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Gibson Celebrate 150th Anniversary Of Epiphone

In Celebration of Epiphone’s 150th Anniversary, Gibson Certified Vintage Launches Final Round of Rare and Highly Collectible Guitars for 2023.

Gibson has a legacy of making world-class instruments since 1894 when Orville Gibson was crafting arch-top mandolins. As a natural extension of Gibson’s passion for its unique instruments and the stories they tell, the history-making Gibson Certified Vintage program offers collectible vintage guitars authenticated and certified directly by Gibson, with a new limited lifetime warranty and a certificate of vintage authenticity. All Gibson Certified Vintage guitars are sold via the Gibson Garage, with select models available for purchase via https://www.gibson.com/en-US/Certified-Vintage.

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The Gibson 1960 Les Paul Standard aka “Sunny,” previously owned by Kirk Hammett of Metallica.

A world-first, the Gibson Certified Vintage program features one-of-a-kind Golden Era blue-chip guitars, unique, one-of-a-kind prototypes, celebrity-owned guitars, as well as 70s and 80s models directly from the Gibson Vault. In an industry first, all Gibson Certified Vintage guitars sold will receive a new lifetime limited warranty. All guitars will also come with a detailed letter of appraisal confirming the provenance and history of the instrument and a certificate of authenticity signed by Gibson’s Director of Brand Experience, Mark Agnesi.

1961 Epiphone E230TD Casino

The names associated with the Epiphone Casino are a who’s who of iconic players, from Howlin’ Wolf, Keith Richards, and some cats from Liverpool called The Beatles to modern luminaries like Noel Gallagher, Josh Homme, and Gary Clark, Jr. A true hollow body, the Casino’s light weight and timeless signature chime is unmistakable.

This 1961 E230TD Casino comes from the first year of production and is a true original with the “Bikini Badge” headstock plaque, unique to 1961 production. It features all of the Casino’s earliest appointments, including black P-90 covers, a single-ply tortoise pickguard, and dot inlays. This Casino is in excellent overall condition, showing only light play wear and lacquer checking throughout.

There are no modifications, and the guitar was never drilled for a second strap button. Its original case is lost to time, so it includes a highly protective SKB hardshell case.

Availability Date: The purchased instrument will be available for pickup at the Gibson Garage in Nashville, or shipment to an address in the US, starting December 14, 2023.

1961 Epiphone Coronet

 

Although the Coronet was introduced by Epiphone in 1959 as a reliable entry-level instrument, it wasn’t long before influential players across generations, including Steve Marriott, Johnny Marr, Del Shannon, and Ace Frehley sought out its signature Cherry finish, double-cut accessibility, and P-90-driven tone.

This instrument is in all-original condition with some light bumps and dings throughout. The top bass side of the pickguard has cracked at the screw hole, and the original Cherry finish has begun to fade on the top and the back of the neck.

There are no modifications to this 1961 Coronet, and since its original case has been lost to time, it ships with a modern EpiLite™ case.

Availability Date: The purchased instrument will be available for pickup at the Gibson Garage in Nashville, or shipment to an address in the US, starting December 14, 2023.

1962 Epiphone FT-79N Texan

Nearly everyone can instantly recall the sound of the opening chords to The Beatles’ “Yesterday,” and that is the sound of the Epiphone Texan. This beloved slope-shoulder dreadnought acoustic has also been played by Graham Nash, Noel Gallagher, Ben Gibbard, and Peter Frampton, among others–a testament to its sonic pedigree.

This 1962 model comes from the Gibson Vault in all-original, excellent condition with a Natural finish and slight playwear throughout. It features the earlier, short, Kalamazoo-style headstock and was never drilled for a second strap button. Any collector will love the included original hang tags and original gray hardshell case with blue interior.

There are no modifications to this instrument.

Availability Date: The purchased instrument will be available for pickup at the Gibson Garage in Nashville, or shipment to an address in the US, starting December 14, 2023.

1967 Epiphone EB-232 Rivoli Bass

Made on the same production line, the semi-hollow EB-232 Rivoli served as Epiphone’s version of the Gibson EB-2 Bass and features the same specs as its counterpart with some minor aesthetic changes. The Rivoli came loaded with a Gibson Sidewinder pickup that puts out a whopping 32k ohms and a push-button “baritone” switch that cuts some of the bass frequencies.

Discovered in the Gibson Vault, this 1967 EB-232 Rivoli is in very good overall condition. There is a slight warp on the pickguard and small dings and lacquer checking throughout.

There are no modifications to this instrument, and it ships with its original gray hardshell case with blue interior.

Availability Date: The purchased instrument will be available for pickup at the Gibson Garage in Nashville, or shipment to an address in the US, starting December 14, 2023.

1969 Epiphone FT-110 Frontier

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The FT-110 has a long history with Epiphone, dating back to 1939. After Gibson President Ted McCarty purchased Epiphone in 1957, it was resurrected in 1958 as the square-shoulder FT-110 Frontier. As its namesake would imply, it became a place for sonic and design exploration throughout the 1960s. Its dreadnought body and rope-and-cactus pickguard served as inspiration for the Gibson Hummingbird and Dove. Over the course of its initial run, which ended in 1970, the Frontier evolved with an adjustable-saddle bridge, narrower nut width, and longer headstock.

This particular 1969 Frontier comes from the Gibson Garage Vault in all-original, excellent condition with a Sunburst finish and light play wear and lacquer checking. It features the iconic rope-and-cactus pickguard, and the only modification is the addition of a second strap button at the heel. It includes its original black chipboard case with red interior.

Availability Date: The purchased instrument will be available for pickup at the Gibson Garage in Nashville, or shipment to an address in the US, starting December 14, 2023.

About Gibson:

Gibson, the leading iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for 130 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships, and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the leading guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, which has been on every stage since 1873, Kramer, the original MADE TO ROCK HARD guitar brand, MESA/Boogie, the home of tone, KRK, behind great music for over 30 years, and Maestro, the founder of effect pedals. Gibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation, and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands. Explore more at Gibson.com

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