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Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst 

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The classic Epiphone Genesis was one of Epiphone's most original and modern designs when it was first published in the Epiphone catalog in late 1979....Read More

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The return of a bold guitar for everything from hard rock to jazz fusion.

The classic Epiphone Genesis was one of Epiphone's most original and modern designs when it was first published in the Epiphone catalog in late 1979. It was intended as a new beginning for Epiphone--a truly original solid body design that could hold its ground with a Les Paul, giving players the added advantage of an eye-catching double cutaway. The proposed Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO would bring back this collector's favorite in all its original glory with added features like coil-tapping, Epiphone ProBucker™ pickups and Grover™ tuners along with a beautiful AAA flame maple veneer top and solid mahogany body in four new beautiful color finishes, including Black Cherry, Midnight Ebony, Midnight Sapphire, and Vintage Sunburst.

Original Genesis Ads circa 1979
Early Genesis ads proclaimed "this isn't a guitar for shy people" and "we've created a monster," and you can see why. Along with its bold shape and beautiful finish, the Genesis featured coil-tapping for both pickups via a separate toggle switch. Coil-tapping was a new concept to guitar players and the original Genesis was a bold instrument with a warm sound that could do anything from hard rock to fusion jazz with its incredible sustain from the mahogany body. In many ways, the Genesis was part of Epiphone's longstanding tradition of giving players more for their money at a level of quality and consistency other guitar makers can't maintain. Today, Epiphone is still a leader in giving players a custom shop experience. The Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO would take it a step further by adding Epiphone's bold ProBucker™ pickups with individual coil-tapping for the rhythm and lead pickups to potentially put the Genesis back to its rightful place among Epiphone's greatest instruments.

AAA Flame Maple Top and Futuristic Features
The Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO would combine a solid mahogany body with a AAA flame maple veneer, delivering the classic tone and sustain that made the Genesis stand out in a crowd. The double cutaway body features 1-ply cream binding on the top for a beautiful vintage look. The mahogany neck has a 24.75" scale with a 12" radius and features a 1960s SlimTaper™ "D" profile--a player's favorite--along with a glued-in neck joint for lifelong stability. The rosewood fingerboard comes with pearloid trapezoid inlays, 22 medium-jumbo frets and a 1.68" nut along with single ply cream binding along the fingerboard.

Genesis Power: Epiphone ProBucker™ Humbuckers with Coil-Tapping
The original Genesis model featured coil-tapping via a small mini toggle. However, the original Genesis did not allow for coil-tapping each individual pickup. The new Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO zooms into the 21st century with ProBucker™ pickups with coil-tapping on both the rhythm and lead pickups. ProBucker™ pickups feature Alnico II magnets, the same magnets used in sought-after vintage PAF humbuckers. Alnico II magnets provide a rich, warm tone with a sparkling high end and a solid low end. The Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO features a ProBucker-2™ in the neck position and a ProBucker-3™ in the bridge position. The ProBucker-3™ is slightly overwound to provide balance with the neck pickup with an added bit of edge for lead work. ProBuckers™ emulate the sound of original PAF pickups which were hand-wound with a few extra turns of wire.

Both of the Ltd. Ed. Genesis PRO's pickups feature coil-tapping, which is activated by a push/pull volume SpeedKnob control, allowing players an infinite variety of pickups sounds from single-coil bark to full humbucker bite. When winding humbuckers, Epiphone utilizes a double vacuum waxing process that ensures quiet operation, free from microphonic hum. The pickup is first placed in the specialized wax vacuuming system before the cover is placed on the unit to ensure that the wax fully penetrates to the very center of the pickup and solidifies all parts. After the cover is placed on, it is again given a second vacuum wax bath until the unit is completely saturated with wax. Epiphone uses only the highest quality parts for its pickups, such as ABS plastic bobbins, 1010 Cold Rolled Steel pole shoes and pole screws, Alnico magnets and the finest magnet wire available.

