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Epiphone Looks Back at 140th Anniversary


Epiphone celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2013 in style with an incredible year of special releases, including artist Signature Models by Tommy Thayer, Brandon Small, and Matt Heafy, three new Performance Packs, a comprehensive Epiphone history book and its recognition as the official instrument of Rocksmith 2014.


“The celebration of our 140th anniversary really began with the release of the Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Paul Standard in January and it hasn’t stopped all year,” said Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg. “Best of all, our colleagues at guitar magazines, our players, and our fans have all reached out to say Happy Birthday.”


Epiphone kicked off its year-long 140th Anniversary Party by welcoming three new Signature Artists – Tommy Thayer of KISS, Matt Heafy of Trivium, and “Dethklok” mastermind Brendon Small, who joined the elite group of Epiphone Signature Artists that over the decades has included Chet Atkins, Paul McCartney, John Lee Hooker, John Lennon, Slash, Jack Casady, Joe Bonamassa and of course, Les Paul.


All of Epiphone’s 2013 Signature Artists designed their signature models and each brought something special to the process,” said Jim Rosenberg. “These instruments are really one of a kind and reflect the attention to detail that have made these guys the pros they are.”


Tommy Thayer’s Ltd. Ed. “Spaceman” Les Paul featured Gibson USA 498T humbucker pickup. Matt Heafy of Trivium introduced the Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom 6 string and 7 string with EMG pickups and a deep-set neck joint with “Axcess” heel. And Brendon Small, creator and writer of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse, presented the “Thunderhorse” Explorer, featuring Gibson USA BurstBuckers with coil-tapping.  All were Limited Editions that quickly sold out to our authorized Epiphone retailers around the world.


Longtime friend and Signature Artist Tak Matsumoto returned in 2013 with the Aqua Blue double cutaway Les Paul Standard PlusTop exclusively for Japan. Other highlights in 2013 included the release of the Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO, the return of the Genesis Deluxe PRO and the knockout TV Silver and TV Blue collections.


Guitar World magazine praised Epiphone throughout the year, recognizing the ES-339 in their feature, “Greatest Budget Axes under $500.” And Guitar Player published “A Time Line of Epiphone Guitars,” featuring highlights from Walter Carter’s comprehensive history, The Epiphone Guitar Book, published in 2013.


Perhaps most exciting of all for new players, in 2013 Epiphone introduced an incredible collection of Packs—the Les Paul Player and Performance Packs, the Goth SG Performance Pack and the Toby Bass Performance Pack.   Together, with the fan favorite PR-4E Pack, these all-in-one collections offered Epiphone fans new and old everything they need to start playing including a pro quality Epiphone instrument, a specially designed Epiphone amp, straps, picks, lessons and Epiphone’s singular lifetime guarantee.


This summer, Epiphone held a weekend long celebration in Nashville at it’s state-of-the-art headquarters, welcoming fellow musicians and writers to take the ProBucker Challenge, which pitted Epiphone’s ProBucker humbucker pickups against some of the best boutique pickups in the business to rave reviews.


And to round out the holiday season, Epiphone is currently offering holiday giveaways as well as a Rocksmith 2014 Buyer’s Guide so new Epiphone fans could easily choose the right Les Paul, SG, or Epiphone Bass for their Rocksmith 2014 experience.


Visit Epiphone.com today to read more about Epiphone’s 140th Anniversary celebrations and all of the 2013 models and Player/Performance Packs.


Rocksmith 2014 Buyer’s Guide: http://www.epiphone.com/Rocksmith2014.aspx


Tommy Thayer Spaceman Les Paul: http://www2.epiphone.com/press/P_Thayer1.jpg


Brendon Small: http://www2.epiphone.com/press/P_Thunderhorse1.jpg


Matt Heafy 6, 7 String Les Paul Custom:





Tak Matsumoto: http://www2.epiphone.com/press/P_TAK-QB1.jpg


TV Pelham Blue Collection: http://www2.epiphone.com/press/P_TVPELcollection.jpg


TV Silver Collection: http://www.epiphone.com/press/P_TVSILcollection.jpg


ProBucker Challenge:



Guitar Player Epiphone Timeline:



Guitar World “Greatest Budget Axes Under $500: http://www.epiphone.com/News/Features/2013/Guitar-World-Recognizes-Epiphone-ES-339-PRO.aspx


Thunderbird Classic IV PRO:




About Epiphone:  

Celebrating its 140th Anniversary, Epiphone is a leading innovator in musical instrument design and is the official instrument of Rocksmith 2014, the critically acclaimed video experience that is teaching millions around the world how to play guitar and bass.


From Epiphone’s humble beginnings in Sparta, Greece in 1873 through its rise to fame on 14th Street in Manhattan, to its reemergence as a dominant force in musical instruments from its new headquarters in Nashville, TN, Epiphone instruments can be heard on a century of classic recordings. Today, Epiphone instruments are played on stages and in studios around the world. Epiphone artists include legends Les Paul, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Joe Pass, John Lee Hooker, The Who, and today’s top artists like Gary Clark Jr., Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Jack Casady, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Dwight Yoakam, Tommy Thayer of KISS, Slash, FUN., Matt Heafy, Alabama Shakes, Vampire Weekend, and Brendon Small. As part of Gibson Brands, Epiphone offers innovation, history, and the guarantee that their instruments can last you a lifetime.


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