In my head it’s epp-eee-phone, when I say it it’s epp-ih-phone.
Where are Epiphone guitars made? Epiphone guitars are made in Gibson’s Qingdao factory in China. The majority of Epiphone’s instruments have been manufactured exclusively at this facility since 2004, including their solid body, hollow body and acoustic guitars.
Today, Epiphone is still used as a trademark for the Gibson company, both for budget models of other Gibson-branded products and for several exclusive models from Epiphone. In addition to guitars, Epiphone also made double basses, banjos and other stringed instruments and amplifiers.
Generally, manufacturers and stores are reporting that a combination of record demand and the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a shortage of electric guitars in many parts of the world.
According to Epiphone and Gibson: Yes, Epiphone Les Paul models are real Les Pauls. The Epiphone models are the only company besides Gibson that is allowed to use the Les Paul name on their guitars. Epiphone Les Paul guitars are made in Asia but retain most of the same features as a Gibson.
The short answer is: Yes, Epiphone makes mostly high quality guitars. There are of course exceptions and it must be remembered that Epiphone is a budget guitar so you cannot expect Gibson or Fender level quality. But for the lower prices, Epiphone makes a pretty good instrument.
Dave Davies (Kinks) plays at an Epiphone casino in the All Day and All of the Night video. Tom DeLonge (Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves) uses his signature ES-333 on both the Epiphone and Gibson versions. Pete Doherty (The Libertines/Babyshambles) uses a Coronet as his main electric guitar.
The name Les can be pronounced as “LES” in text or letters. Les is a bayboy name of primary Gaelic origin. The English meaning of Les is “Holly Orchard” and is popular in the Christian religion.
If you want to play a guitar that resembles an expensive Gibson classic, then Epiphone is perfect to fill that spot. Epiphone makes quality guitars for their low price, and when you pair them with a quality amp they deliver a great sound that rivals more expensive guitars.
Do Epiphone guitars hold their value? Epiphone guitars are good value for money, which helps them hold their value quite well in most cases. Even models in the lower price range usually only lose a small part of their value. You can buy a brand new Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus for around $600.
Chinese epis are just as good as older Korean ones. When Gibson opened their own Epi factory in China, which they still oversee. Epis are so much better than ever in my opinion.
The numbers are pretty shocking. In the last ten years alone, electric guitar sales have fallen by a third, from 1.5 million to a new average of just over 1 million. As you can imagine, this trend has been hell for small music stores, but even large music retailers are suffering from declining guitar sales.
These are mostly Covid-related delivery bottlenecks. Martin was closed for a while, plus more people are staying home and playing guitars, so supplies were running low, and then Christmas came. It will probably be a few more months before they catch up.