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Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst 

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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 39 reviews)

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95%

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Pros

  • Good feel (34)
  • Good tone (34)
  • Fun to play (32)
  • Good pick up (31)
  • Solid electronics (29)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (27)
  • Jamming (25)
  • Recording (25)
  • Rock concerts (17)
  • Small venues (15)
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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

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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

Guitar as reward

By Toots

from Wyoming

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is a real sweetie! Bought it for my grandsons to play as a reward for doing good with their homeschooling lessons and practicing their chords on the acoustics. As a carrot, it's one of my better ideas-- the boys love getting to play it! I had it professionally set up, and the guy (who has been playing professionally for about 40 years) volunteered that he was really impressed by this guitar!

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    5.0

    In the beginning

    By roLS

    from Gardena, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Balance Issue

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Playing Music
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

    I compared two of them, one from somewhere else in Sunburst one from here in the Blue. Blue is harder to find and slightly more expensive. Musicians Friend nevertheless had a great deal on it, and it got here fast. I thought they'd all be the same, maybe they are but I swear the blue one has more presence because of pick ups or who knows what. I sent the Sunbust back to that other company and am keeping the Blue. I would have kept both but with the balance issue one is enough. Don't get me wrong I love it- great sound for the price and not a knock off, but an original. I had to spend much more recently to get to a (good sounding American)Strat I liked and after those trade ups (c'mon Fender), I ended up finally with a great guitar too expensive to risk bringing places. If I had had any sense I could have just gotten this in the first place, it's sounds and plays not much worse though with different sound & for about 1/4th the price. Coil switches are a nice tonal feature. I always like good musical instruments- try the Genesis and "let there be light."

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    3.0

    Just not for me!

    By BC 123

    from NY NY

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor setup

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

    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

    very versitile guitar

    By manytoedgoblin

    from southeast ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • 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:

      i play everything from bluegrass to rock based music at church and i can do it all with this one guitar. i have several epi. les pauls a thinline tele a talman electric acoustic and a sterling sub axis 3.i used to switch guitars a lot.i thought with coil splitting and several tone choices this guitar could do it all and i am very pleased with this purchase i dought there is better guitar out there for this price and m.f. has allways been great to deal with you can't go wrong with this guitar.

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      5.0

      Just love it....

      By musekick

      from Nashville

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      Pros

      • Coil Splitting Tap
      • Good Build Quality
      • Great sounding pickups

      Cons

      • Pickup Toggle Switch

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

        I did not initially like the skinny neck on this guitar - after 5 months playing it almost every day, I prefer it over all my other guitars.
        I had some minor fretwork done, asked my luthier friend to set the action as low as he could and I run it into a small Fender combo with a pedal - great tone - great feel.
        I would love to have the pickup selector up top like a Les Paul -
        Electronics are great - fit and finish is very good (some minor set up required) and I love the look of this double cutaway.
        At the current advertised price - I am stunned that these guitars haven't sold out - but guess that the unique combination of elements (double cutaway, thin neck) don't appeal to everyone - it is an acquired taste (I usually prefer a chunky neck and have played Stats only for years) but I am very pleased with my purchase.

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        5.0

        Yep, seriously, this guitar is great!

        By Clyde Keller

        from Central Pa.

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

            I bought one of these in blue back in Aug ... awesome guitar! The neck profile is one of the best suited for me that I've ever played. I liked the blue one so much I bought a red one a month later. Same deal, really solid guitar. I bought the red one as a backup 'cause I didnt know how long they'd be available or for the ridiciously low sale price. Now that I have two tho, I'm gonna change the PUs out on the blue one , I gotta Dimarzio SD and a Duncan Pearly gates neck sitting around. :-) That should give me a great variety in tone between the two guitars. These are the absoulte best bang-4-the guitars I've ever personally seen. And I love the modern import budget guitars of the last 15 years or so, so thats saying something. Outstanding deals, pro quality all the way. You can't go wrong on this one.

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            4.0

            Nice!

            By murrjo

            from Elmira, NY

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

              Been performing and recording for 40+ years and own a decent collection of quality electrics (LP Standard, American Strat,etc). Been following the reviews of the Genesis since it was offered again last spring. Just wanted to say, nice job for a ridiculous price! Liked seeing it was inspected and setup in the U.S. No fret seating or intonation problems that had initially been reported. Just changed strings and adjusted the action to my preference. Using my original LP Standard case. Fits fine. Only con is the location of the strap holder at the base of the neck vs at the cut-away. If you're looking to add a great sounding, good feeling, great looking, inexpensive guitar to your collection, buy this!

