalries was begun.

Epiphone guitars became accustomed as some of the finest in the world. Their aboriginal guitars were alien if they absitively not alone to yield on Gibson, but Rickenbacker, the architect of the aboriginal electric guitars. In 1935 the Electar alternation was introduced. They had baffled Gibson to the bite by introducing an electric. Aural two years, Epiphone sales had angled acknowledgment to the new electric guitars.

The animosity amid Gibson and Epiphone continued, with agnate releases, and one absolution a bass if the added appear a violin. It was one of the grandest competitions of the time, and connected until Apple War II. Epi died of leukemia in 1943, abrogation the aggregation in the easily of brothers Orphie and Frixo. While antagonism with Gibson connected and for a few years things seemed to abide as usual, the brothers did not accept a acceptable relationship.

While they were still bearing electric guitars and added instruments, Frixo awash his shares to Orphie in 1948 to be chargeless of the business. By now, the electric guitars were adversity beneath the ache of the company’s management, with beneath best assembly and craftsmanship. And those assassin to aftermath the electric guitars were more blame for unions, as unionization was a huge affair in post-war America. To escape the abutment pressures, Orphie confused the aggregation from Manhattan to Philadelphia in 1953. But abounding of the craftsmen who had been authoritative the Epiphone electric guitars banned to move, and the superior fell.Noise gate Pedals

During this aeon of lower superior Epiphone guitars, Gibson’s acceptability had developed stronger with the addition of the Telecaster and again the Cadillac of guitars, the Stratocaster. Gibson had been bearing basses afore the war and not restarted. If Orphie offered their bass administration to Gibson for $20,000, he accustomed and Gibson captivated the company. Because Epiphone had ahead been some of the most-respected instruments on the market, Gibson didn’t lose the cast name, instead congenital it into their own.

Epiphone electric guitars now became superior instruments that were beatific to dealerships who hadn’t won a arrangement to advertise absolute Gibson’s. Antagonism was angry for Gibson guitars then, and alone assertive sellers were even accustomed to backpack them. So those who capital them but hadn’t yet becoming the appropriate would get to backpack these electric guitars instead. By 1958 Gibson active some of the archetypal Epiphone guitars. Eventually stars like Ernest Tubbs and 3 of the Beatles acclimated Epiphone guitars, blame them on to greater success.


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