Epiphone Coronet, Wilshire and Crestwood Custom review

This trio of ‘Junior’ style reissues look fantastic. But at entry-level prices, can they impress a gnarled old Guitarist reviewer?

Epiphone Coronet, Wilshire and Crestwood
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Three of the coolest vintage-inspired electrics we have seen at this price, this Epiphone trio offers a fantastic range of tones, with a feel and playability that players of all abilities will enjoy.


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    Fabulous value.

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    Brilliantly ballsy tones.

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    Great neck.

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    The Wilshire is more versatile due to that second pickup.

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    Crestwood has gorgeous bright but ‘important’ tones.

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    It has a Quirky but cool vibrato system, too.


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    Location of strap button makes these a tad headstock-heavy.

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    No lefties.

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Let’s get the obvious out of the way right here: these are some of the coolest-looking electric guitars ever made. There’s no debating that fact, so let’s quickly move on…  

The Coronet, Wilshire and Crestwood were released in 1958 (Crestwood) and 1959 (Wilshire and Coronet) as Epiphone’s answer to the Gibson Les Paul Junior and Special. Epiphone had been part of the Gibson family since the two companies came together just the year before. 

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Neville Marten

In the late '70s and early '80s Neville worked for Selmer/Norlin as one of Gibson's UK guitar repairers, before joining CBS/Fender in the same role. He then moved to the fledgling Guitarist magazine as staff writer, rising to editor in 1986. He remained editor for 14 years before launching and editing Guitar Techniques magazine. Although now semi-retired he still works for both magazines. Neville has been a member of Marty Wilde's 'Wildcats' since 1983, and recorded his own album, The Blues Headlines, in 2019.