It appears that they experimented right up to the point of discontinuing the line. In 1947 a natural finish J-45 was finally offered and given the designation: J-50. The scrolls are massive and very distinctive. I was told by Paul Fox that Frixo was the real bass luthier at the Epiphone Company. No instrument may be returned to Epiphone without such prior Return Authorization. The lack of the loop on the back and less flamed woods in the later models could have been signals to the decline of the Epiphone upright bass empire.
During the war years women played a greater role in manufacturing while young men were fighting overseas. Then Gibson developed the adjustable bridge. Any insurance covering the instrument, including but not limited to collector's value insurance, must be carried by owner at owner's expense. The short-lived Concert models disappeared from the price list by 1949. It was basically a slope shoulder dreadnaught like a J-45 or Southerner Jumbo and designed for the country and western market.
Epiphone Model Numbers, 1953 to 1981 Model numbers date from Epiphone's ownership by Conn in 1953 until Gibson moved Epiphone production to Japan in 1970. Gretsch was contracted to make banjos for them. One of these contractors was , which also built instruments under license for other brands and in its own name. The final production versions had a double-braced red spruce top and rosewood back and sides with a sunburst finish. Similarly, the next two numbers in the serial represent the month in which the guitar was made.
It was available with a brown finish and came as a snakehead or paddle headstock. There are some examples of two piece bodies used with the transparent or natural finishes. Higher numbers also meant more money. Solid body guitars with flat tops and backs were made at the Elenor Street plants both Gibson and Epiphone in Kalamazoo, Michigan. On three examples the tail badge is intact and die stamped as a B-2 model. They were the J-45 and the Southerner Jumbo.
The stock of Epi-made necks ran out in late 1961 or early 1962 on most models. I Have An Epiphone Les Paul Standard With Serial Number U7031378. Several Epiphone guitars have been produced in the United States after 1971. Dark stained plain birch back and sides. It shared many features with the L-5 archtop electric acoustic: The neck was basically an L-5 neck in scale, section and detail. Towards the end, the line actually continued to increase in sales. The decade following saw a change in finish from varnish to shinier lacquer.
All I can say is study them closely and…you will know them when you see them. This quest was intended to be nothing more than to satisfy my curiosity… but the journey has become so much more. The Sheraton, especially the early version with blond finish, is also very collectable. The deal was to include 35 basses, 17 of which were finished and had been shipped to Kalamazoo. After Epi died in 1943, control of the company went to his brothers, Orphie and Frixo.
The only force powerful enough to stop their progress was the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Thnx Steve Comment left 23rd April 2018 20:08:10 Have an Epiphone double cutaway. This confirms the Epiphone bass I saw Jack Cooke playing was most likely an Epiphone B-5 bass belonging to Jerry Steinberg. It took Gibson 2 years to develop their response: The Jumbo of 1934. The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1.
This is the smallest model, chrome tuners. Ray found the prints of this job in one of the many cigar boxes full of patterns and prints in Jerry's shop. Originally an independent brand, Epiphone was bought by Gibson Guitar in 1957. There are a few examples of A-2Zs with black tops, though this was probably used to cover some imperfection in the selected tops. There was also a fixed end pin of two different lengths. This should be considered a guide to get you within a year of the correct date. Stathopoulo passes away on June 6, 1943.
Ironically, the script logo on the headstock was old-style. Gibson believed that these choices would allow them to focus on their more profitable lines. Solidbody electric Epiphones with New York pickups are interesting to collectors, but not for their sound. The one delivered first to Ray Whitley was not the model now seen as the beginning of the Super Jumbos, but a simpler 12 fret version. . The last of the Mark Series was built in 1979. Epiphone also continued its production of world class archtop guitars using the same patterns and molds from Epi's New York era.