The Epiphone 1962 Collection pays tribute to a key year in Epiphone’s spectacular history with a one-of-a-kind limited reissue of four 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 FrequensatorTM tailpiece and the historic TremotoneTM tremelo, the 50th Anniversary “1962” Crestwood Custom SB332 Outfit in Cherry, and the 50th Anniversary “1962” Rivoli EB232 Bass in Vintage Sunburst. All four of these Epiphone classics will be issued in limited quantities. The Sorrento, Sheraton, and Crestwood Custom will be limited to 1,962 while the Rivoli Bass will be an even greater collector’s item with only 962 produced. 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.
The 50th Anniversary “1962” Sheraton E212T and E212TV Outfits both feature the original early ‘60s Sheraton profile with a laminated maple body with period correct binding, a 5-layer bound tortoise-style pickguard with metal foil “E”, and a mahogany neck with a 1960s SlimTaperTM profile. The rosewood fingerboard has 22 medium jumbo frets, pearloid and Abalone Block and Triangle inlays, and GroverTM “kidney” style machine heads with a 14:1 ratio on a dovewing 3-on-a-side headstock with pearloid vine inlay. The Sheraton was Epiphone’s original flagship, top-of-the-line semi-hollow archtop and the “1962” Anniversary puts the Sheraton back at the top where it belongs—in style. The Sheraton’s electronics feature CTS potentiometers, Epiphone’s non-rotating ¼” output jack, Top Hat knobs with metal inserts, and Gibson USA mini-humbuckers for superior sound. The Sheraton comes with both the FrequensatorTM tailpiece (T) and the TremotoneTM tremelo tailpiece (TV). The new TremotoneTM is also found on the critically acclaimed Ltd. Ed. Epiphone “1961” 50th Anniversary Casino. The reissue Epiphone TremotoneTM tremolo bar was carefully redesigned and retooled to function and look exactly like the original but with subtle improvements to ensure that your TremotoneTM will last much longer than vintage models. Both the E212T and E212TV Outfits come with a period-correct hard case and a 1962 Collection Certificate of Authenticity. The Sheraton E212T is available in a Cherry, Natural and Vintage Sunburst color finish with a FrequesatorTM tailpiece. The Sheraton E212TV features a TremotoneTM tailpiece and is available in Cherry.
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