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The Epiphone Genesis was introduced in 1979. It was designed by Jim Walker, of Marketing for Gibson Guitar Corporation between 1977 and 1983 and built at the Pearl Drum factory in Taiwan.

The Genesis was created in order to revalue the Epiphone brand and reposition it as a manufacturer of high-quality instruments. According to Walker, his idea was to build a quality, versatile,powerful and durable guitar that would remain in history.


All models of the Genesis (except the bass) shipped with black open-coil humbucker pickups, with 3 height-adjustment screws, not plated pickup covers with 2 height-adjustment screws as shown in the Epiphone specification sheets. The Genesis bass has un-perforated chrome pickup covers and 3 height-adjustment screws. It is not known whether the student model guitar "The GN" went into production; no known examples have been identified. It is rumored that Genesis guitars were made in Japan, but this is unsubstantiated. Gibson states that Genesis guitars were made in Taiwan. A Genesis Deluxe reissue model is being considered by Epiphone for 2011.

Three Genesis Series models (GN-CST, GN-DLX, GN-STD) first appeared in the 1979 Epiphone catalog and were produced in Taiwan until 1981. The 1980 price list indicates two additional Genesis Series models were offered briefly; The GN student model, and the GN-BA bass.

Courtesy of Brian Huff


See Also: 1979 Epiphone Poster/Catalog


Contents

Models


Genesis Deluxe PRO

Epiphone Genesis Deluxe
Epiphone Genesis Pro
Epiphone Genesis Deluxe
Epiphone Genesis Pro
  • 2013
  • Limited run of 500 units each color

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • AAA flame maple veneer

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck with 1960's SlimTaper profile with volute
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid trapezoid inlays
  • 2-ply truss rod cover with "Genesis" engraving
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale lenth
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • Single-ply body & neck

Electronics:

  • ProBucker 2 & 3 pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • Push/pull coild tapping for each pickup
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 18:1 ratio Grover tuners
  • Black speed knobs
  • Side-mounted input jack

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Midnight Ebony (ME)
  • Black Cherry (BC)
  • Midnight Sapphire (MS)



Genesis Standard

Epiphone Genesis Deluxe
Epiphone Genesis Standard - Catalog Mock-up
  • 1979-1981
  • Model GN-STD

Body:

  • 2-piece solid mahogany body
  • Carved top

Neck:

  • One-piece Mahogany set neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 1-ply body

Electronics:

  • Open-coil humbuckers with coil tap
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Coil tap switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black or gold speed knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Wine Red (WR)



Genesis Deluxe

Epiphone Genesis Deluxe
Epiphone Genesis Deluxe - Catalog Mock-up
  • 1979-1981
  • Model GN-DLX

Body:

  • 2-piece solid mahogany body
  • Carved top

Neck:

  • One-piece Mahogany set neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 2-ply body
  • 1-ply neck & headstock

Electronics:

  • Open-coil humbuckers with coil tap
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Coil tap switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black or gold speed knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Dark Sunburst (DS)



Genesis Custom

Epiphone Genesis Custom
Epiphone Genesis Custom - Catalog Mock-up
Epiphone Genesis Custom
1980-1981 Epiphone Genesis Custom
  • 1979-1981
  • Model GN-CST

Body:

  • 2-piece solid mahogany body
  • Carved top

Neck:

  • One-piece Mahogany set neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with abalone block inlays
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 4-ply body
  • 2-ply neck
  • 3-ply Headstock

Electronics:

  • Covered Alnico-V humbuckers with coil tap (1979)
  • Open-coil Alnico-V humbuckers with coil tap (1980-1981)
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Coil tap switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware (1979)
  • Gold hardware (1980-1981)
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black or gold speed knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Dark Sunburst (DS)



The Genesis

  • 1981
  • Model GN
  • Entry level guitar

Body:

  • Solid Mahogany body
  • Carved top

Neck:

  • Bolt-on mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • Open-coil humbuckers with coil tap
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • coil tap switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)



Genesis Bass

Epiphone Genesis Bass
Epiphone Genesis Bass
  • 1981
  • Model GN-BA

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 20 frets
  • 30.5" scale


Electronics:

  • Covered NYT/NYR Bass mini-humbuckers
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Coil tap switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Epiphone 3-point bridge
  • Black speed knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)


Additional Info & Corrections Contributed by Brianh


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