For 140 years, Epiphone has been a leading innovator in designing musical instruments. Epiphone originated the affordable, professional instrument that a musician could play for a lifetime. Whether you're a pro or just starting out, Epiphone has a guitar, bass or acoustic instrument made with you in mind. And every day Epiphone makes longtime classics like the Les Paul and the Casino as well as new models like the Ltd. E. Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer and the Wilshire Phant–o–matic available to players around the world and all with a lifetime guarantee.
The roots of Epiphone begin with the Stathopoulo family from Sparta, Greece, who settled in Manhattan in the early 20th century. Founder Epi Stathopoulo built a showroom as both an exhibition hall and a gathering place for the best musicians of the day, including innovator Les Paul, who built his first "Les Paul" solid body guitar at the Epiphone factory on 14th street. Throughout the ´20s, ´30s and ´40s, Epi patented breakthrough designs of acoustics and electric guitars, and his Masterbilt series is prized in both its vintage and modern incarnations. In 1957, the Strathopoulo family, at the urging of longtime friend Les Paul, merged with its foremost competitor, Gibson. Over the next decade, a new line of Epiphone electrics and acoustics were again embraced by artists in every genre, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, Roy Orbison, The Who, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter.
Today, Epiphone instruments are played on stages and in studios everywhere. Once again, the great artists of our time like Paul McCartney, Gary Clark Jr., Dwight Yoakam, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Alabama Shakes and Tommy Thayer of KISS count on Epiphone for its history, quality and innovation. Rarely is a guitar player without an Epiphone and no guitar collection is complete without one. Now with a new state–of–the–art headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, Epiphone looks to the future every day.
With a long and rich history, Epiphone is one of America’s oldest and most revered instrument makers. Over 125 years ago, Anastasios Stathopoulo opened a small instrument factory in Smyrna, Turkey. Years later, his son Epaminondas, or Epi for short, took over the family business which had relocated to America. He renamed the company Epiphone, a combination of his name and ‘phone’, the Greek word for sound. For a while, the company produced exclusively banjos, which were the most popular instrument in America at the time. Then in 1928, Epiphone introduced its first line of acoustic guitars. Today, Epiphone offers affordable guitars and basses for every player in every genre, regardless of budget or ability.
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