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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.

SPECIFICATIONS

50th Ann. "1962" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar

  • 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 16 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (11)
    • Recording (9)
    • Small venues (9)
    • Jamming (8)
    • School bands (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

    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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    4.0

    The Good, the Bad and the Fun

    By TrackerDan

    from Lincoln, Ca.

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Unbalanced Pickups

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

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

    I like this guitar. I originally bought one when they first came out. It had some quality issues and the neck and bridge pickup problem of unbalanced output levels. I sent it back and MF came through like champs.

    So they put the Natural finished ones on closeout (which I like best for aesthetics), so I bought another one. This one came with a Gibson USA pickups sticker attached. Again one of the control knobs will just sit there and spin if you don't baby it just right, an easy fix. The pickups seem out of balance still. The neck pickup sounds awesome though. The bridge pickup just seems thin.

    A lot of fret buzz from about the 10th fret up? The neck looks straight as an arrow? I like this guitar a lot though, so I will invest in a trip my Epiphone authorized luthier and have him set it up this time. The case seems covered in a grey faux leatherette covering about the same consistency as that old anti-fly stick on shelf paper our parents used in the 60's. It's quality control seems lacking in this respect. It's already bubbling up in several areas.

    This is a great guitar for the money and I really hope my luthier can get the bugs worked out. it fits nice in the hand and fits real nice against your body. It is easy to control the feedback if your using pedals or have an amp with overdrive. The natural resonance is awesome. It seems like about the same natural volume as my ES175 even a little brighter. It's a 20 fret guitar so it feels almost like a 3/4 scale. But don't let that fool you this guitar seems have the potential to be bad to the bone. I'll bet it speaks slide guitar really well. You can't go wrong for the price. If everything else goes right I will look around to see if it will accept a Bigsby.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great, minus the electronics

    By Bernie

    from Merica'

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    Pros

    • Fantastic Value
    • Great Tuners
    • Non-sticky Lacquer
    • Sounds Good Acoustic
    • Sounds Great
    • Warm Sound

    Cons

    • Bridge Pickup
    • Electronics Suck

    Best Uses

    • Blues
    • Jazz
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock
    • School Bands

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

    This guitar is a fantastic value, and for these reasons:

    1. It sounds great acoustic, as an archtop should. Not near the quality of a true archtop but good enough to practice and love it.
    2. Pickups sound great, although the bridge pickup is very bright and actually seems to have a lower output bridge pickup
    3. The case and case candy are great, I love the look of everything and the case functions as designed.
    4. Epiphones have notoriously thick finishes, but this one is perfect. The neck feels very smooth, which saves me the trouble of fine sanding it down to a matte finish.
    5. It plays FANTASTIC. When setting it up, I was checking for fret buzz and I couldn't believe me ears when I didn't hear but 1 or 2 minor fret issues.
    6. It sounds phenomenal for jazz and rock. Although hollowbodies are notorious for feedback, I find this guitar's feedback is very controllable and typically easy to avoid.
    7. Before I even plugged up my guitar to an amp, I played it acoustically and fell in love instantly. It plays 10x better than how I imagined ANY Epiphone to play.

    Here's the few things that I do NOT like:
    1. The neck pickup's volume pot is not functioning (thankfully, the warranty covers that and it is actually in the shop getting fixed right now).
    2. The capacitors on the tone knobs, like every other Epiphone guitar (including their lower budget ones) absolutely SUCK. You should be able to roll the tone off on an archtop and get a dark, yet clear tone; not muddy and lifeless.
    3. When the case came, the blue interior at the very front in the headstock cavity wasn't attached at the bottom, which isn't huge, but depressing.
    4. The bridge pickup is very shrill and so I have to keep the tone on 5 almost 24/7, it also seems to have a lower output than the neck. That may be a wiring issue, but I've tried raising the pickup but nothing seems to fix it.

    Don't get me wrong, these problems are all very small, but it just seems like Epiphone might shiv a git about their "Limited Edition, 1962 reissue, special this, special that, blah blah" higher end guitars.

    Regardless of all this, this guitar is everything and more to me, and when they asked if I could send the guitar back and return it for a different one to fix the electronic issue, I flat out refused. If you've got to buy a hollowbody on a budget, indefinitely, buy. this. guitar.

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    5.0

    Sounds amazing!

    By Scout

    from Austin

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording
      • Small Venues

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

      Nice guitar. Most importantly, it sounds amazing. I have several hollowbody guitars, they all tend to sound a bit mushy. The Sorrento has a very focused open sound. It is one of the cheaper guitars in my studio, but I have a feeling it's going to get a lot of use.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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        (4 of 8 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 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Vintage Vibe

        By OD

        from San Francisco

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        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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Instant classic!

        By Boaty

        from Philadelphia, PA

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        Verified Buyer

        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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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          50th Ann. "1962" Sorento

          By RobRoy

          from Alaska

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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" 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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              (5 of 5 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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                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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