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Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar Royal Olive Burst 

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  • Laminated maple top and body
  • Mahogany neck with a 1960s SlipTaper™ profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
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A sharp re-creation of Epiphone's classic thinline hollowbody.

The 50th Anniversary "1962" Sorrento E452TDN Outfit features a laminated maple top and body, a mahogany neck with a 1960s SlipTaper™ profile, a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, 20 medium jumbo frets, historically accurate binding and tortoise style pickguard, and Gibson USA mini-humbuckers. Like the Casino, the Sorrento is a completely hollow design that makes for a lightweight guitar with a wide range of tones.

The Tune-o-matic™ floating bridge has a rosewood bridge base with a reissue of the original classic trapeze tailpiece. The Sorrento's electronics are top-notch Epiphone quality with CTS potentiometers, a ¼" non-rotating output jack, and gold TopHat controls to go along with Wilkinson™ Vintage Style machine heads with small buttons and a 14:1 tuning ratio. The dovewing headstock has a classic Epiphone metal logo badge and there is also a historically accurate "blue rectangular" Epiphone label. The "1962" Sorrento comes with a period-correct hard 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

  • Laminated maple top and body
  • Mahogany neck with a 1960s SlipTaper™ profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 20 medium jumbo frets
  • Tortoise style pickguard
  • Gibson USA mini-humbuckers
  • Tune-o-matic™ floating bridge with rosewood bridge base
  • Classic Trapeze tailpiece
  • CTS potentiometers
  • Wilkinson™ Vintage Style machine heads
  • Dovewing headstock has a classic Epiphone metal logo badge
  • Includes period-correct hard case

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

 

50th Ann. "1962" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Top Material: Laminated Maple
  • Body Material: Laminated Maple
  • 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" Dot Inlays
  • Headstock: Dovewing 3-on-a-side w/Vintage Metal Epiphone Logo Badge
  • Bridge Pickup: Gibson USA Mini-Humbucker
  • Neck Pickup: Gibson USA Mini-Humbucker
  • Controls: Volume - Bridge Pickup, Volume - Neck Pickup, Tone - Bridge pickup, Tone - Neck Pickup, 3-way Toggle Pickup Selector (CTS Potentiometers)
  • Binding Headstock: None
  • Binding Body: Top & Back - 1-Layer (White)
  • Binding Neck: None
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 20; Medium-Jumbo
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic on "Floating" Rosewood Bridge Base
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Wilkinson™ Vintage with Small Plastic Buttons; 14:1 Ratio
  • Pickguard: Imitation Tortoise w/Vintage Foil "E"
  • Tailpiece: 1962 Trapeze Reissue
  • Knobs: Gold Top Hats w/Metal Inserts
  • Other: Period Correct Blue Rectangle Serial Number Label
  • 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" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (13)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (9)
    • Jamming (7)
    • Recording (7)
    • Small venues (7)
    • Rock concerts (4)
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      • Experienced (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A guitar worth having.

    I received a Epiphone Sorrento as a 60th birthday gift from family and friends. I had never played a reissue but had owned a mid 60's years ago. Quite simply this guitar is...Read complete review

    I received a Epiphone Sorrento as a 60th birthday gift from family and friends. I had never played a reissue but had owned a mid 60's years ago. Quite simply this guitar is so close to an original its fantastic. First off the finish on mine is natural and its just beautiful. The poly finish is very light so it does not have the plastic feel some guitars have. The fit and finish is wonderful and so well made I truly thought it was as good as my Gibson Les Paul Special. Fingerboard is just great and has a very sweet feel to it. The action was good but I lowered it and i had no fretting out or buzz at all. It did need the truss rod adjusted but all new guitars do. The electronics are beautiful. The Gibson mini humbuckers are my favs and these just scream. I can get a very soft jazz sound if I roll off the tone and put the volume at 8 or so however if I over drive the amp and use the bridge pickup I can get unreal sustain and grind. Some notes will keep ringing for as long as I hold it. As light and open as the sound is I have not had uncontrollable howl you might expect from a full hollow body.
    Two slight and I mean slight comments. The fingerboard had a dark stain to it I suppose to make it look aged. I used steel wool to remove it and found a very nice rosewood board. The case is very nice but some of the covering had shrunk and had to be glued. Not a big deal to me and I always enjoy fixing anything I can. These guitars are very different from the Casino or the Sheraton. Its a very cool addition to any collection and a great all around guitar.
    Get one while you can.