A Classic Made to Last a Lifetime
The Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO features Epiphone's legendary rock-solid gold hardware including a LockTone™ Tune-o-matic fully adjustable bridge and a Stopbar tailpiece. And now, Epiphone's updated, patent pending design auto locks the bridge and tailpiece in place with no tools needed! This also results in improved sustain. The Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO uses 1" diameter potentiometers for better "throw," longer life and reliable service. Epiphone's all-metal toggle switches use rugged spring-steel contacts to ensure years of reliable service and performance. Epiphone's proprietary output jack features an improved contact shape and heavy-duty spring steel to increase reliability and gold Grover™ 14:1 machine heads on a classic '60s era Epiphone Sloped Dovewing headstock to ensure tuning stability and long life.

FEATURES
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Top Material: AAA Flame Maple Veneer
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper; D profile
  • Neck Joint: Glued In
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with pearloid "Trapezoid" inlays
  • Neck Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-2; 4-wire
  • Bridge Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-3; 4-wire
  • Controls: Epiphone All-metal 3-way Pickup Selector, Neck Pickup Volume with push/pull coil-tapping, Bridge Pickup Volume with push/pull coil-tapping, Neck Pickup Tone, Bridge Pickup Tone
  • Binding: Body Top - 1 ply (Cream), Fingerboard - 1 ply (Cream), Headstock - None
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-o-matic/Stopbar
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Hardware: Gold

Strap on some '70s vibe and crank up some killer rone. Order today.

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 54 reviews)

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    (11)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (48)
  • Good feel (47)
  • Fun to play (44)
  • Good pick up (43)
  • Solid electronics (40)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (7)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (38)
  • Jamming (36)
  • Recording (32)
  • Small venues (22)
  • Rock concerts (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (39), Professional musician (12), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Long Time Coming but...

A short review of what "can" be a great guitar. First off the bad. I purchased two of these guitars about a month apart. Both guitars had a common problem. ...Read complete review

A short review of what "can" be a great guitar. First off the bad. I purchased two of these guitars about a month apart. Both guitars had a common problem. Frets that weren't seated properly. I could have sent them back but everything else about the guitars was amazing.

After having fret work completed on both guitars they play and sound great. I believe the pickups sound better than my Gibson Les Paul. Great sustain, just goes on and on.

The finish is beautiful on these guitars. Much more than what you see in the pictures on this site. My only complaint about the finish would be that one of the guitars looked as though it had been played (pick scratches), even though it was new(?).

I owned an original Genesis back in 1980. And had regretted selling it ever since. Now I have two of the new ones,
red and black. And they're much better than the original.

If you buy one make sure to check all the frets. And there is a special Epiphone Genesis case to be had, if you know where to look.

So in the end I would recommend buying this guitar. You or your luthier will probably have some work to do on it since Epiphone didn't finish the job. But it sure is one sweet guitar.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just not for me!

I have never purchased a guitar from China, but the price was so good I figured I had little to lose. The first guitar I received had a cracked headstock and neck, just...Read complete review

I have never purchased a guitar from China, but the price was so good I figured I had little to lose. The first guitar I received had a cracked headstock and neck, just was not packed right. MF took care of that right away and sent out another; so again MF gets my biz. The next unit was in perfect shape. It was very cold around here, so I let it warm to room temp over a few days. That's when i got a close look. It def was a nice gtr for such a low price. But, unfortunately that does not work for me. I do not want to rationalize. I have always bought hi-end gtrs...heck, my 1st gtr as a teenager was a Martin! So I tend to measure all things musical on that type of metric.

