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post Oct 8 2007, 11:49 AM
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I've seen Epiphone, and Gibson guitars, and then that there's some connection between them. Did some company called Epiphone buy out Gibson, did Gibson make a new series of guitars called Epiphones? Can someone shed some light on this?

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post Oct 8 2007, 11:52 AM
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QUOTE (Ayen @ Oct 8 2007, 11:49 AM) *
I've seen Epiphone, and Gibson guitars, and then that there's some connection between them. Did some company called Epiphone buy out Gibson, did Gibson make a new series of guitars called Epiphones? Can someone shed some light on this?


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post Oct 8 2007, 11:54 AM
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Actually, no. Can you explain?

A noob-ish question I know, but I figured what site would know better than GMC?


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post Oct 8 2007, 12:18 PM
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QUOTE (Ayen @ Oct 8 2007, 06:49 AM) *
I've seen Epiphone, and Gibson guitars, and then that there's some connection between them. Did some company called Epiphone buy out Gibson, did Gibson make a new series of guitars called Epiphones? Can someone shed some light on this?



Gibson owns Epiphone, after a long battle between them and then WWII came along and Leukemia killed the original "Epi(phone)" creator, in 1957 Gibon bought out Epiphone originally because Gibson didn't have a bass business after the war.

An Epiphone LP is an interpretation of a Gibson(some models are actually Epiphone originals). The entire history of the company can be found on the internet under a search for Epiphone.

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post Oct 8 2007, 01:50 PM
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Well i can tell you Gibson was originally made in Kallamazoo and now they have a shop in Nashville TN.i know alot of Epi's are made over sea's if not all of them are so thats a big difference.


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post Oct 8 2007, 02:15 PM
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QUOTE (shredmandan @ Oct 8 2007, 08:50 AM) *
Well i can tell you Gibson was originally made in Kallamazoo and now they have a shop in Nashville TN.i know alot of Epi's are made over sea's if not all of them are so thats a big difference.



They are made in Korea but Epiphone brings in American master luthiers. They lured away one of the head lutiers from Gibson. Epiphone uses the same knowledge, materials and manufactoring process as Gibson. Of course from looking at them, the finishes on the Gibson seem to be a lot better, most likely Gibson uses more layers of paint and/or stain and clearcoat on their guitars. Probably finer sanding on the wood to.


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post Oct 8 2007, 02:31 PM
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Its also the same type of thing with Fender, and Squier.
All the Epi's are kind of just ripoffs of the real gibsons but for the price still have a an amazing quality.
Squiers on the other hand, Eh.

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QUOTE (Eat-Sleep-andJam @ Oct 8 2007, 02:31 PM) *
Its also the same type of thing with Fender, and Squier.
All the Epi's are kind of just ripoffs of the real gibsons but for the price still have a an amazing quality.
Squiers on the other hand, Eh.


Yeah at least with Epiphones your generally getting a really great guitar - not so with squier sad.gif


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post Oct 8 2007, 03:49 PM
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I own a Epiphone les Paul Ultra and I think it's great.

The quality and finish is amazing for the price. Better than the cheaper Gibsons, obviously not as good as the more expensive Gibson Les Pauls (which are about 4 times the price of the Epi...)
Comparable to my Fender US Strat which was about twice as expensive. The finish on the neck of the Strat is a little smoother though.

The Epi Les Paul Ultra was the first Les Paul with some hollow cavities in the body, to reduce weight and to improve the sound.
If I'm not mistaken, the newer Gibson models have the same, so there still seems to be a strong connection.


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