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The name "Epiphone" came from proprietor and founder Anastasios Stathopoulos’ son Epaminondas Stathopoulos' nickname: "Epi" and "phone" from Greek phon-, "sound"/"voice". The company began in 1873 in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire (now Izmir, Turkey), producing fiddles and lutes. Stathopoulo moved to Long Island City, New York in 1903 and continued to make his original instruments as well as mandolins. ‘Epi’ took over after his father’s passing in 1915 and named the company, “The House of Stathopoulo”.
The company began to make banjos after World War I and became the Epiphone Banjo Company. They produced their first guitars in 1928. They were taken over by main competitor at the time, Gibson, in 1957 in the aftermath of World War II but held onto its own line of archtop models, which remained sought after alongside their Gibson models.
Epiphone's history is dotted with legendary musicians. Guitar pioneer Les Paul, worked nights in the Epiphone factory in New York City to create "the Log", his prototype of what would eventually be called the "Les Paul." Beatles' bassist Paul McCartney chose an Epiphone Casino as his first American made guitar and John Lennon and George Harrison followed suit not long after. The Casino appeared on every Beatles album from Help through Abbey Road. Today, Epiphone can be heard on albums by Alabama Shakes, My Chemical Romance, Nirvana, Machine Head, Dwight Yoakam, The Strokes, Slash, Jeff Waters, Paul Simon, Radiohead, Lenny Kravitz, and Paul Weller.

New Epiphone technical breakthroughs such as the ProBucker™ pickup, built-in KillSwitch™ pots, the Shadow NanoFlex™ and NanoMag™ pickup systems, and premier acoustic/electric guitars with the eSonic™ preamp have brought Epiphone to a brand new generation and show no signs of them slowing down or getting stuck in any ways of an already stellar past.

Les Paul once said; "Epiphone always made a good guitar,” - strong words put lightly from one of the names most associated with the guitar in the history of the instrument.
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Epiphone Hummingbird Artist

The affordable Hummingbird. The Hummingbird Artist is Epiphone's take on the famous Gibson Hummingbird design. At a very affordable price, this guitar is powerful and comfortable to play.Like it's big sister, the Epiphone Hummingbird Artist sounds good in strumming and picking, also, it is as a great fit to the novice singer songwriter.It is an all mahogany guitar, with rosewood fretboard and a slim tapered neck which feels very cosy in the hand.To sum it up we would simply say that the Epiphone Hummingbird Artist looks and sounds more than it costs. If you are in the market for a guitar around 250$ make sure you check it out.

Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass

Designed by Jack Casady. This Signature Bass was designed by Jack Casady in collaboration with Epiphone. The Epiphone Jack Casady Signature bass has a mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and a JCB-1 Low-Impedance Humbucker mounted in the middle position. It is a sweet semi-hollow body bass and comes in either black or gold finish.

Epiphone EB-0 Bass

Epiphone's take on Gibson's legendary EB-0 Bass. The Epiphone EB-0 with the SG body shape is a recreation of the vintage original Gibson EB-0 from the '60s. This replica of the classic EB-0 has a mahogany neck (bolt-on) and body, and a rosewood fretboard. The pickup is a Sidewinder Humbucker placed at the neck. Gibson's EB models were favoured by many bassists of the 60's like Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones, Cream’s Jack Bruce and The Who’s John Entwistle. If you're after that dry bass sound on a budget you have to try the Epiphone EB-0 out!

Epiphone SG Special

The inexpensive rocker by Epiphone. After the G-400 and G-310 models, now comes the Epiphone SG Special guitar with an incredible price/value ratio. Many people do not know this, but the SG model actually replaced the Les Paul model sometime during 1961. Yup, there were no single cut shaped les pauls offered new back then for several years...Anyway, players like Angus young, Toni Iommi and more have made the Gibson SG their main axe, and now Epiphone brings you another version of that iconic guitar which will not break the bank.With mahogany body, rosewood fretboard, 24.75 scale, 700T Humbuckers and these iconic double horned design the Epiphone SG Special guitar is a one punchy guitar with a lot of crisp and tightness.It is also a light weighted guitar, which means it is a lot of fun to jam with while standing. You can jump and go crasy all around with this thing!If you are a beginner or intermediate guitar player aiming to become a rock star, you will appreciate the Epiphone SG Special guitar.

Epiphone AJ-45ME

A quality Epiphone made version of the legendary Gibson J-45. Epiphone continues its historic Masterbilt series with the new Epiphone Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME Acoustic/Electric. The legendary Gibson J-45 round shoulder dreadnought has been the driving power behind decades of classics in every genre--rock, pop, and country. From Hank Williams to John Lennon the “J-45” has been the go-to guitar for songwriters and rhythm guitarists. Epiphone’s first Ltd. Ed. reissue of the "The Workhorse" J-45 earned it a “Mark of Excellence Award” from Guitar One magazine and now the new Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME Acoustic/Electric brings two legends together for the first time!

Epiphone EJ-200

Epiphone's "King of the Flat-tops". The Epiphone EJ-200 brings back the historic acoustic guitar deservedly known as the “King of the Flat-tops,” the J-200. Originally introduced in 1937, the J-200 set a standard for guitar excellence that others have been trying to match ever since. Today—over 70 years later—the legacy of “King of the Flat-tops” lives on in our EJ 200.When the J-200 was first introduced, it immediately filled a need for a deeper, more balanced and powerful acoustic instrument that could project over stages and radio. The J-200 was a radical new guitar, bigger and bolder than any previous design, and gave artists in the new American music scene of the ‘30s an instrument capable of projecting well beyond that of any other acoustic on the market—a fact that still holds true today. Gene Autry and Roy Rogers frequently made the J-200 their guitar of choice for dozens of Westerns, making cowboys and their guitars forever linked. The J-200 has been the best friend of country and western music ever since. The J-200 is the acoustic guitar that every player wants whether on the open range or an open stage.