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Not only do they have a rich history, but Epiphone has a reputation for building high-quality guitars----, including:

  • Les Paul models
  • Semi and hollow body models
  • Acoustic models

Their wide range of sound options, instrument lines, and models from the company make them a top choice for many players, and they often outperform companies like Gibson effortlessly.

With this level of success, it's hard to imagine that Epiphone ever handled anything beyond guitars. Digging into their rich and chaotic history only proves the worth of the Epiphone journey.

The Evolution of Epiphone

Epiphone is well over a century old. When Anastasios Stathopoulos started Epiphone in 1873 in Smyrna (now Izmir, Turkey), the company produced fiddles and lutes.

It wasn't until Epiphone moved to New York in 1903 that they added mandolins to the production. While Anastasios's son Epaminondas (Epi) took over after his death in 1915, it wasn't until 1924 that the company started their line of recording banjos.

They changed their name to Epiphone Banjo Company in 1928 to highlight the high quality instruments they produced. This also happened to be the year that Epiphone began producing guitars.

This went better than expected, and soon Epiphone became a major competitor and problem for Gibson when it came to the arch-top guitar market. This continued until Gibson purchased Epiphone in 1957, and they haven't stopped climbing since.

Epiphone guitars have an unparalleled quality recognized by many artists, including John Lennon and Kurt Cobain.

Whether you're an Epiphone loyalist or looking to learn on a high-quality guitar, we're the place to shop. With free Australia shipping for orders over $50, getting the right instrument in your hands is easier than ever. You can't go wrong shopping with us, especially when purchasing an Epiphone.