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Help rare old Epiphone

speto76

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Hi eveyone!,

I cant indentify this Epiphone. There is a seller very close from my town, and i am interested in buying it.

The plate says its from Japan.

But this serial code, says something different:

Serial number: 326257
Production year: 1965
Made by Epiphone (Gibson) in Kalamazoo, USA.

Six digit serial numbers
From 1961 to early 1970, Epiphone used 6-digit serial numbers in the Gibson serial number line. However, many serial numbers were duplicated during this period, making the exact production year difficult to trace. It is certain that the models with a 6 digit serial number starting with 0 were produced in 1967.

Maybe this guitar has mods ... but I cant find a similar one

Anyone knows anything about ?

Thanks a lot !! 119563727_10158150268593876_6165920813059101404_n.thumb.jpg.8d2dac75288438e456e2747e625a97ee.jpg 119568966_10158150268768876_4869611082701132398_n.jpg.7ffab2e2f11b8695ee3b68cde2ed6455.jpg 119574795_10158150268833876_183696177041336222_n.jpg.2a23dc8373253fb50a931d7b5396f035.jpg 119551499_10158150268978876_7502815146804865068_o.jpg.1169700bc913f4cc68018121ead6b5b3.jpg 119562977_10158150268698876_8196678246396665192_n.jpg.4f0d63162760ff4c36af5590cb96ff24.jpg
 

speto76

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Thanks a lot.. What about the humbuckers? I basically would like to know if the guitar has been modified or not.. 100% original.

I am interested in buying this one for 350 usd.. Worth it?
 

speto76

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Do you like it?
Does it sound good?
Does this seem like the best use of $350 to you?

If so, get it.
I do not play it for now, maybe this week.
Price seem fair
There are more interesitng guitars/amps.. But maybe this could be a kind special.
 

John Quinn

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I had a pair of those humbuckers, here's a thread where someone gave me great info, they sounded GREAT!!!

Those aren't the same humbuckers - they are not the 3 screws type. As for the OP @speto76 - that looks like a Epiphone Neck from the 1970s attached to some off brand Stratocaster styled body - with added pickups and a mini switch. The Stratocaster style guitars were not built by Epiphone until the late 70s or early 80s - and the necks didn't have the fat open book Epiphone headstocks - which were a benchmark of the 70s onward Epiphone - which were built in Japan.
 

billyguitar

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It says Made in Japan on the neck plate and that seems right. The body and neck colors match exactly. I think it's obviously an early Japanese made Epi. Everything screams that's what it is. I don't remember ever seeing one but then again I would have looked right past them. I got my first Gibson in 1969 so I never looked at anything that wasn't at least a Gibson.
 

straightblues

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That is the heastock and neck plate of an early 1970's made in Japan Epiphone. I think Matsumoku made Epiphones during that period. Matsumoku made quality guitars. I have several with several different names on them. They range from $150 to $500 or so. If you like it, I don't think $350 is too much but I would try for cheaper.

I couldn't find another guitar like this particular one. One thing that this guitar has is a weird placement of the bridge. It is closer to the tailpiece with a big space between the pickguard and bridge. Look at other pictures of three humbucker strats and you will see the difference I am talking about. I would check, it looks like it might be a baritone to me. Ask the guy to make a measurement from the nut to the middle of the bridge.
 

mc5nrg

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I don't think that left the Matsumoku factory looking like that. Note also that the tuners are on backwards. I tend to agree with Mr.Quinn-guitar is a parts guitar from different guitars
 

JKjr

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I regularly played that guitar's twin at a friends place in the late 70's. It was the couch guitar everybody noodled on. Same pickups, color, etc..., so it is legit. It really didn't sound too bad through the little Gibson Explorer amp he had. I don't know if I'd pay $350 for one.
 

speto76

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That is the heastock and neck plate of an early 1970's made in Japan Epiphone. I think Matsumoku made Epiphones during that period. Matsumoku made quality guitars. I have several with several different names on them. They range from $150 to $500 or so. If you like it, I don't think $350 is too much but I would try for cheaper.

I couldn't find another guitar like this particular one. One thing that this guitar has is a weird placement of the bridge. It is closer to the tailpiece with a big space between the pickguard and bridge. Look at other pictures of three humbucker strats and you will see the difference I am talking about. I would check, it looks like it might be a baritone to me. Ask the guy to make a measurement from the nut to the middle of the bridge.
Thanks a lot for your review, and the others too.

I am starting to think doesnt worth 350 usd = 295 € (I am in Spain)

I ask to the seller about what he knows about the guitar, but I felt that he doesnt want tell me all about it .. only told me " maybe it has any piece/part changed, but still interersting for the price"...and I think totally yes. Changes has been made on the guitar.

What you say about the tailpiece, right ... looks like more a Fender than a Epìphone.

Thats not 100% original to me, so ... i think i am out.

I was looking finely the holes of the pickups, and they seem bigget than the they need, who knows ...

https://reverb.com/item/33904073-epiphone-et-270-cherry-burst ... here there is a 1970s original ET 270
 

speto76

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I regularly played that guitar's twin at a friends place in the late 70's. It was the couch guitar everybody noodled on. Same pickups, color, etc..., so it is legit. It really didn't sound too bad through the little Gibson Explorer amp he had. I don't know if I'd pay $350 for one.
Oh wow .. really ? , thanks a lot if its really that way. Same pickups ? .. same eveything ? .. the switch ? please confirm me that, because i was thinking its a frankenstein guitar. (parts .. and parts..)
 




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