Epiphone has announced a massive overhaul of its brand, most notable of which is the introduction of the ‘Kalamazoo’ headstock - originally used on the guitars made for the brand in the 1930s
The Kalamazoo shape is much closer to the famous ‘open book’ shape of the Gibson originals, and gives the guitars a great new aesthetic.
Taking cues from the recent Gibson range, the new Epiphone models are split into two distinct camps, the true to the past ‘Inspired by Gibson’ Collection and the more up-to-date ‘Modern’ Collection. The new Kalamazoo-headstocked guitars are part of the New ‘Inspired by Gibson Collection’, which features all the Gibson-derived guitars in the Epiphone range including models such as the Les Paul Junior, Les Paul Special, SG Special, Les Paul Standard 50s, Les Paul Standard 60s, SG Standard and 61 SG Standard w/Maestro. Each guitar in the Inspired By collection has been redesigned from original blueprints and feature upgraded electronics and classic finishes.
Of course, Epiphone is about more than just Gibson-derived instruments – the brand has created many iconic instruments in its storied history, and those guitars are showed in the new 'Original Collection'. Epiphone is also releasing a new range of Masterbuilt acoustics inspired by the brand’s 60s classics, a new ES-derived UpTown Kat ES Collection, and the Les Paul and SG Muse Collection, aimed at entry-level players.
“We are evolving Epiphone and unleashing it with a new look and new collections. We are going back to basics simplifying the collections into Epiphone Originals and Epiphone Inspired by Gibson,” said Gueikian of the new range.
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