Fans of Epiphone and Gibson guitars that have long wished for some headstock parity between the brands have reason to rejoice: Epiphone’s new Inspired by Gibson Collections will drop the sharp angles of Epiphone’s recent headstocks and soften their curves into the “open-book” style, while still being differentiated from Gibson’s own design.
The Inspired by Gibson Collections were announced in January 2020 and will follow Gibson’s lineup restructuring from last year. Epiphone’s streamlined offerings will go nearly model-for-model with Gibson’s, offering less-expensive, foreign-made versions of Gibson designs that look more similar to the US-built Gibson’s than ever before.
Like Gibson’s bifurcated lineup, Epiphone’s Original Collection will feature vintage-style instruments, while the Modern Collection will offer slicker, more contemporary guitars.
The Original Collection – featuring the likes of Les Paul ‘50s and ‘60s Standards, SG Standard with Maestro, Firebird, Flying V, and Explorer, will have CTS pots, vintage pickup voicings, and wiring, vintage-style tuners, and era-correct neck profiles.
The Modern Collection – featuring Les Paul Studio, Les Paul Modern, and SG Classic Worn, will have push/pull pots, weight-relief bodies, slim-taper necks, and other more contemporary appointments.
Additionally, as the biggest news for Epiphone on NAMM 2020 was announcing the Texan and Casino models made in the USA. But that’s not all. One popular acoustic, the Texan is returning to Stateside production for the first time in decades. And it’s the first of what the company is calling an Epiphone Made in USA line, setting the stage for more stateside guitars to be announced soon.
The American handwork and classic headstock shapes of the Texan look back to the golden era when artists like Paul McCartney strummed the Epiphone acoustic. The Texan FT-59 will feature solid-wood construction, bone nut and saddle, a dovetail neck joint, and vintage-style tuners and finishes.