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We have nothing to report. Actually, we have lots to say, but none of it is about a Genesis reissue.
While Epiphone made some noises on their Facebook page in late 2010 asking what people thought about a reissue model of this short-lived classic, nothing has come of it yet.
The company did admit on their blog, however, that they’ve brought in at least one Genesis for research purposes. That’s about all we can tell you.
In the meantime, we can tell you a bit about the classic Genesis and explain why it’s an important part of Epiphone history.
The Genesis, available only in 1979 and 1980, was supposed to bring about a new era for the budget-minded maker.
It was called Genesis because the days of low-budget models for Epiphone were to be over, and higher quality instruments were to be the future of Epiphone.
But it wasn’t to be.
Epiphone continued to make a complete line of budget guitars as well as a few special, upgraded models.
Epiphone’s Genesis was made in Japan in 1979, but when sales didn’t live up to expectations, production was moved to Taiwan for the rest of its run.
A dual-cutaway electric guitar with a solid body, the Genesis was made in three models.
All had solid mahogany bodies and solid mahogany set necks.
They all featured rosewood fretboards with 22 frets, two humbuckers with individual volume controls, a master tone knob and a DPDT switch for coil tapping.
Other details included three tuners on each side, the tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece combination and a front-mounted output jack.
Standard, Deluxe and Custom models were made.
The Standard has no binding on the fretboard and dot inlays. Deluxe models had crown inlays and more binding.
Custom models had double and quadruple binding, block inlays and gold-plated hardware.
Depending on the model and the year, original prices ranged from less than $300 to more than $400.
Because this model wasn’t well received and wasn’t made for long, the supply available on the used and collectible market is very limited.
That means you need to act quickly if want to add a classic Genesis to your collection.
While a reissue model could be coming down the line soon, that will only renew interest in the model and make vintage ones harder to find.
Today’s the day to start your search for an Epiphone Genesis. It could be the start of something great for you and your musical career.
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