The Epiphone 1962 Collection pays tribute to a key year in Epiphone's spectacular history with a one-of-a-kind limited reissue of three Epiphone classics.
The 1962 Collection features the 50th Anniversary "1962" Sorrento E452TDN Outfit in Natural and Royal Olive, the 50th Anniversary "1962" Sheraton E212TV Outfit in Cherry, Natural, and Vintage Sunburst with both the classic Frequensator™ tailpiece and the historic Tremotone™ tremelo, and the 50th Anniversary "1962" Crestwood Custom SB332 Outfit in Cherry.
All three of these Epiphone classics will be issued in limited quantities of 1,962 pieces.
All of the "1962" Collection instruments were designed by Epiphone luthiers who worked from the best examples of vintage originals found in Epiphone's own collection in Nashville. Measure for measure, the "1962" Collection recreates the look, sound, and feel of the originals first produced at the Gibson & Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1962, the same factory that produced the Les Paul Standard, the SG, and the 335.
In 1962, Epiphone had been part of the Gibson family of instruments for 5 years. The swing era was in the past and rock and roll--for a brief time--seemed like the past, too. Epiphone had already released great original instruments in those short 5 years including (future) Beatle favorites the Casino and Texan. But 1962 was the year that Epiphone truly distinguished itself with a line of unique instruments that firmly established its independence. Old models were improved and new models were more distinctive than ever. Epiphone was ready. But what was coming next?
Visitors to the 1962 NAMM show saw an Epiphone line that was fully revitalized with an eye to the future. And that future was coming faster than anybody knew. In two short years, the British Invasion would bring back rock and roll in a big way and would also introduce electric blues to new audiences in the U.S. and Europe. Epiphone's 1962 releases kicked off an era during which Epiphone would became a favorite for a wide range of artists including Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, and The Hollies. Add The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to that mix and you can see why the '60s became Epiphone's second great era. Just like today, artists loved Epiphone's unique designs, great sound, and long history of affordable quality.
The 1962 Collection is a long overdue look back at those instruments that put Epiphone back on the guitar map to stay.
Neck Shape: 1960s SlimTaper
Neck Joint: Glued-in
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Truss Rod Cover: Black, Kalamazoo style bell shape
Scale Length: 24.75 "
Binding: top and back (1-layer, white)
Fingerboard: Rosewood with pearloid oval inlays
Fingerboard Radius: 12 "
Frets: 22, medium jumbo
Nut: 1.68 "
Headstock: Dovewing 3-on-a-side w/60s era Epipohone logo in pearloid
Neck Pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic mini-humbucker
Bridge Pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic mini-humbucker
Bridge: Locktone Tune-o-matic with Tremotone tremelo
Machine Heads: Wilkinson Vintage with Tulip buttons; 14:1 Ratio
Pickguard: Butterfly shape, clear and white with vintage foil "E"
Knob: black Top Hats with metal inserts