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Epiphone Olympic Headstock
Epiphone Olympic Headstock

In 1957 in an effort to bolster their stand up bass business Gibson purchased their arch rival the Epiphone Guitar Company and moved production to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Along with the sought after bass tooling Gibson acquired access to many storied models and a brand name with a history of quality and prestige. With plans to expand retail distribution by differentiating Epiphone dealers from Gibson dealers, Gibson began production of a new line of "Kalamazoo-made and designed" Epiphones in 1959.

For over a decade from 1959 through early 1970 Epiphone solid body guitars and basses were produced in limited numbers right along side some of the greatest Gibson's of all time. These Epiphone guitars represented some of the highest quality and best sounding instruments of their generation. They provided unique shapes, pickup arrangements, and tonal signatures not seen on comparable Gibson models of the day.


The Epiphone Olympic started out looking similar to a Les Pauls Special Doublecut From 1960 until 1962. In 1963, Epiphone redesigned the Olympic to match its other solid body guitars such as the Coronet and Wilshire. The original Olympic body shape became the Olympic Special with slight modification to the lower horn, which was shortened and re-angled slightly.

The Olympic, Crestwood, Coronet and Wilshire guitars are often confused with the ET-Series, which were a Japanese-made amalgamation of the older Epiphone body shapes and designs.


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Models


Olympic

Epiphone Olympic
1962 Epiphone Olympic
Epiphone Olympic
1964 Epiphone Olympic
Epiphone Olympic
1967 Epiphone Olympic with Batwing Headstock
  • Model SB722

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Single-cut LP-style body (1960-1962)
  • Asymmetrical Coronet style body (1963-1970)

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Melody Maker-style 3x3 headstock (1960-1962)
  • Open-book style 3x3 headstock (1963-1964)
  • Batwing 6-in-a-row headstock (1965-1970)
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • One Single-coil pickup
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Wraparound bridge or Maestro Vibrola
  • Celluloid Tortoise pickguard (1960-1962)
  • White pickguard (1963-1970)

Colors:

  • Sunburst
  • Cherry



Olympic Double

Epiphone Olympic Double
1960-1962 Epiphone Olympic Double
Epiphone Olympic Double
1964 Epiphone Olympic Double
Epiphone Olympic Double
1968 Epiphone Olympic Double
  • Model SB722D

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Single-cut LP-style body (1960-1962)
  • Asymmetrical Coronet style body (1963-1970)

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Melody Maker-style 3x3 headstock (1960-1962)
  • Open-book style 3x3 headstock (1963-1964)
  • Batwing 6-in-a-row headstock (1965-1970)
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 2 Single-coil pickup
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Wraparound bridge or Maestro Vibrola
  • Celluloid Tortoise pickguard (1960-1962)
  • White pickguard (1963-1970)

Colors:

  • Sunburst
  • Cherry



Olympic Special

Epiphone Olympic Special
1962 Epiphone Olympic Special
Epiphone Olympic Special
1965 Epiphone Olympic Special
  • 1962-1970
  • Model SB721

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Symmetrical body (1962-1964)
  • Asymmetrical body (1965-1970)

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Melody Maker style headstock
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • One Single-coil pickup
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Celluloid Tortoise pickguard
  • Wraparound bridge or Maestro Vibrola

Colors:

  • Sunburst



Olympic 3/4

Epiphone Olympic 3/4
Epiphone Olympic 3/4
  • Model SB722¾
  • 1960-1963

Body:

  • Single cutaway
  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set one-piece mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 19 frets
  • Melody Maker style headstock
  • 22.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • One Single-coil pickup
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Celluloid Tortoise pickguard
  • Wraparound bridge

Colors:

  • Sunburst



Olympic (Japan)

Epiphone Olympic (Japan)
Epiphone Olympic (Japan)

Models:

  • Olympic
  • Olympic Custom

Body:

  • Double cutaway
  • Maple body
  • Deep German carve

Neck:

  • Set maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 3-screw center-dip truss cover
  • 24 frets

Electronics:

  • Two humbucker pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone control
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Adjustable wraparound bridge
  • Optional tune-o-matic bridge with tremolo tailpiece (Olympic Custom)
  • Die-cast tunerss
  • Black speed knobs with pointers

Colors:

  • Blonde
  • Walnut



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