The next generation of "House of Stathopoulo" Bluegrass instruments
Epiphone presents three new instruments to its critically acclaimed Bluegrass instrument line--the Mayfair™ 5-String Banjo, the Stagebird™ 6-String Electric Banjo, and the Masterbilt MM-40L Mandolin. Visit your Authorized Epiphone Dealer for details.
Classic Epiphone Design
In the 1920s, Epi Stathopoulo formed Epiphone, a new company inspired by his family's long tradition of building and repairing acoustic instruments. In the thriving musical world of Manhattan, jazz was the defining music of the times and the banjo and mandolin were the main rhythm instrument of jazz bands. (Though Epiphone Masterbilt archtop guitars were just on the horizon!) Thanks to Epi Stathopoulo's many banjo and mandolin patents and his flair for design, Epiphone's new line of string instruments quickly became the industry standard, and are revered today by collectors for their full tonal range, superb craftsmanship, and ornate designs.
Mayfair™ 5-String Banjo
The Mayfair™ 5-String Banjo has a classic 5-string profile but with the classic Epiphone detail that made the “House of Stathopoulo” the premier banjo maker of its day. The Mayfair features a Mahogany Resonator with the historic Mayfair banner design in pearloid, blue, red and surrounded by period-correct pearloid binding. On the front is a nickel armrest and an industry standard Remo® head which provides maximum volume and tone along with a hard Maple bridge with an Ebony cap, and a traditional “clamshell” design tailpiece.
The Mahogany neck has single layer binding and a traditional “C” shape with dual coordinator rods for full and even intonation everywhere on the neck. The Rosewood fingerboard has 22 frets and traditional Epiphone “Snowflake” fingerboard inlay with the historic “Epiphone” logo at the end of the fingerboard. The headstock has traditional Epiphone banjo tuners as well as an 1920s style profile with a perfect recreation of the era’s Mayfair logo. An optional hard case is available.
Stagebird™ 6-String Banjo
The new Epiphone Stagebird™ 6-String Electric Banjo is a one of a kind 6-string banjo featuring the new state-of-the-art Magnetic Stagebird™ humbucker that lets you plug in and bring that classic Epiphone banjo tone to any size stage. Plus, world famous Grover® Mini-Rotomatic tuners with small buttons for easy tuning, distinctive black Remo® banjo head, and the historic "Dovewing" headstock design with "Epiphone" banner logo.
The Stagebird has a Mahogany Resonator with a Red Brown Mahogany gloss color finish and single layer binding. On the front is a nickel armrest and a unique black Remo® head which provides maximum volume and tone acoustically along with a hard Maple bridge with an Ebony cap. The adjustable tailpiece accepts both loop and ball-end banjo strings for maximum total choices when choosing strings.
The Mahogany neck has a 25.5" scale with a SlimTaper™ profile with dual coordinator rods for full and even intonation everywhere on the neck. The Rosewood fingerboard has 21 medium frets and a 25.5" scale with a traditional Epiphone "Snowflake" fingerboard inlay. The headstock has a 1920s profile along with traditional Epiphone banjo tuners as and a 20s era's Mayfair logo in pearloid, red, and green topped off with the Epiphone banner logo in black and gold.
The 6-string Stagebird™ Electric Banjo retains its classic tone when plugged in thanks to a Magnetic Stagebird™ humbucker, designed by Epiphone to accurately pick up the Stagebird's historic tone. The pickup features an Epiphone all-nickel ¼" output jack along with a simple master control. An optional hard case is available.
Masterbilt® MM-40L Mandolin
The Masterbilt® MM-40L Mandolin is Epiphone's first Masterbilt mandolin in over 75 years and features a classic f-style mandolin with an oval sound hole. Featuring a Solid Spruce top, Solid Maple body, Grover® 3-line machine heads with Pearloid buttons, and a traditional Masterbilt headstock in a beautiful aged gloss Vintage Sunburst finish. The floating Rosewood bridge can be easily adjusted and the traditional clamshell tailpiece has a 30s era scroll design. An optional hard case is available.
As with all Epiphones, the new Mayfair™ 5-String Banjo, the Stagebird™ 6-String Electric Banjo, and the Masterbilt MM-40L Mandolin come with Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Guarantee and world famous 24/7/365 Gibson Customer Service. Visit your Authorized Epiphone Dealer today to try them all out. And don't forget to visit Epiphone's You Tube Channel for instrument profiles, artist demonstrations, and more!