Epiphone Breaks New Ground in 2014
The 2014 Musikmesse held March 12-March 15 in Frankfurt, Germany is the world's leading trade fair in the world of music. And for European exhibitors, musicians, and journalists, it will be their first time to preview Epiphone's initial wave of new instruments.
Last year, Epiphone celebrated its 140th anniversary as the working musician's--and student musician's--favorite instrument maker. And now, Epiphone continues the celebration by announcing a sneak preview of 9 exciting new models slated for Summer, 2014. Included are new designs like the Casino Coupe and the LP Express, the return of the Ltd. Ed. G-1275 doubleneck, 2014 Anniversary reissues including the historic "1939" Century Amp, and artist signature models from legendary bassist Jack Casady and blues hero Joe Bonamassa.
"Celebrating our anniversary last year inspired us to make 2014 a very special year for fans," said Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg. "Epiphone has an instrument for every style and every level of musician, and our 2014 previews offer a taste of what will be our best year ever. We can't wait to see these instruments in the hands of our players."
Breaking New Ground:
Introducing the Casino Coupe and LP Express
Leading off the 2014 Preview are two new designs, the Casino Coupe and LP Express.
The Casino Coupe is the legendary Casino reborn in an ES-339 body size. It's a racecar coupe-sized version of the iconic hollowbody that for 50 years has powered hits by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oasis, and now Gary Clark Jr. The Casino Coupe comes with all of the Casino's trademark features including Epiphone P-90R (neck) and P-90T (bridge) dogear pickups. And now the Casino's unique hollowbody design is made smaller for easy strumming and travel. The Casino Coupe comes in Cherry, Natural, and Vintage Sunburst color finishes.
The LP Express is another new design from the House of Stathopoulo featuring the trademark curves of the Les Paul--the most famous electric guitar in the world--made smaller for younger players and easy travel. The LP Express comes with an all-Mahogany body with a bolt-on Maple neck, a full-scale 22" neck with Rosewood fingerboard, and a flush-mounted, 1-piece fully adjustable bridge and tailpiece combination. The LP Express is voiced by two Epiphone designed ceramic humbucking pickups, a 650R in the neck position and a 700T in the bridge. The LP Express comes in both Ebony and a Vintage Sunburst color finish.
2014 Anniversary Models
It's become a tradition for Epiphone to celebrate its storied past with museum quality-detailed reissues that also include new twists and features. And in Summer 2014, Epiphone will offer two classic guitars and a legendary amp--all hot-wired for the 21st century.
The Ltd. Edition 75th Anniversary Inspired by "1939" Century Amp revives an Art Deco era masterpiece from Epiphone's early days in Manhattan. The amp is a faithful replica of a classic 1930s era cabinet design including bent rims, an all-metal handle, 6-point star screws, and vintage style grill cloth. The redesigned 18 watt electronics include two 6V6 and two 12AX7 tubes, a 12" speaker, a Master Volume with pull "boost" mode, Master tone, Bright, Normal, and Dark inputs, an Extension Speaker Output, Footswitch Jack, and Internal Bias Adjustment. The Inspired by "1939" Century Amp is the kind of amp all guitarists have been waiting for, capable of filling a club or a recording studio.
In 2014, Epiphone will celebrate the release of the 50th Anniversary "1964" Caballero Acoustic/Electric, the small bodied powerhouse singer's guitar that helped kick off the 60s folk revival. The "1964" Caballero has an all-Mahogany body and neck with bracing that is a faithful reproduction of the vintage original. Available in Ebony and Mahogany color finishes, the Caballero comes with a vintage tortoise style pickguard with metal "E", tortoise style binding, and Wilkinson in-line tuners. And best of all, the 50th Anniversary "1964" Caballero now features an updated Shadow® ePerformer™ preamp with a NanoFlex™ pickup and built-in tuner. The Caballero rides again!
Epiphone celebrates the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion honoring Epiphone's long association with the royalty of British Rock and Roll with the Ltd. Edition "Union Jack" Sheraton Outfit in an Alpine White finish with the iconic "Union Jack" design. It comes with Gibson USA mini-humbuckers, CTS potentiometers, and Grover 18:1 ratio machine heads. Among the Sheraton's fine detailed features is the historic vine inlay design on the classic Epiphone headstock shape, fingerboard inlays at the 17th, 19th, and 21st frets, and a vintage style blue serial number label. The Ltd. Edition "Union Jack" Sheraton Outfit comes in a vintage style hard case with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Back by popular demand, in 2014 Epiphone will feature a limited release of the G-1275 "SG" Doubleneck. Inspired by Jimmy Page’s original doubleneck used to perform "Stairway to Heaven" and other Led Zeppelin classics, Epiphone's new Ltd. Edition G-1275 includes a 12-string and 6-string neck. The 12-string is powered by Alnico Classic™ humbuckers and the 6-string features open-coil Alnico Classic humbuckers. Other upgrades include re-positioned tail pieces, new Epiphone 18:1 ratio "Deluxe" tuners, a 3-way pickup selector for each neck, and LockTone™ tune-o-matic bridge. An optional hard case is available.
Unlike other instrument makers, Epiphone has always made its classic models available for left-handers. And in 2014, Epiphone will offer three more historic instruments for lefties; The Inspired by "1964" Texan Acoustic/Electric, the EJ-200SCE Acoustic/Electric, and the Casino.
As longtime fans know, the Casino and the "1964" Texan Acoustic/Electric can be heard on every Beatle session from late 1964 through Abbey Road. And Sir Paul McCartney continues to use his vintage 1964 Texan to perform his evergreen classic, "Yesterday."
The lefty EJ-200SCE finally makes the King of the Flattops available to left-handers. The EJ-200SCE is the modern version of the iconic "cowboy" guitar first released in limited quantities in the 1930s. Originals are some of the most sought after guitars on the vintage market. The EJ-200 shape is also recognized for powering classics by the Everly Brothers in the late 50s including "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Bye Bye Love."
New 2014 Artist Models
Two of Epiphone's greatest artists and most discerning collectors have put a new spin on their signature models for 2014, both in limited editions.
Joe Bonamassa's star continues to rise as the most talked-about blues guitarist of our generation and one of the most prolific. For 2014, Joe returns with a new take on his classic Ltd. Edition Epiphone Les Paul, now in gorgeous Pelham Blue with a black back, just like his vintage Les Paul Goldtop. The Joe Bonamassa Les Paul in Pelham Blue features Gibson USA Burstbucker humbuckers, premium hardware including Grover 18:1 machine heads, Epiphone StrapLocks, Joe's custom "Bonamassa" neck profile with a Rosewood fingerboard, a "Lifton" style hard case, and a signed certificate of authenticity.
For nearly 50 years, Jack Casady has been one of rock's legendary bassists. He's also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of Epiphone's most esteemed artists. The Jack Casady Signature Bass is recognized as the premier electric bass on the market and now the best selling hollowbody-bass is in show stopping Alpine White!
The new finish has exquisite detail including 6-layer white/blackbody binding with black plastic parts and it's equipped with Jack's own premier JCB-1 low impedance pickup with VariGain™ control for pure tone on stage and in the studio. Featuring premium nickel hardware, 17:1 Cloverleaf machine heads and a classic 3-point adjustable bridge.
All Epiphone's instruments come with Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson 365/24/7 customer service. Stay on Epiphone.com for more details for exclusive coverage of 2014 Musikmesse.