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Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Crestwood Custom Reissue Electric Guitar  

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The 50th Anniversary "1962" Crestwood Custom SB332 Outfit has a historically correct Crestwood profile made from mahogany with a beautiful finish. Th...Read More

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An eye-catching guitar with dual humbuckers and Tremotone tremolo.

The 50th Anniversary "1962" Crestwood Custom SB332 Outfit has a historically correct Crestwood profile made from mahogany with a beautiful finish. The mahogany neck features a rosewood fingerboard with pearloid oval inlays, 22 medium jumbo frets, and a 1960s SlipTaper™. The pickguard is especially eye catching with a butterfly-shaped clear guard with a vintage style foil "E". Original vintage Crestwoods are extremely rare and go for as much a $6,000 on the vintage market. If you can find one!

The Crestwood Custom also features Epiphone Alinco Classic mini-humbuckers along with Epiphone's top-of-the-line electronics including TopHat controls with metal inserts. Tuning is easy and accurate thanks to Wilkinson™ vintage style tuners with "tulip" buttons and a 14:1 ratio. The Crestwood comes with Epiphone's time-tested LockTone™ Tune-o-matic bridge and a Tremotone™ tremolo. The "1962" Crestwood Custom SB332 Outfit includes a period correct case and a 1962 Collection Certificate of Authenticity.

All three of these Epiphone classics will be issued in limited quantities of 1,962 pieces.

All of the "1962" Collection instruments were designed by Epiphone luthiers who worked from the best examples of vintage originals found in Epiphone's own collection in Nashville. Measure for measure, the "1962" Collection recreates the look, sound, and feel of the originals first produced at the Gibson & Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1962, the same factory that produced the Les Paul Standard, the SG, and the 335. Includes case.

FEATURES
  • Crestwood profile made from mahogany
  • 1960s SlipTaper™ Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid oval inlays
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Butterfly-shaped clear guard with a vintage style foil "E"
  • Epiphone Alinco Classic mini-humbuckers TopHat controls with metal inserts.
  • Wilkinson™ vintage style tuners with "tulip" buttons and a 14:1 ratio.
  • LockTone™ Tune-o-matic bridge and a Tremotone™ tremolo.
  • Includes a period correct case

Pay tribute to a key year in Epiphone's history. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

50th Ann. "1962" Crestwood Custom Reissue Electric Guitar

  • Top Material: Mahogany
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper™
  • Neck Joint: Glued-In
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Truss Rod Cover: 2-Layer (Black/White)
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood w/"Pearloid" Oval Inlays
  • Headstock: Dovewing 3-on-a-side w/"Pearloid" Dot Inlay
  • Bridge Pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic Mini-Humbucker
  • Neck Pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic Mini-Humbucker
  • Controls: Volume - Bridge Pickup, Volume - Neck Pickup, Tone - Bridge pickup, Tone - Neck Pickup, 3-way Toggle Pickup Selector
  • Binding Headstock: None
  • Binding Body: None
  • Binding Neck: None
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 22; Medium-Jumbo
  • Bridge: LockTone™ Tune-o-matic
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Wilkinson™ Vintage Tuners w/Tulip Buttons; 14:1 Ratio
  • Pickguard: Butterfly Shape; Clear & White w/Vinatge Foil "E"
  • Tailpiece: Tremotone™
  • Knobs: Top Hats w/Metal Inserts
  • Other: None
  • Colors: Cherry (CH)
  • Includes: 1962 Collection Certificate of Authenticity, Presentation Binder with Collection Photo, 1962 Hard Case Reissue, Epiphone User's Manual, Truss Rod Wrench, Poster, Bumper Sticker, Warranty Information
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Epiphone50th Ann. "1962" Crestwood Custom Reissue Electric Guitar
 
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  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

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      5.0

      The new "Cool" Great Playin' Axe!

      By Too Many Teles

      from Ocean City Maryland

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Does Everything Right
        • Good All-a-round Player

        Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Crestwood Custom Reissue Electric Guitar:

        This new Line-up of Epi re-issues really fill the void that other manufactors have left. Classic styling, very well constructed, solid trons, stable tuning, good to great fret feel, & really well done finishs. Who'd ever thought Chinese made Epiphones would become the new "Cool". I've been playing for over 50 years, got some great old gear & have more then found a place in my stage "line-up" for these new Epiphones. If you haven't tried a new Crestwood through a Blues Jr... You should... Great spank & can honestly say... This re-ish Crestwood out performs my mid-60s... Maybe not as vintage looking, but at the rate it's getting used, it'll gather that worn in look in no time... As 50-60 hours of play time has given it a nice "played" feel already. Hey, remember? a little chicken greese is WAY better for your rosewood fretboard then "spray-on" treatments.

