#1
Just wondering if someone could tell me if all Epiphone guitar are now made in china ? ? I was thinking about getting a Epiphone LP Black Beauty from thomann uk but i don't want it if it is made in china .
I know there was a time you could get them from korea and other places .
#2
With some rare exceptions that Gibson makes in the USA, all Epiphone guitars are made at the Epiphone factory in Guadong.
#3
Don't let the fact that it is from China scare you away, if you can play it first. Epi makes some damn fine instruments, though there are some bad ones that slip through spotty quality control. If you can play it first to inspect it, you may love it.

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#4
Yup. Made in China does not automatically equal shit. Epi fine guitars. Sometimes dodgy ones get past the QC but that happens with all brands, real Gibsons too.

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#5
BACKSTORY
i bought an epiphone standard in 2010 moving from an ibanez rg.i went to a store and tried it out along with 3-4 others at the budget of 500 euros.i brought it home with me the very same day.it does nearly anything(except high gain metal which comes easier in an ibanez neck) and i absolutelly love it.
at around 2012 i had some money to spend and bought a gibson 60's tribute off thomann.i saw it and it was a great deal.the guitar came and i felt like ,wow i now own a gibson (even a low tier one).so i cast my epi aside.the feeling went away really quickly.the fingerboard feels entirely too hard for my fingers,the neck is sticky as hell and it's profile doesn't compliment my hands,2 years now and the finish is cracked.and naturally now it sits inside it's hardshell case like a reminder of never buying something through pictures taken over and over again untill the instrument looks stunning...

POINT OF MY RAMBLINGS
do not judge an instrument by it's brand name.always get to play the instrument you are going to buy.or at the very least the same model. at thomann it's all nice and seems nice but if you don't set the guitar on your lap you never really know.(of course nothing of the above is thomann's fault,they are absolute professionals)
in my books, epihone standard > low tier gibson
thanks for bearing with me through my ramblings and i hope i helped...
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Quote by fairytaleman
BACKSTORY
i bought an epiphone standard in 2010 moving from an ibanez rg.i went to a store and tried it out along with 3-4 others at the budget of 500 euros.i brought it home with me the very same day.it does nearly anything(except high gain metal which comes easier in an ibanez neck) and i absolutelly love it.
at around 2012 i had some money to spend and bought a gibson 60's tribute off thomann.i saw it and it was a great deal.the guitar came and i felt like ,wow i now own a gibson (even a low tier one).so i cast my epi aside.the feeling went away really quickly.the fingerboard feels entirely too hard for my fingers,the neck is sticky as hell and it's profile doesn't compliment my hands,2 years now and the finish is cracked.and naturally now it sits inside it's hardshell case like a reminder of never buying something through pictures taken over and over again untill the instrument looks stunning...

POINT OF MY RAMBLINGS
do not judge an instrument by it's brand name.always get to play the instrument you are going to buy.or at the very least the same model. at thomann it's all nice and seems nice but if you don't set the guitar on your lap you never really know.(of course nothing of the above is thomann's fault,they are absolute professionals)
in my books, epihone standard > low tier gibson
thanks for bearing with me through my ramblings and i hope i helped...



Thats Gibsons trademark nitrocellulose finish for you. If not cured properly it feels sticky though it should pass away in time. But the finish does age and sunlight makes the process faster. Eventually it gets yellowish shade and gets cracks. Epis come with normal polyfinish just like other brands nowadays.

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Line6 Pod X3
#7
Quote by dazzzer30
Just wondering if someone could tell me if all Epiphone guitar are now made in china ? ? I was thinking about getting a Epiphone LP Black Beauty from thomann uk but i don't want it if it is made in china .
I know there was a time you could get them from korea and other places .


Most of the current Epis are made in their two own factories in QingDao, China
Many of the entry-level guitars (and others, too) are made at the Samick factory in Indonesia

Some models are still made in Korea, at the Unsung factory

The remaining Elitists (Casino) are still made in Japan

Some few models have been made at the Gibson factory in the US, though some years ago.
#8
Quote by jpnyc
With some rare exceptions that Gibson makes in the USA, all Epiphone guitars are made at the Epiphone factory in Guadong.


Sorry, NO !

see post above
#9
I own two Epiphone Les Paul's, a Black Standard (that I can't date but I think 2006 or 2007) and a 2010 Ultra II with the Nanomag acoustic pick up. These are excellent guitars especially the Black Standard. I don't play much metal, my band plays more 70's 80's classic rock and these Epiphone Les Paul's are great.
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#10
Quote by jb_designs
Don't let the fact that it is from China scare you away, if you can play it first. Epi makes some damn fine instruments, though there are some bad ones that slip through spotty quality control. If you can play it first to inspect it, you may love it.



From Epiphone sometimes playing and inspecting them before you buy isn't enough. This guys headstock snapped off over night while he was sleeping 6 months after he bought it. Pretty crazy...lol

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1629737
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