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” Sorrento E452TDN Outfit features a laminated maple top and body, a mahogany neck with a 1960s SlipTaperTM profile, a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, 20 medium jumbo frets, historically accurate binding and tortoise style pickguard, and Gibson USA mini-humbuckers. Like the Casino, the Sorrento is a completely hollow design that makes for a lightweight guitar with a wide range of tones. The Tune-o-maticTM floating bridge has a rosewood bridge base with a reissue of the original classic Trapeze tailpiece. The Sorrento’s electronics are top-notch Epiphone quality with CTS potentiometers, a ¼” non-rotating output jack, and gold TopHat controls to go along with WilkinsonTM Vintage Style machine heads with small buttons and a 14:1 tuning ratio. The dovewing headstock has a classic Epiphone metal logo badge and there is also a historically accurate “blue rectangular” Epiphone label. The “1962” Sorrento comes with a period-correct hard case and a 1962 Collection Certificate of Authenticity. Look for the Ltd. Ed. Sorrento in two beautiful color finishes, Natural and Royal Olive.
Epiphone is one of American’s oldest and most revered instrument makers. Since 1873, Epiphone has made instruments for every style of popular music and celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2013. The story of Epiphone begins in the mountains of Greece and threads its way to Turkey, across the Atlantic to the immigrant gateway of Ellis Island, and into the nightclubs, recording studios, and coast-to-coast radio broadcasts of Manhattan in the 1920s and 30s. www.epiphone.com