Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

A fresh look at three historic Epiphone classics made new

The Epiphone 1962 Collection pays tribute to a key year in Epiphone's spectacular history with a one-of-a-kind limited reissue of three Epiphone classics.

The 1962 Collection features the 50th Anniversary "1962" Sorrento E452TDN Outfit in Natural and Royal Olive, the 50th Anniversary "1962" Sheraton E212TV Outfit in Cherry, Natural, and Vintage Sunburst with both the classic Frequensator™ tailpiece and the historic Tremotone™ tremelo, and the 50th Anniversary "1962" Crestwood Custom SB332 Outfit in Cherry.

All three of these Epiphone classics will be issued in limited quantities of 1,962 pieces.

All of the "1962" Collection instruments were designed by Epiphone luthiers who worked from the best examples of vintage originals found in Epiphone's own collection in Nashville. Measure for measure, the "1962" Collection recreates 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 Les Paul Standard, the SG, and the 335.

Epiphone, 1962
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.

The 1962 Collection is a long overdue look back at those instruments that put Epiphone back on the guitar map to stay.


 

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Sorrento - Available starting in March 2013.

The 50th Anniversary "1962" Sorrento E452TDN Outfit features a laminated maple top and body, a mahogany neck with a 1960s SlipTaper™ profile, a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, 20 medium jumbo frets, historically accurate binding and tortoise style pickguard, and Gibson USA mini-humbuckers. Like the Casino, the Sorrento is a completely hollow design that makes for a lightweight guitar with a wide range of tones.

The Tune-o-matic™ floating bridge has a rosewood bridge base with a reissue of the original classic Trapeze tailpiece. The Sorrento's electronics are top-notch Epiphone quality with CTS potentiometers, a ¼" non-rotating output jack, and gold TopHat controls to go along with Wilkinson™ Vintage Style machine heads with small buttons and a 14:1 tuning ratio. The dovewing headstock has a classic Epiphone metal logo badge and there is also a historically accurate "blue rectangular" Epiphone label. The "1962" Sorrento comes with a period-correct hard case and a 1962 Collection Certificate of Authenticity. Look for the Ltd. Ed. Sorrento in two beautiful color finishes, Natural and Royal Olive.

"1962" Sorrento Specifications:

Top Material: Laminated Maple
Body Material: Laminated Maple
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper™
Neck Joint: Glued-In
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Truss Rod Cover: 2-Layer (Black/White)
Scale Length: 24.75"
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood w/"Pearloid" Dot Inlays
Headstock: Dovewing 3-on-a-side w/Vintage Metal Epiphone Logo Badge
Bridge Pickup: Gibson USA Mini-Humbucker
Neck Pickup: Gibson USA Mini-Humbucker
Controls: Volume - Bridge Pickup, Volume - Neck Pickup, Tone - Bridge pickup, Tone - Neck Pickup, 3-way Toggle Pickup Selector (CTS Potentiometers)
Binding Headstock: None
Binding Body: Top & Back - 1-Layer (White)
Binding Neck: None
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Frets: 20; Medium-Jumbo
Bridge: Tune-o-matic on "Floating" Rosewood Bridge Base
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Hardware: Nickel
Machine Heads: Wilkinson™ Vintage with Small Plastic Buttons; 14:1 Ratio
Pickguard: Imitation Tortoise w/Vintage Foil "E"
Tailpiece: 1962 Trapeze Reissue
Knobs: Gold Top Hats w/Metal Inserts
Other: Period Correct Blue Rectangle Serial Number Label
Colors: Natural (NA), Royal Olive (RO)
Includes: 1962 Collection Certificate of Authenticity, Presentation Binder with Collection Photo, 1962 Hard Case Reissue, Epiphone User's Manual, Truss Rod Wrench, Poster, Bumper Sticker, Warranty Information
Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime

"1962" Sorrento Photo Gallery:

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection


Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Sheraton - Available starting in November 2012.

The 50th Anniversary "1962" Sheraton E212T and E212TV Outfits both feature the original early '60s Sheraton profile with a laminated maple body with period correct binding, a 5-layer bound tortoise-style pickguard with metal foil "E", and a mahogany neck with a 1960s SlimTaper™ profile. The rosewood fingerboard has 22 medium jumbo frets, pearloid and Abalone Block and Triangle inlays, and Grover™ "kidney" style machine heads with a 14:1 ratio on a dovewing 3-on-a-side headstock with pearloid vine inlay. The Sheraton was Epiphone's original flagship, top-of-the-line semi-hollow archtop and the "1962" Anniversary puts the Sheraton back at the top where it belongs---in style.

The Sheraton's electronics feature CTS potentiometers, Epiphone's non-rotating ¼" output jack, Top Hat knobs with metal inserts, and Gibson USA mini-humbuckers for superior sound. The Sheraton comes with both the Frequensator™ tailpiece (T) and the Tremotone™ tremelo tailpiece (TV). The new Tremotone™ is also found on the critically acclaimed Ltd. Ed. Epiphone "1961" 50th Anniversary Casino.

