Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection
Epiphone introduces three "1962" 50th anniversary versions of their vintage models - the Sheraton, Crestwood Custom and Sorrento.
These new guitars are limited run reissues of Epiphone's rare and vintage models released in the early 1960's.
The Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection includes the “1962” Sheraton E212TV, the “1962” Sorrento E452TDN and and the “1962” Crestwood Custom SB332. In reference to the year which the series is based from, each collector’s series model is limited to a production run of 1,962.
The "1962" Collection instruments were designed by Epiphone luthiers who based it on the best examples of vintage originals found in Epiphone's own collection in Nashville. This guitar collection is designed to recreate 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 more popular Les Paul Standard, the SG, and the 335.
The entire “1962” Collection guitars have mortise and tenon neck joints and come equipped with either a Gibson USA or Alnico Classic mini-humbuckers. They also come with either Wilkinson or Grover machine heads. The "1962" Sheraton E212 Outfit comes with a choice of the classic Frequensator tailpiece (E212T) or the historic Tremotone tremolo tailpiece (E212TV). Below is a quick rundown of their notable features:
The 50th Anniversary "1962" Sheraton E212T and E212TV
The Sheraton was Epiphone's original flagship guitar, and so they celebrate this gutiar with added aesthetics and options. The core of the new Sheraton E212 is a laminated maple body with historically correct binding and a mahogany neck topped by a rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium frets. Adding to its visual appeal is a 5-layer bound tortoise-style pickguard with metal foil "E" logo, pearloid and Abalone Block and Triangle inlays and Grover kidney style machine heads. The Sheraton E212TV that comes equipped with historic Tremotone tremolo comes with a nice looking cherry finish, while the Sheraton E212T with its classic Frequensator tailpiece is available in Cherry, Natural, and Vintage Sunburst. The Seraton E212T is now available and is retailing for $799, while the Sheraton E212TV is priced at $849. Get latest price at Amazon.com
50th Anniversary "1962" Sorrento E452TDN
The 50th Anniversary "1962" Sorrento E452TDN
At the core of this guitar is a full hollowbody with a laminated maple top, a mahogany neck with a 60's SlipTaper profile and a rosewood fretboard with 20 medium jumbo fret. It is eqiupped with Gibson USA mini-humbuckers and comes with traditional tune-o-matic and trapeze tailpiece combination. To capture your sound, Epiphone equipped the Sorrento E452TDN with a pair of Gibson USA Mini-Humbuckers. It is available in either natural or royal olive finish and features a period correct binding.
50th Anniversary "1962" Crestwood Custom SB332N
The 50th Anniversary "1962" Crestwood Custom SB332
The Crestwood Custom SB332 is the most unique looking guitar of the three, with original vintage guitars fetching as much as $6000 in the vintage market. Thhis reproduction follows the original design faithfully and comes in a great looking cherry color finish. It has the tried and tested combination of mahogany body and mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard. It is equipped with a pair of Epiphone Alnico Classic Mini-Humbucker and Eye Candies that round off its features include pearloid oval inlays and a butterfly-shaped clear guard with a vintage style foil "E". It is currently retailing online for $499
Here is a quick back story of the 1962 Epiphone era from their website:
In 1962, Epiphone had been part of the Gibson family of instruments for 5 years. The swing era was in the past and rock and roll--for a brief time--seemed like the past, too. Epiphone had already released great original instruments in those short 5 years including (future) Beatle favorites the Casino and Texan. But 1962 was the year that Epiphone truly distinguished itself with a line of unique instruments that firmly established its independence. Old models were improved and new models were more distinctive than ever. Epiphone was ready. But what was coming next?
Visitors to the 1962 NAMM show saw an Epiphone line that was fully revitalized with an eye to the future. And that future was coming faster than anybody knew. In two short years, the British Invasion would bring back rock and roll in a big way and would also introduce electric blues to new audiences in the U.S. and Europe. Epiphone's 1962 releases kicked off an era during which Epiphone would became a favorite for a wide range of artists including Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, and The Hollies. Add The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to that mix and you can see why the '60s became Epiphone's second great era. Just like today, artists loved Epiphone's unique designs, great sound, and long history of affordable quality.
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