Epiphone guitars are perhaps most associated with its big brother Gibson, offering affordable Les Pauls, SGs and Dots. Both brands are famous while Epiphone has a long and storied history all its own.
Starting life in the early 20th century, Epiphone began by manufacturing acoustic guitars and other traditional instruments such as banjos. Gaining lasting recognition many of those models remain in the catalogue to this day. With such a long history of designing and making guitars, Epiphone has managed to become a big name that almost everybody will have heard their name before. Being one of Americas oldest instrument makers certainly has its advantages, it gave Epiphone time to perfect their craft and produce some of the absolute gems we see in music shops today. Epiphone and Gibson had a fierce rivalry throughout the early 20th century, guitars such as the Triumph, Emperor Regent and the Broadway semi-acoustic were produced during this period and went down as music instrument legends.
After being acquired by Gibson just after World War 2 many guitarists turned to Epiphone for their first instrument, such as the famous Paul McCartney. Being bought out by Gibson was possibly the best thing to happen to Epiphone as it laid down the groundwork for what Epiphone would become today, a brand that produces the iconic Gibson style of guitars at affordable prices. To this day they're used by the likes of Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Johnny Winter, Zakk Wylde, Machine Head and The Strokes.
Even though Epiphone has brought us some great Gibson designs, we can’t deny Epiphones golden years where their guitars embodied the spirit of creative innovation. With a presence in nearly every single musical scene (jazz era, swing era, post-war pop era, light rock to heavy metal and grunge etc), Epiphone has shown they were already the masters of instrument crafting before Gibson took over. From the golden oldies such as the Epiphone Casino, Wildkat Royal and Masterbilt acoustic series, to the more modern Les Paul traditional shapes and SGs, Epiphone has made generations of guitars bringing joy to musician’s all over the world.
From your first guitar to high-end Signature models from Joe Bonamassa. Epiphone makes great guitars for working musicians on any kind of budget. It’s all about finding that special Epiphone that is just right for you. Epiphone has a number of classic Les Paul styles including SG, Casino, Explorer, Thunderbird, ES and the traditional Les Paul as well as some custom shops. On the acoustic side, we have the usual Dreadnought and Jumbo styles, as well as some semi-acoustics and concert models. Just come into a PMT store and ask one of our staff to see the Epiphone lineups, the perfect Epiphone is surely waiting for you.
Whether you’re a budding musician who’s just about to pick up their first guitar, a part-timer who plays in a local band, or a professional recording their first CD, Epiphone has an instrument for all types of players. Want a budget traditional Les Paul style? The Epiphone Les Paul Express doesn’t compromise on quality and design despite its budget price. Want to sound like world famous guitar shredder Slash? The Epiphone AFD Les Paul Slash Edition comes with an Epiphone amp that gives you the sound to emulate the great man himself, at a fantastic price. Fancy something a bit more classical? The Epiphone Dot ES-335 Semi Acoustic gives you the chance to rock out like the Beatles did with the same style guitar in the 20th century. And finally, want to own a Black Beauty at an affordable price? The Epiphone Black Beauty Les Paul is the pinnacle of Epiphone design and technology, offering you the best sound quality for rocking out.
Epiphone’s pristine guitar manufacturing means regardless of your budget, musical ability or learning style, Epiphone has something for everyone. Get in touch with PMT today to find out what special offers we have on Epiphone guitars.