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Welcome to the Unofficial Epiphone Guitars Wiki!

Online since: January 14, 2011

This website is intended for educational and research purposes only in helping to accurately identify Epiphone brand guitars of the past and present.

The information contained in this website may not be 100% complete or accurate and is a work in progress.

We are the unofficial source of information for all Epiphone guitars and instruments. This website is not affiliated with the Epiphone Company or Gibson Guitar Corporation in any way. We do not deal in the buying or selling of instruments of any kind, nor do we offer evaluation services for your instruments.

About Epiphone

Epiphone is a musical instrument manufacturer founded in 1873 by Anastasios Stathopoulos. Epiphone was bought by Chicago Music Company, which also owned Gibson Guitar Corporation, in 1957. Epiphone was Gibson's main rival in the archtop market. Their professional archtops, including the Emperor, Deluxe, Broadway and Triumph, rivaled those of Gibson. The company's weakness in the aftermath of World War II allowed Gibson to absorb it. 

The name "Epiphone" is a combination of Epaminondas Stathopoulos' nickname "Epi" and "phone" (from Greek phon-, "sound"/"voice"), as well as a play on one meaning of the word "epiphany," a sudden inspiration frequently presenting itself as supernatural in origin.

Epiphone is now a subsidiary of the Gibson Corporation. Because of this subsidiary relationship, many of the instruments are based upon the more expensive Gibson versions, but at a more affordable price point. Epiphone still maintains its own line of archtop guitars as well as some electric guitar and bass models.

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Long-Scale Electrics

Archtop Guitars

Acoustic Guitars

+ Includes Classical Guitars

Bass Guitars



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