The Epiphone and Gibson companies were fierce rivals in the Thirties, constantly trying to outdo each other’s designs. But with the death of its dynamic leader, Epi Stathopoulo, in 1943, Epiphone’s reputation for quality and innovation began to slide. In 1957, the East Coast–based company finally threw in the towel and sold its bass line, and the right to manufacture under the Epiphone name, to Gibson.
Since its initial release in 1961, the Epiphone Casino has been the instrument of choice for guitar greats, including Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Keith Richards, Paul Weller and Dwight Yoakam.
Epiphone has created the Commemorative Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2011 Coronet guitar. The limited-edition model was designed with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip logo and the signature of Chip owner Rod Woodruff. It features a double-cutaway design, single volume control, bolt-on neck, a high-output Epiphone 700T Humbucking pickup, Metallic Black finish, mahogany body and neck and rosewood fingerboard.
The Epiphone Riviera Custom P-93 is a fine guitar. It is beautifully conceived and crafted in that stunning see-thru wine red finish, laminated maple top and body with mahogany neck. I also dig (cosmetically and functionally) having the three black plastic dog-eared P90 pickups.