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        5.0

        Neat and gaudy retro-vibe for the buck

        By Jabbers

        from New Live Free Or Die Hampshire

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              Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Crestwood Custom Reissue Electric Guitar:

              This is a pretty fun guitar...and for the money it was a steal.

              I have never played a vintage Crestwood so I can not compare to a real '62 though I understand this may have an improved trem system.

              This particular guitar is comfortable/well balanced, and played well out of the box. No truss rod tweaking needed and intonation was fine. Fit and finish are fine with no blems. Neck is smooth, action is low and trem goes back to tune. The mini humbuckers have some bite and are fairly versatile clean or through gain.

              I understand this was a limited run. perhaps Epiphone will make them available again as they really are fun, light and comfortable. All the case candy was a nice plus...as was the case, which is very well made. Good job Epiphone.

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              5.0

              coolest guitar ever made

              By Crust

              from Brockton, MA

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Crestwood Custom Reissue Electric Guitar:

                just look at it, a real piece of playable art, and the trem arm problems have been corrected. Works great with sound effect pedals, pedalboard, tremtone tremolo unit sounds great, both sharp and flat, comes back to pitch OK...just look at it, you know you want it... nice case too..

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                5.0

                I like it

                By Josh

                from Camarillo

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fast neck
                • Nicely Finished

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Crestwood Custom Reissue Electric Guitar:

                    I originally learned about this guitar when Prince borrowed and then threw Captain Kirk's original vintage one up in the air and broke the headstock. I had been thinking of getting an SG, but like the looks of this one better. Then MF lowered the price over Thanksgiving so I ordered one.
                    It played ok out of the box, but needed some small adjustments at the truss rod and bridge. I also put graphite into the nut grooves. The tuning stability is pretty good, good enough that I've already gigged it twice. Still needs some minor work, possibly a run through at the nut of 1000 grit sand paper. Tremelo is not for dive bombs, but I would think that someone who is going for the 60's vibe would know that. The body has figured laminate on the top and back, but the joints are well-hidden.
                    The pick up selector did not work on mine. I opened up the back control plate and noticed that two of the pots were touching. Moved them and that solved the problem.
                    Overall, I can't believe how well it plays and looks for 3 bills. That is less than they cost in 1962!

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                    5.0

                    Great Reissue!

                    By Budacus

                    from Raleigh, NC

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

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                        Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Crestwood Custom Reissue Electric Guitar:

                        I was lucky enough to purchase a new Crestwood in cherry red with HSC and all the associated case candy on Thanksgiving Day; received it 12/02/14. Yeah, I had to clean up the frets, feed the fret-board, set intonation, adjust the bridge & truss rod and she's now a keeper. (I know some buyers are always complaining "it should be setup perfect out of the box", but to me that is as silly as saying "I had to adjust the mirrors, seats, and radio stations in my brand new car!")

                        I used to own a 1960's era Epiphone Casino with a stock Tremotone that would never stay in tune. And I prefer this modified version with the Bigsby type spring that resolves the original tuning instability vs. the original internal torsion spring. And I am not experiencing any strings popping out of their saddles. (Will also mention that the original Tremotone had the same proportional string roller design that did not change.) What I don't like about this trem is when you point the arm to the rear for non-use, the other end hits my picking hand palm. I will probably just move the arm to the farthest mounting hole as a solution, or just adjust my picking hand.

                        Mine has a multi-piece Mahogany body with veneer on both the top and back (looks like ribbon grain Sapele veneer). Very nice looking guitar and much nicer than other Crestwood reissues I have seen without the veneer caps. I will admit I am not a fan of headstock scarf joints (ahhh, except Bob Taylor's superior design) but for the price point of this reissue it will do just fine.

                        Everything screams "retro" and the visual quirkiness and functionality (or non-functionality) of the original design is of course perpetuated with this reissue. Lots going on here with the trem, 4 knobs, selector switch, output jack and that huge pickguard squeezed onto the top. Makes working the controls somewhat of a challenge, but it goes with the territory of this design. Hmmm, might go the Billy Gibbons route and just wire up with a single volume control where the selector switch resides…

                        Pickups are fairly decent and they don't squeal. Basically they do their job and I have no interest with swapping them out. (I also owned a new early 70's Les Paul Deluxe with mini-humbuckers that were not wax potted and squealed like Arnold Ziffel at feeding time.) Neck pup measures 6.8K DC resistance while the bridge is a hotter 10.3K. Control cavity has shielding paint in the cavity with aluminum tape on the cavity cover. Full sized Alpha A500K tone pots and full sized "Made in Korea" volume pots that I assume are also 500K but a different taper, or they could be 300K similar to many Gibson's.

