Gibson and Epiphone: A History of Quality Guitars
When Gibson purchased New York’s Epiphone Guitar Company in 1957 it moved production to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Gibson began production of a new line of “Kalamazoo-made and designed” Epiphones in 1959, with plans to expand retail distribution by differentiating Epiphone dealers from Gibson dealers. Epiphone solid body guitars and basses were produced right alongside Gibsons for more than 10 years. These Epiphone guitars represented some of the highest quality and best sounding instruments of their generation. They provided unique shapes, pickup arrangements, and tonal signatures not seen on comparable Gibson models of the day. Under appreciated at the time of their release, numerous artists through the years have recognized the unique appeal of these guitars. Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Paul Gilbert and Steve Marriot are but a few of the artists that have embraced the tone and build quality of these Kalamazoo built Epiphones. One such Epiphone instrument was the Wilshire. Like an SG guitar, the Wilshire’s double cutaway mahogany body with a glued-in mahogany neck that joins the body at the 22nd fret gives you ultimate upper fret access. Lightweight and comfortable, the Wilshire has excellent resonance and natural acoustic tone – even unplugged. Featuring Epiphone’s LockTone™ tune-o-matic/stopbar combination, the transfer of string vibration is improved even more giving this guitar excellent sustain and clarity. Click here to see the Wilshire and shop all our Ephiphone guitars in stock now.