New Guitars: These Are the Guitars Epiphone Presented at This Year's Summer NAMM

"Since the 1930s, Epiphone has had a tradition of making a big splash at NAMM."

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New Guitars: These Are the Guitars Epiphone Presented at This Year's Summer NAMM
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The folks from Epiphone have unveiled the highlights of their roster for the Summer NAMM 2017 convention, which took place July 13-15 at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville, TN.

Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg stated:

"Since the 1930s, Epiphone has had a tradition of making a big splash at NAMM, and this year we are introducing probably the greatest variety of instruments we've ever offered at one show."

You can check out the full press release below.

Ltd. Ed. James Bay Signature "1966" Century Outfit

An incredibly accurate recreation of Bay's vintage '66 Epiphone Century archtop in a Gloss Cherry finish. Featuring a Kinman® Noiseless "Sweet Neck" P-90, a reissue of the 60s era compensated floating Rosewood bridge with brass wheels, a James Bay "Hat Man" headstock logo, Wilkinson™ Deluxe machine heads, USA made "CTS" 500K pots, and a reissue of an Epiphone 60s era hard case plus a hand-signed photo and custom strap. Est. U.S. Street Price: $799 

Epiphone AJ-210CE Acoustic/Electric Outfit

A superb professional dreadnought guitar that's perfect for singer songwriters. Featuring a Select Spruce top with classic cutaway, state of the art Shadow Performer Tuner™ Preamp and NanoFlex™ under saddle pickup system, plus a hard case. Est. U.S. Street Price: $299

Epiphone SG-Special VE™ Electric Guitar

A rock classic at a price anyone can afford. Featuring Epiphone open-coil humbuckers with Ceramic Magnets and available in five beautiful Vintage Worn finishes including Cherry, Ebony, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Vintage Sunburst, and Walnut. Est. U.S. Street Price: $169

Epiphone Les Paul Studio LT™ Electric Guitar

All the classic "Les Paul" features at a price that won't break the bank! The LT™ has a Mahogany top, powerful Zebra-Coil Ceramic humbuckers, and a Mahogany neck with an easy-to-play tapered neck joint. Available in Ebony, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Vintage Sunburst, and Walnut. Est. U.S. Street Price: $249

Epiphone Les Paul SL™ Electric Guitar

The most affordable 2-pickup Les Paul ever made with a slim lightweight Poplar body with powerful Epiphone Ceramic pickups. Available in six exclusive colors - Ebony, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Pacific Blue, Sunset Yellow, Turquoise, and Vintage Sunburst. Est. U.S. Street Price: $99

Masterbilt DR-400MCE

Featuring a SOLID Spruce top and SOLID Mahogany body with cutaway for easy access, a Mahogany neck, bone nut, and the superb eSonic™ HD preamp system and NanoFlex-HD pickup for true acoustic sound. Available in Natural Satin and Faded Cherry Sunburst. Est. U.S. Street Price: $399

Epiphone Masterbilt® De Luxe Classic™ 4-String Acoustic/Electric Bass Guitar

The newest member of the Masterbilt Century family features all of the Century's critically acclaimed features including a Solid Spruce top with traditional longitudinal bracing, Ebony fretboard, and the eSonic™ and Shadow NanoFlex™ HD pickup system. Est. U.S. Street Price: $999

Epiphone Embassy PRO Bass

Inspired by the 60s classic and commemorating the 60th anniversary of Epiphone joining the Gibson Family. Featuring new ProBucker™ #760 Bass Humbuckers and improved hardware including a Tune-o-matic bridge, '60s-inspired "claw" tailpiece, and 2-on-a-side tuners for better balance. Est. U.S. Street Price: $399

Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage PRO Bass

Introduced in 1963, the Thunderbird has powered dozens of hits by artists like The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Cheap Trick. Featuring new ProBucker™ Bass Humbuckers and a vintage styled 60s Tune-o-matic bridge and Claw tailpiece. Available in Alpine White, Ebony, and Tobacco Sunburst. Est. U.S. Street Price: $599

19 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Joeseye
    Is it just me or do none of these guitars seem particularly innovative / interesting?
    Dulce-Sal
    Interesting. I wonder if these types of instruments have something to do with Gibson going down market with their recent releases.  Once you start selling Gibson guitars in the $400-$600 range, you begin cannibalizing sales from Epiphone.
    DissonantTimbre
    The really should just combine it into one brand aside from stuff that was originally Epiphone like the Casino, Fender with Squire too.
    HardAttack
    At first I thought the first guitar said 'James May Signature' (Top Gear & Grand Tour fan here.) I'd buy it.
    tonello
    I don't know if they've been selling that exact model lately, but if not, there's one that's very similar to the James Bay Century guitar and it's fantastic for jazz. If I had the money, I'd buy one immediately.
    DissonantTimbre
    I wish Gibson would just make the headstocks the same like Fender does with Squire. The Epiphone headstock looks like ass on anything that was originally a Gibson model.
    BjarnedeGraaf
    the most interesting ones for me are the masterbuilt century and the james bay signature. The rest just seems like newer versions of their beginner guitars
    sashki
    Cobalt prices have more than doubled over the past two years, so ceramic pickups are all you can expect.
    OriginOfFeces
    Still waiting for a '68 style Flying V in black and white... The Gibson ones are overpriced and heard some bad stories about Gibson lately.