I'm very happy with the look, feel and performance of this guitar.
Easily the bet value or money of any semi-hollowbody guitar i've ever played.
Gorgeous and stylish, these instruments lived up to their big city, aristocratic names—Broadway, Emperor, De Luxe—in every way.
The rivalry between Gibson and Epiphone significantly drove the evolution of archtop acoustic and electric guitars during this period.
Although his name would later become closely associated with Gibson, Les was very much an Epiphone player early in his career during the Thirties and Forties.
He even did some of the work on his pioneering solidbody electric guitar prototype, the Log, at the Epiphone factory.
Ironically, it was Epiphone’s biggest competitor, Gibson, that breathed new life into the company.
“A lot of the great players did back in those days, when you really had to thump out the rhythm.
From the moment in December 1927 when Epaminondas “Epi” Stathopoulo officially changed the name of his musical instrument manufacturing company from the House of Stathopoulo to the Epiphone Banjo Corporation (later shortened to Epiphone Inc.
in 1935), the company seemed motivated to outdo their main rival, Gibson.
Mc Carty was initially interested only in Epiphone’s upright bass-making business, but when he found out that the price included everything, including the tools, fixtures, work in progress and even the company name, he decided to establish Epiphone as a subsidiary of Gibson.
The same energy that had once driven the Gibson/Epiphone rivalry now blossomed into a beautiful partnership, and through Mc Carty’s leadership Gibson gave new life to Epiphone that still continues to this day.