("Easter bunny gets drunk at Easter")
This is my guitar. Epiphone is owned by Gibson, but it's a far better value,
especially for the price, than a Gibson Les Paul. This Epiphone is one of the
most beautiful guitars I have ever seen. It's well built and I only wish my
playing did it justice. Someday. Here's some advertising fluff as well as cold,
hard specifications below.
Serial number: 19041527322
Production date: April 2019 (serial 27322)
Quingdao (electrics), China
In the serial number, besides the obvious year and month, the fifth and sixth
digits are the factory code, Quingdao (electric), China, and the last five
digits are the sequence number of that factory (i.e.: the 27,332nd guitar built
in April of 2019).
Quingdao, China, pronounced /KEEN dah-o/, is on the Pacific coast far
south east of Beijing, and means "Green Island".
Electric guitars are built there.
The ProBuckers™ on the Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro feature Alnico II
magnets—same as sought-after vintage Humbuckers—for rich, warm
tone with crystalline highs and a tight bottom. With a ProBucker-2 in the neck
position and a (slightly overwound) ProBucker-3 in the bridge position for a
legendary Les Paul fat, snarling tone, served up with days of sustain.
Coil-splitting, controlled by push/pull volume pots, for a variety of sounds
from single-coil spank to full Humbucker shred. Press down for Humbucking, pull
up for single-coil. Push-pull potentiometers to switch between pick-up styles is
after-market for Gibson. It's factory on this Epiphone guitar. (Notice that the
sticker incorrectly proclaimed "coil-tapping." See
Coil-splitting versus coil-tapping below.)
The Plustop Pro comes with Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and is backed
by Gibson's 24/7/365 Customer Service.
In order of importance...
Anastasios Stathopoulos born in 1863, a Greek luthier who started a mandolin
and violin company in 1873 in Pellana, Greece. In 1903 he emigrated with his
wife to New York. As luthier he started a year later a company that mainly
produced mandolins. The company did well and he hired Italian luthier,
After the death of Anastasios (1915), his son Epaminondas took control of the
company. Under his management the company grew to one of the biggest of its
kind. Later, Epaminondas opens a factory for banjos.
In 1924 Epaminondas registered the brand name Epiphone, a combination of his
nickname (Epi) with the Greek word for sound (phone). Shortly thereafter, he
bought the banjo company, Favoran, and introduced the Epiphone recording line
of banjos. Because of their quality and elegant design, they would be a great
Because of this success, a recording line for guitars was also established in
1928 and a full line of f-hole archtop guitars was introduced in 1931. There
were 12 models, including: Broadway, Triumph and DeLuxe. Epiphone had been
competing with Gibson for some time and with the introduction of the Epiphone
Emperor in 1935, dealt Gibson a serious blow. In 1937, Epiphone introduced the
Electar series, an electric guitar with an adjustable pickup.
Epaminondas passed away in 1943 and the business was continued by his two sons,
Orpheus (Orphie) and Frixo. The two brothers struggled to get along and the
company went through hard times after World War II.
By the mid-1950s, Epiphone's output remained small. In 1957, Epiphone was sold
to the Chicago Instrument Company, which also owned Gibson, for a mere
$20,000.00. A full line of newly designed acoustic and electric guitars is
launched in 1958. Then, in 1960, Epiphone's production moved to the Gibson
plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
At the beginning of 1970 the production under license from Gibson moved from
the US to Japan, then opened production in Korea in 1983 and again in 1995
also in Indonesia. In 2004, Gibson opened a factory in Qingdao, China for the
production of Epiphone guitars.
Although the vast production of Epiphone guitars takes place in these
countries, some more exclusive models are still being made in the USA.
Especially for Humbuckers, this is terminological distinction that's important
First, humbuckers were a way to use two coils together, each with the inverse
field polarity of its partner, to counteract the humming that a single coil
(Gibson's P-90) produced.
In recent times, however, it's become fashionable to modify humbuckers such
that one of the coils can be dropped out to turn the pickup into a single-coil,
presumably in imitation of the pickups Fender and other manufacturers mount on
their guitars. This is what my Les Paul has; single-coil is obtained by tugging
out (or upward) on the leftmost potentiometers.
This is called coil-splitting.
Coil-tapping is where an electric lead comes out from somewhere in the middle
of the coil to short it if you choose to use that lead and the bottom lead
instead of the final and bottom leads. This is a frequent technique in the
manufacture of transformers more than guitar pickups.
The first step to nailing any song quickly is to:
Pluck the low E string on your guitar while the song is playing. Slide your
finger along the frets until you hear the same starting note of the opening
riff or fundamental in the chord of the song.
A good example is Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl.
The first note is G. This tells you that the song is in G major.
Hundreds of thousands of songs use only 3 or 4 chords. You only need to figure
out which 3 or 4 chords are used in a song.
Brown Eyed Girl is played in G major.
The chord progression in the G major key is [ G A B C D ].
The chord sequence (or pattern) of most popular songs is [ 1 4 5 6 ].
Answer the question, "What are the 1, 4, 5 and 6 chords in G major?"
Train yourself to answer the question, "What are the 1-4-5-6 chords?"
when you've foud the starting key of a song.
Shows you've figured out 80% of the song. The rest is whatever the composer or
lyricist did to make it unordinary (if anything).