A new year is upon us but before we introduce all the upcoming instruments for 2017, there are still some great deals happening at your favorite Epiphone retailer like the classic PRO-1 Collection--the fastest way to learn guitar--featuring the PRO-1 Electric Packs.

The big news of 2016 was the introduction of the Masterbilt Century Archtop Collection, which simultaneously brought back Epiphone's historic past while pointing the way to the future with the superb eSonic™ HD (High Definition) preamp system and Shadow NanoFlex™ HD Under-saddle pickup. Check out the website to see some of today's great artists like Billy Bragg and Margo Price on their Masterbilt Century archtops.

In the spirit of the Masterbilt era, Epiphone introduced not one but two new banjo models, the Mayfair™ 5-String Banjo, the Stagebird™ 6-String Electric Banjo, plus the Americana-ready Masterbilt MM-40L Mandolin. And though the holiday season is coming to an end, you can still use our Holiday Gift Guide to find great deals on Epiphone guitars and basses.

For those who require metal-times-infinity, look no further than the new Ltd. Ed. Brendon Small Snow Falcon Outfit, designed with Dethklok creator Brendon Small featuring Gibson® Burstbuckers and personally approved by Skwisgaar Skwigelf. For a quick trip back to the 60s, Epiphone's Inspired by "1966" Century Archtop will get you there in style with its mighty P-90 PRO™ single coil pickup. 2016 was an incredible year for limited edition models like the exclusive Ltd. Ed. "Mayday Monster" EJ-200SCE Outfit, the Ltd. Ed. Blue Royale Collection, and the rock classic Ltd. Ed. ES-295.

If you're looking for some good music reading, read our feature on Epiphone's founder, Epi Stathopoulo which goes in-depth into the early history of Epiphone. Also check out our interviews with Lovin' Spoonful legend John Sebastian, GRAMMY nominee Joe Bonamassa, and our hilarious car ride-to-nowhere with Brent Hinds on the occassion of his new Ltd. Ed. Brent Hinds Flying V Custom. Masterbilt Century Archtop fans should also check out the behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the Masterbilt Century Collection was made as well as our interview with rising Americana star Chris Scruggs

In 2016, we took a look back at the life of legend Les Paul through his interviews with Epiphone. The Beatles classic Revolver turned 50 in 2016 setting the stage for the 50th Anniversary of one of the most talked about albums ever made, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band which also prominently featured the legendary Epiphone Casino.

Epiphone made a deep impression on music lovers this year with great new albums by Paul Simon, Jack White, William Tyler, Diamante Electrico, Kim Logan, live DVDs by Bring Me the Horizon and Twisted Sister, and Jeff Waters' Annihilator featuring his epic "Annihilation-II™" Flying V Outfit.

In 2017, Epiphone will celebrate 60 years as part of the Gibson Family of Instruments and you can look forward to lots of surprises! Guitar fans today are enjoying a renaissance in quality and progressive designs and Epiphone is leading the way. It's going to be a great year so get ready!  Happy New Year and thanks for being a part of the Epiphone family.