The issues with this Epi were:
1. With the truss rod completely loose there was no neck relief! None...in fact it was back-bowed. I addressed this by tuning up and letting the gtr sit for a few days...that helped a bit, but it was not a good sign.
2. It would not intonate properly. For ex: The G was maxed out and still sharp at fret 12. No hope....it was not way far off, but it was off...I could hear it. Most notes were sharp above 12 and very sharp above 17.
3. The wiring was such that when the PUP selector was in the middle position, and either of the vol controls at 0 then there was no sound at all...a very old wiring approach...not what is used very often in my experience. May have been related to the hum/buzz on the pickup selector positions 1 and 3, but quiet on position 2. While I am not a fan of coil-tapping...that seemed about what it always is: noisy and thin.
4. This was a major issue: the D and G string touched the tuner posts for the A and B, respectively, on the headstock. I have never seen this before, but it was def not something I liked. This interfered with tuning and stability, and had a way bad outcome after string bends.

Other things did not thrill me.....Many screws were in cockeyed (truss cover, and the control cavity), and was not sure about the nature of the binding-seemed to be paint in some places.

So, I tried to like it, but I did not. It did sound good,the PUPs were very nice, but it had so many issues that I just was not interested in investing my time and dough to fix them. Others may find it a great gtr, but for me it was a bad fit and did not compare nicely with the few hi-end gtrs I do have. Guess I am just set in my ways here...and this review is not meant to offend anyone who likes this gtr...its just my opinion!

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5.0

Beautiful guitar with great playability

By DJD

from York, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

I wasn't sure what to expect with this Epiphone but I figured I would give it a try since I just had some extra cash come in and it was on sale for President's Day. I am glad I did.

This guitar feels like and plays like a Les Paul. The setup out of the box was pretty spot on and all I needed to do was tune it and it was ready to go. The fit and finish was flawless.

The setup I use for playing is through a Zoom G9 board into a Bugera V22. This guitar sounded great (as would most) through this configuration. What really impressed me was when I plugged straight into the amp. I got that warm, crisp Les Paul tone. I actually prefer the tone off of this to what I get from my 1990 SG Special and that surprised me.

I love the look of the guitar. It has a beautiful finish albeit it is just a veneer. The gold hardware is a very nice accent to the guitar. I am definitely impressed by the quality job that Epiphone did on this from a visual perspective.

In general I am not a huge Epiphone fan. If they keep making guitars like this, that could change.

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5.0

Above my expectations

By jonathanaspen

from Aspen, CO

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Set Up
  • Good Feel
  • Great Value

Cons

  • No Hardware Options

Best Uses

  • Playing guitar

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

First off, if the picture is confusing you, this guitar is basically two cut away sections of a Les Paul. It is a touch smaller overall than a Les Paul, but plays surprisingly similar. Out of the box, the Genesis was set up perfectly. At first I didn't think I would use the coil splitting very much, but I am finding lots of unique tones when setting the selector switch in the joint position and combining a coil split with a humbucker. Very cool. My biggest complaint is there was no option with silver hardware. I like to play guitars. I don't like cleaning them constantly so my tuners don't look like an old set of strings. Overall, if you want a guitar you can afford, enjoy Les Paul style sound, and prefer something that isn't a total cliche, this axe should chop for you.

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5.0

Glad I picked this up

By AX40

from Islip, NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Value And Sound
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Needed A Setup But No Big
  • None

Best Uses

  • A Great All Around Guitar
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

Nice finish awesome sound and feel

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5.0

Great guitar for a great price!

By Holmy59

from Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

I bought the Genesis because of the great price and the ability to split the humbucking pickups and get a single coil sound. Since receiving it, I have yet to pick up my Les Paul as the Genesis compares very favorably to it. I can't find a single flaw on it and it played great right out of the box, although I eventually lowered the strings a bit. The single coil tones are good but the humbuckers are so sweet I end up using them most of the time. I would be satisfied if I had paid three times what it cost. It's also cool that not everybody out there is playing one.

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5.0

Good deal!