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              5.0

              Different

              By Jerkowitz

              from St. Louis, Mo

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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 Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                My wife bought this for me as a gift. I didn't think much of it until I started playing around with it. High action but lowered the bridge and that was it. The nut was cut well, the neck had perfect relief, intonation dead on. The most surprising thing was the sound. Very clear, tight bass, nice highs with no shrillness at all. Epiphone has really raised the bar on their pickups. These Probuckers are amazing. I own lots of guitars and lots of boutique pickups and these sound better than most. Everything looks to be good quality. The neck is nicely bound and plays fast. The split coil sounds are anemic but I'll throw a low value resistor at the coil split to let a little of the other coil through. I got the midnight ebony and it looks sharp with the gold hardware. I like the big Epi headstock, much nicer than the clipped ear. I like the fact that it looks different than anything I have. My wife buys me unusual guitars but she did good with this one.

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                5.0

                2nd Comment

                By Builder357

                from NC

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • My Earlier Comments Stand

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                My first comments were of a 'new guitar' that may all have their problems. My was dead nuts on. Beautiful fit and finish minor electronic problem, self-healing.

                Lowered bridge with 1.5 screw turns. Since everyone is mentioning their guitars, my collection is well over 150. Probably the jewel in my crown is Pat Matrino's L4 or 5 I don't remember, but I have it and the bill of sale, photos Pat's autograph, picture of him playing with his wife. I also have his Mesa Heartbreaker.

                So when I say 'guitar' I expect others to understand.

                The Genesis is the best since my Robben Ford. Which is what it needs, a roller bridge... Sperzels are a standard of mine, have not changed out OEM... work great. I have an Ultra III that is spectacular, different animal, but fantastic.

                I built for some time, got lung cancer, 180 Lacquer, 2 other builders got it too. Two of us are alive. One is famous.

                I don't know who at Epi brought this back, but is top of the line, will become your 'go to guitar' and I'm still playing supplied strings... this is a barn burner.

                My first electric guitar 1964 , an Epi Wilshire, single PU. plastic covered...will pay 1K$ for a good clean one.

                GENESIS- raise the price! LCF

                I'm a proud Epiphone player.
                LCF.

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                5.0

                GRAB ONE

                By Builder357

                from NC

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Primo

                Cons

                • Electronics And Pots

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Play It To Death
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                Got my Genesis today:
                Fit and Finish: 100% [Ebony]
                Tuners: use them unless you are addicted to Sperzels

                Electronics:
                Should be better for a magnificent guitar. Continue-

                Plugged into my Vox 15, no PU volume on Neck [weak]
                Middle: Both pickups did not activate.. tapped them and only Bridge was Live.
                Bridge Pickup: Blow you off the planet.

                I was tired, disappointed, never had an issue with MF purchases. Put it on the stand and played some poker, but it gnawed at me. So pretty, frets- perfect [use a 24' steel ruler, slide from end towards headstock-- the square corner will hit a high fret if it's there. NONE. get a 12 " carpenters steels rule from a square and slowly move it up the neck, looking for 'rocking ' frets [high's, look against a light background for low spots. None.

                Neck straight as an arrow. I let it sit 2 hours in the house before any of this.

                So I was not getting full neck output or middle. Hit the bridge PU and the house shook.

                So was it my gear, cables, amp?..... No.... toggle switch... wiggled it till it should have fallen off--
                Everything worked as expected. The pots have no 'throw' on or off... [Chinese] I refit my guitars with DiMarzio PROS, adjustable shaft lengths.

                The neck is "SPECIAL" [being gigging with an SG] this neck is MAGNIFICENT>

                I'm 66 and been playing out since 63'. I am a collector with well over 150 guitars. You name it I have it...that is, I have THE instrument or one that will RECORD like the original. I'm loving Chinese guitars, money and value call. Tons of Gibsons, Fenders but today shop for value, at times it's risky. I've been lucky. My first electric was an Epi-Wilshire, single PU like an Esquire.... I'd pay a ton to have another.

                This is a magnificent instrument, be ready for some dial in as necessary. Heavyist Paul like guitar I have ever had. That's a GOOD THING... play on- bros

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