The Epiphone Company was founded by Anastasios Stathopoulos way back in 1873.
For a long time Epiphone was Gibson’s top rival battling to win the archtop market.
They had many models that contended with Gibson’s best product including the Emperor, Deluxe, Broadway and Triumph.
Epiphone started in the Ottoman Empire mainly making flutes until its move to the US in 1903.
With the companies move they also began taking on the production of new instruments such as the mandolin.
They would eventually branch out into other instruments like the banjo and guitar until Gibson absorbed the company in 1957.
Production was moved to Japan and remained there until the 80’s when production transitioned to Korea.
Recently in 2002 Gibson opened a factory in Qingdao, China where Epiphone production remains today.
Today Epiphone is known for producing high quality instruments at an affordable price.
Many Gibson models including the Les Paul line have been reissued under Epiphone.
These guitars have great quality and are held to strict standards.
From the hardware to the type of wood used; Epiphone has figured out how to lower the price of guitars without sacrificing too much sound.
This is evidenced in the professionals that use the guitars.
From Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and John Lennon of the Beatles to the more recent Tom Delonge of Blink 182 or Matthew Followill of Kings of Leon – these guys can afford to switch guitars every night, but stick with their Epiphone guitars.
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