The reissue Epiphone Tremotone™ tremolo bar was carefully redesigned and retooled to function and look exactly like the original but with subtle improvements to ensure that your Tremotone™ will last much longer than vintage models. Both the E212T and E212TV Outfits come with a period-correct hard case and a 1962 Collection Certificate of Authenticity. The Sheraton E212T is available in a Cherry, Natural and Vintage Sunburst color finish with a Frequesator™ tailpiece. The Sheraton E212TV features a Tremotone™ tailpiece and is available in Cherry.

"1962" Sheraton Specifications:

Top Material: Laminated Maple
Body Material: Laminated Maple
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper™
Neck Joint: Glued-In
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Truss Rod Cover: 2-Layer (Black/White)
Scale Length: 24.75"
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood w/"Pearloid" and Abalone Block and Triangle Inlays
Headstock: Dovewing 3-on-a-side w/"Pearloid" Vine Inlay
Bridge Pickup: Gibson USA Mini-Humbucker
Neck Pickup: Gibson USA Mini-Humbucker
Controls: Volume - Bridge Pickup, Volume - Neck Pickup, Tone - Bridge pickup, Tone - Neck Pickup, 3-way Toggle Pickup Selector (CTS Potentiometers)
Binding Headstock: 3-Layer (White/Black)
Binding Body: Top - 7-Layer(White/Black), Bacl - 3-Layer (White/Black)
Binding Neck: 1-Layer (White)
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Frets: 22; Medium-Jumbo
Bridge: LockTone™ Tune-o-matic
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Hardware: Gold
Machine Heads: Grover™ Kidney; 14:1 Ratio
Pickguard: 5-Layer Bound; Imitation Tortoise w/Vintage Foil "E"
Tailpiece: Frequensator™ (T) or Tremotone™ (TV)
Knobs: Top Hats w/Metal Inserts
Other: Period Correct Blue Rectangle Serial Number Label
Colors: T = Cherry (CH), Natural (NA), Vintage Sunburst (VS); TV = Cherry (CH)
Includes: 1962 Collection Certificate of Authenticity, Presentation Binder with Collection Photo, 1962 Hard Case Reissue, Epiphone User's Manual, Truss Rod Wrench, Poster, Bumper Sticker, Warranty Information
Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime

"1962" Sheraton Photo Gallery:

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection


Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Crestwood Custom - Available starting in November 2012.

The 50th Anniversary "1962" Crestwood Custom SB332 Outfit has a historically correct Crestwood profile made from mahogany with a beautiful Cherry color finish. The mahogany neck features a rosewood fingerboard with pearloid oval inlays, 22 medium jumbo frets, and a 1960s SlipTaper™. The pickguard is especially eye catching with a butterfly-shaped clear guard with a vintage style foil "E". Original vintage Crestwoods are extremely rare and go for as much a $6,000 on the vintage market. If you can find one!

The Crestwood Custom also features Epiphone Alinco Classic mini-humbuckers along with Epiphone's top-of-the-line electronics including TopHat controls with metal inserts. Tuning is easy and accurate thanks to Wilkinson™ vintage style tuners with "tulip" buttons and a 14:1 ratio. The Crestwood comes with Epiphone's time-tested LockTone™ Tune-o-matic bridge and a Tremotone™ tremolo. The "1962" Crestwood Custom SB332 Outfit includes a period correct case and a 1962 Collection Certificate of Authenticity.

"1962" Crestwood Custom Specifications:

Top Material: Mahogany
Body Material: Mahogany
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper™
Neck Joint: Glued-In
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Truss Rod Cover: 2-Layer (Black/White)
Scale Length: 24.75"
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood w/"Pearloid" Oval Inlays
Headstock: Dovewing 3-on-a-side w/"Pearloid" Dot Inlay
Bridge Pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic Mini-Humbucker
Neck Pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic Mini-Humbucker
Controls: Volume - Bridge Pickup, Volume - Neck Pickup, Tone - Bridge pickup, Tone - Neck Pickup, 3-way Toggle Pickup Selector
Binding Headstock: None
Binding Body: None
Binding Neck: None
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Frets: 22; Medium-Jumbo
Bridge: LockTone™ Tune-o-matic
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Hardware: Nickel
Machine Heads: Wilkinson™ Vintage Tuners w/Tulip Buttons; 14:1 Ratio
Pickguard: Butterfly Shape; Clear & White w/Vinatge Foil "E"
Tailpiece: Tremotone™
Knobs: Top Hats w/Metal Inserts
Other: None
Colors: Cherry (CH)
Includes: 1962 Collection Certificate of Authenticity, Presentation Binder with Collection Photo, 1962 Hard Case Reissue, Epiphone User's Manual, Truss Rod Wrench, Poster, Bumper Sticker, Warranty Information
Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime

"1962" Crestwood Custom Photo Gallery:

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection

Epiphone 1962 50th Anniversary Collection


All of the "1962" Collection instruments feature a "1962" Collection Certificate of Authenticity and a Presentation Binder with collection photos.

Most importantly, the "1962" Collection comes with Epiphone's unbeatable Lifetime Guarantee with Gibson's 24/7/365 Customer Service. Relive Epiphone's past but with the unbeatable quality and trust that comes with all new Epiphone instruments. Collect all the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. "1962" Collection instruments today.