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    Disappointed

    I stared at the pictures of this guitar for a long time, and I finally had some cash so I ordered one up. It got here in about four days.
    When i...Read complete review

    I stared at the pictures of this guitar for a long time, and I finally had some cash so I ordered one up. It got here in about four days.
    When i opened up the box and took a look, I was sad to see that the wood selected for the front and back was not a clear, clean pattern as you would expect for a "collectable" guitar.
    The finish was well done. I noticed the headstock was a separate piece from the neck, with wood grain going different ways.
    Then I saw the metal logo. It was held on by three screws, and the bottom screw missed it's mark slightly to the left. I never played it, but sent it back.
    Musician's Friend took it back without a hassle, and I was very grateful.
    Lovely pictures, though.

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    5.0

    Surprisingly good hollow body

    By Cletus R(e) Petus

    from Boise, Idaho

    About Me Experienced

    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" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar:

      I love the pickups, I love mini-humbuckers, but have been recently disappointed with Gibson's new ideas about "firebirds."
      Along with rock and blues I play some (ie very little) jazz or psuedo-jazz.
      I just want the tools to let me go there, and this guitar does that. Isn't that what you want?

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      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Disappointed

      By Waterman

      from Portland, Or

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar:

      I stared at the pictures of this guitar for a long time, and I finally had some cash so I ordered one up. It got here in about four days.
      When i opened up the box and took a look, I was sad to see that the wood selected for the front and back was not a clear, clean pattern as you would expect for a "collectable" guitar.
      The finish was well done. I noticed the headstock was a separate piece from the neck, with wood grain going different ways.
      Then I saw the metal logo. It was held on by three screws, and the bottom screw missed it's mark slightly to the left. I never played it, but sent it back.
      Musician's Friend took it back without a hassle, and I was very grateful.
      Lovely pictures, though.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Vintage Vibe

      By OD

      from San Francisco

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar:

      I wasn't sure what to expect as this was my first guitar purchase in many years. I was pleasantly surprised when I took this guitar out of its case. The finish is perfect and the set up was very close. I love the vintage look of this instrument, I'm really pleased with my purchase.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Instant classic!

      By Boaty

      from Philadelphia, PA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar:

        Purchased in Royal Olive Burst and just love it! The color and finish is beautiful. Had my set-up guy pin down the bridge and put in a bone nut. Plays and sounds great. Gibson USA mini humbuckers sound great too. Nice tone! It is an instant classic!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        50th Ann. "1962" Sorento

        By RobRoy

        from Alaska

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar:

            Great hollowbody guitar, you can tell right awayt he neck and frets have had extra attention, even though they have no neck binding, are perfect. A great retro classic old timey feel that I wanted in a hollow body. The wilkinson button tuners looked cheap, but are very quality after using them. The case & case candy was a great plus to.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sorrento e bellissima

            By Wanting my gruntle back

            from APO AE

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Play It

              Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar:

              My nickname from my previous review is "wanting my gruntle back" because of a bad experience with a Squire Affinity tele (MF refused to post my review of that one). Well, folks, I am no longer disgruntled. This 60th anniversary Sorrento is a wonderful playing, beautiful sounding (gotta be those made in USA Gibson mini humbuckers), and flat out gorgeous in olive burst guitar. I found zero finish flaws, and the guitar was perfectly set up... actually in tune when it arrived at my place here in Athens,Greece. I was crossing my fingers when i opened the case because the outer box was pretty well crushed and taped together. Notwithstanding the fact that the guitar was not insulated inside the case, it arrived with the three-way switch intact.

              I own a bunch of guitars, including USA Fenders and Gibsons, and the Sorrento holds its own with them in terms of playability and tone. THE mini humbuckers offer great clarity and definition clean or cranked, and while the strings behind the bridge sometimes resonate, i usually play with the heel of my hand right there, which dampens those off vibes. It also gives me a great woody jazz tone from the neck pickup with the tone rolled slightly off. Really as good as my Eastman AR 805 CE,
              But easier to play. Some reviewers have said it's bright, but i would disagree. Roll off the tone and play with your fingers or a good jazz pick and you will see. It also gives me great Doc Watson fingerstyle blues tones from the middle and bridge positions. I love this guitar.

              The only downside i would say is aesthetic -- the multi piece neck, which is obvious from the photos on various websites. Really, that's the only thing i would change on this guitar if I were building it. You can find one piece necks at this price point so i don't understand why they built it this way. But the contrast between the olive burst maple laminate body and the dark mahogany of the neck is nothing less than sublime. The Wilkinson tuners work fine, and look just like the tuners on my 1961 Kay Value Leader. But the Sorrento is much easier to play and has greater tonal options (yes i am comparing apples to oranges). Did I say i love this guitar?

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              High quality from Epiphone again

              By Chris

              from North West Ohio

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar:

                  From the moment I opened the box I was blown away. The guitar came packaged in the case. The case is beautiful. It is definitely not a SKB, but the guitar fits in it well and it looks the 1960's part.