                        Bottom line: All in all, this was a mega-guitar deal for very little-denaro. The hard shell case was an added bonus that sealed the deal. If you can find one and are capable of using a screwdriver, Allen wrench, steal wool, lemon oil, and some elbow grease, then it's highly recommended. Then again, look elsewhere if you are somewhat challenged with just changing strings. Or better yet, find a friend who can teach you how to maintain/setup a guitar.

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                        5.0

                        Brings back fond memories!

                        By Uncle Lar

                        from Chicago area.

                        About Me Novice

                        Pros

                        • Beautiful Color
                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Tone
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                        • No Complaints

                        Best Uses

                        • Great Stress Reliever
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Crestwood Custom Reissue Electric Guitar:

                        I bought one of these new in 1962/63 and always regretted selling it. I've been looking for a used one for a number of years and was very pleased that Gibson/Epiphone re-issued it. This one appears to have a slimmer neck than the original I owned but everything else about it looks and feels right. Brings back lots of memories of days gone by!

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                        5.0

                        Haha! Surprised how much I love it!

                        By Brett B.

                        from Washington State

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Great build quality
                        • Great feel
                        • Unique Style
                        • Versatile tone
                        • Versatile Tones

                        Cons

                        • Seriously None

                        Best Uses

                        • All Around Versatile Tool

                        Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Crestwood Custom Reissue Electric Guitar:

                        The first thing that should be said is that this guitar looks a million times better than the stock photos online suggest. This guitar's overall quality, fit and finish is far greater than what I was expecting. FUN is the best way to describe this guitar, but in no way should it be implied that it is toy like. The tremolo is supurb on this, operating much smoother and with greater tuning stability than any Bigsby-style unit I've ever used... Maybe second only to the trem system on a Jaguar or Jazzmaster. The feel of the guitar is solid and comfortable, feeling similar to an SG, but with better overall balance and a much more solid overall feel. The pickups sound great, but I am somewhat surprised that they chose to not put the Gibson USA minihumbuckers in this model when all of the other "1962 Series" Epiphones did use them. Regardless, it is still a great sounding guitar. Setup out of the box was actually somewhat decent, but as with any online guitar purchase, a full setup with fresh strings is an absolute nessesity, regardless of brand or price.

                        This guitar is the 6th in my collection, and is the only imported guitar I own. That said, it is not lacking in any way in fit, finish or sound. And it looks ABSOLUTELY over the top awesome. The historically accurate grey/blue case was a super nice touch, and it too is of a higher quality than I was expecting. Looking at a photo of a real '62 Crestwood, they NAILED every detail of the original, which really makes me feel good about this purchase. I hope this is indicative of what Epiphone will be delivering to customers in the future, because there is literally nothing to not like about this guitar. For the first time in a LONG TIME, I actually made a guitar purchase where I feel I finally got my money's worth. Great job Epiphone... Let's see more work like this!

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A Great Value for a Collectable Guitar

                        By Mic Mason

                        from Annapolis,MD

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                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Good Tone
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Crestwood Custom Reissue Electric Guitar:

                            I didn't think there were any 62 Crestwood reissues left.With only 1962 of them produced and released in Sept 2012,I thought they were pretty much gone. Then they showed up at MF,and after a six week backorder,it finally arrived.
                            This is one sweet guitar.Slightly retro looking,with a beautiful red finish.
                            Mine arrived flawless.Fit and finish are perfect,with no rough edge to the frets and a pretty much perfect paint job.Setup was perfect out of the box.Intonation and action are spot on.This one was put together with an obvious eye toward quality.
                            The guitar is super lightweight.It's well balanced,and feels great on the shoulder.
                            The mini humbuckers give me all the versatility I need.With the standard Gibson pickup selector and and dual Vol and tone controls,I can go from twangy country to thick blues tones at the flick of a switch.
                            The Tremotone is a little stiff for my taste,but it works well,and doesn't cause any tuning problems if used with restraint.
                            The period correct case is a nice touch.It's very plush,and the guitar fits perfectly.
                            I was a little dissapointed that Epiphone didn't assign it a serial # 01-1962,since they made a big deal out of the limited production run,although they did add a 1962 Collection Certificate of Authenticity to the package.
                            Epiphone did a great job with this one.If your looking for an investment instrument this is an affordable alternative to a "custom shop special".If you're just looking for a great playing,great sounding guitar,then it's that and more.

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