Epiphone one of America's oldest instrument manufacturers, celebrates its historic 140-year anniversary in 2013. To commemorate its milestone anniversary, Epiphone will release limited-edition instruments and hold special events around the world throughout the year, beginning at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, January 24-27, 2013. Here's the statement that they have sent us...
Founded in 1873 by the Stathopoulo family, the pioneering patents of Epiphone's late president Epi Stathopoulo revolutionized the guitar industry in the early 20th century. Epiphone has been part of every great musical era; from the mandolin craze of the early 1900s to jazz age guitars of the 1920s; from swing-era archtops through post-war pop, bop, R&B, and early rock 'n' roll to the "British Invasion" to heavy metal, punk, grunge, and thrash. Epiphone instruments make history.
"Epiphone is still the House of Stathopoulo," said Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg. "We're designers. We're players. We're mavericks. And, we're passionate about everything we do."
Epiphone continues to set the standard for affordable quality and innovation with updated classics such as the Les Paul Ultra-3, the Ultra-339, Masterbilt acoustic guitars and the new Thunderbird Classic PRO. New signature guitars slated for release in 2013 include the Tommy Thayer (KISS) Les Paul Standard, the Matthew K. Heafy (Trivium) Les Paul Custom and the Brendon Small (Metalocalypse) Thunderhorse.
Epiphone artists span the biggest names in pop music history, including Les Paul, Joe Pass, John Lee Hooker, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Paul Simon, Jack Casady, Tak Matsumoto, Paul McCartney, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, My Chemical Romance, Slash, Gary Clark Jr., Paul Weller, Dwight Yoakam, Oasis, and Radiohead.
Celebrating its 140th Anniversary in 2013, Epiphone has been a leading innovator in musical instrument design. From its humble beginnings in Sparta, Greece in 1873 through its rise to fame on 14th Street in New York City, to its reemergence as a dominant force in musical instruments from its headquarters today in Nashville, TN, Epiphone instruments can be heard on a century of great recordings. Today, Epiphone instruments are played on stages and recordings around the world. Epiphone artists include legends such as Les Paul, John Lee Hooker, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and today's top artists in every genre, from Gary Clark Jr. and Joe Bonamassa to Zakk Wylde to Slash. As part of the Gibson family of brands, Epiphone offers innovation, a great history, and the guarantee that their instruments can last you a lifetime.
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