                  I will start with the finish. I bought the natural finish which is as beautiful as the pictures show. The finish is not overly thick and does not feel plasticy or sticky. It is smooth and free of flaws. I did expect to see problems around the F holes like a Cherry Dot I had five years ago, but there was no issues. The F holes are dressed on my guitar very well. The neck finish is also thin and does not get in the way of moving freely up the neck. The pickguard is of good quality and was much thicker than I had expected. The metal badge is a very nice vintage touch. I had though I would hate the tuners and had planned on swapping them for a set of grover tulips, but I have since changed my mind. They tune extremely well and look 100 times better than I had thought.

                  Next the frets. When I first played my Sorrento, the frets felt a bit corroded. After about 2 or 3 hours of hard playing, they seemed to break in a bit. I am sure this will continue to happen as I play. The frets are dressed surprisingly well along the edge of the fretboard. They sit flush and do not seem to have any problems. The frets are also nice and flat across the fretboard. The fact that they are so nicely laid is one of the biggest surprises to me.

                  Also it was set up very close to the way I like it out of the box. I only did some minor action tweaks.

                  The mini humbuckers are a very nice combination with the thinline hollowbody of the sorrento. I run this guitar through a 2007 Fender Blues Deville 4x10 tube amp. The combination of these two instruments is the end all be all for me. The blues tone you can get from these two just blows me away. With the amp clean, the Sorrento's volume and tone knobs can be used to get a huge range of tones. An even wider range of tones are available with the amp on a drive channel.

                  Absolutely blow away by the Epiphone quality.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Well made and really friggin' cool.

                  By Thunderthump

                  from DC

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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" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar:

                    First off, I have to say that Epiphone really outshines a lot of their competition, in terms of craftsmanship and value. I cannot tell you how many times I've received a Fender Strat or Tele with rough fret ends. I'd say at least 3 of the last 4 Fenders I've owned (US and MIM) have had issues with "fret sprout" - not to mention switching problems on the Teles...which is irritatingly frustrating. None...I repeat...none of the last few Epiphones I've owned have had those issues.

                    These Sorrentos are currently made in Indonesia, which has proven itself a real contender in quality guitar making. The finish on my guitar (Natural) is beautiful, and the fret work is downright amazing. The guitar is also lightweight and resonant, offering warm, yet defined tone through the Gibson Mini Humbuckers. The guitar arrived with a near-perfect setup. I only had to make a few preference tweaks of my own. Otherwise, it arrived ready to play.

                    The guitar is also aesthetically beautiful, and the vintage "typewriter gray" case is a really cool touch. My ONLY complaint about this guitar is the bridge. The wire that holds the saddles down can sometimes rattle against the saddle screws. This is easily remedied by replacing it with another tune-o-matic that uses fixed-screw saddles. Not a dealbreaker, but I thought I'd mention it.

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                    4.0

                    Rocking on...

                    By Razorz

                    from Ky

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar:

                        This guitar was purchased as an alternative to my solid body single coil PU guitar, very pleasant surprise. Nice vintage vibe with none of the occasional hassles and expense of true vintage. PUs are robust and the guitar offers many different tones. Playability and ergo's are very good, the body is light and the neck is comfy. The case is a cool period correct but again seems to be robust and well constructed. I am happy I purchased this

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                        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        62-Sorrento 50th Anniv.

                        By Windblowin

                        from N.Dakota

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Nut Could Be Finished Off
                        • Nut Needs Better Finish

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar:

                        This is Actually a very nice guitar after a few minor setup up tweeks for personal preverences. As noted in remarks the nut needed some sanding on top to get it down to a decent heigth and to remove the sharp edges on the sides. I may one day cut a new one out of bone and replace this one.
                        I originaly ordered the blonde finish but it was backordered to many times so I went for the Olive colored one and now I'm glad I did.This color looks way better in the flesh than it does on the web site. I already have the 62 Sheraton so I have that to compare it with. Both are very good guitars.
                        I'm playing through a 22W Bugera tube amp with a 15" extension cab and a RP500 foot pedal and this guitar sounds very good to my ears (YMMV). I currently own about 18 guitars Of all stripes including Gibson,Fender,Ibanez,Agile,Carvin and a few others.I have 5 Epiphones and I like every one of them for different reasons,mostly because they seem to fit my hands the best. I have fairly large hands and these necks just seem to fit.
                        As with all new guitars YOU WILL have to make some adjustments,that's just the way it is.None are perfect from the factory. I hope this review helps in some way.I personnaly think these are very nice guitars.
                        I forgot to mention I've been playing for 50 years and played semi-pro for about 25. Hope this helps

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