By Rob

from Alma, MI

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

      Very solid guitar for what I paid. I think it sounds comparable to a Gibson electric, however that is obviously a personal call. I had issues with cosmetic flaws, but musicians friend was very good about allowing me to return. So other than a bit of inconvenience, I ended up with a very nice guitar at a low price.

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      5.0

      Great Les Paul Alternative

      By John P

      from NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Awesome Tone
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great Neck
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Bridge Wire Buzz
      • Huge Headstock
      • Needed Setup

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

      Got this the other day . Was looking at the Genesis for a while but the looks didnt do it for me. When it hit a rock bottom MF price I went for it. Upon arrivalthe ebony finish was great. Strings were high but intonatation was spot on. Wasnt immeditely impressed with Probucker pickups. Lowered strings and raised bridge pickup to 3 mm below strings. WOW!!! Classic tone great playability. With a mahogany body the tone is great- weight is substantial but not an anchor. The slim taper neck is awesome- better than typical Gibson but not too thin front to back. Looks are subjective and this isnt the sexiest guitar. Neck looks too long, headstock is huge and cutaways are too stubby. However for the price the playability and tone are incredible. This is a great Les Paul alternative . Coil tapping is a bit of a gimmick but adds tonal choices and is unheard at the price I paid.

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      5.0

      Beautiful guitar and a great value

      By Joel

      from Happy Valley, Oregon

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Beautiful
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great feel
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Learning
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

        I ordered this guitar in Midnight Ebony and it was beautiful. The pictures don't do it justice. Everything about this guitar (fit, feel, finish, hardware etc) makes it seem like a much more expensive guitar. I've only played a little, but have had several guitars including an EPI Les Paul Standard. This guitar beats anything I've ever seen or played. Though it is similar in many ways to the LP Standard, it is a far superior guitar for less money. If you were lucky enough to get one of these at the huge discounts Musicians Friend offered recently, you may have gotten the best guitar deal of your life.
        I found no problems or issue with the guitar except a little fret buzz on one string. Once I adjusted the action the problem went away.

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        5.0

        This is a Sweet Guitar!!!

        By Bluesboy

        from NY, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

        This guitar looks Fantastics, and sounds Great!!!
        My Gibson Guitars all went down a notch when I got this Guitar, when it comes to looks you just can't beat Epiphone, and these pick ups sound Great,for Blues and Rock. Nice Bang for the Buck, thxs MF, GJH

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        4.0

        Excellent Value

        By Guitar Jones

        from Chattanooga, Tn

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor Factory Set-up
        • Selector Switch Placement

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

        Excellent guitar for the money, the Pro-Buckers are decent all around P'ups, I use this guitar for everything from blues to metal, although I wouldn't mind dropping a set of Seymour Duncans in it.

        My only qualms would be the set-up out of the box, but that's to be expected so not really a big deal, just be prepared to make adjustments. The P'up selector switch placement is my only real issue with the guitar's design, and that's only because I would like to install a Floyd Rose FRX bridge on this guitar but that doesn't seem possible without moving the switch. Overall it's a great guitar for the money.

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        5.0

        Another SWEET Deal!!!

        By herb

        from Jacksonville,Fl

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        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 Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

          For starters the finish is beautiful(midnight black). Setup good right from the box. Plays great,neck comfortable.But the SOUND! The Probuckers are fantastic!Comparing to my Les Paul,Sheraton2,Nighthawk this guitar definitely is a keeper. My luthier says it's due to the woods in combination with the pickups that provides the resonant quality. Coil tapping offers some interesting tones. Not as anemic as the Nighthawk(wirings different)just sweet sound. As the setup currently is it's great for blues rock(my fave) bends are nice, neck comfortable and fast.Couldn't believe it was set up with string lock!(a first from the factory) Made me feel right at home. Guitar is light,comfotable,with great sound. I have recommended this guitar to friends of mine that's why there are no more black or sunburst. I found that a case for a 339 will work as there were no cases available. Thanks musicians Friend for another great find!

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