The Epiphone leak back in October turned out to be legit, which means three vintage favourites from the company’s past will be returning to its catalogue. Introducing the new Wilshire, Coronet and Crestwood Custom for 2020.
Epiphone Wilshire, Coronet and Crestwood Custom
These three Epiphone guitars, originally from the company’s ’50s back catalogue, are now available with updated pickups and modern playability, along with that sized-down Kalamazoo headstock. The Epiphone Wilshire, Coronet and Crestwood Custom are all classic designs that will be available again for the first time in years. Now we know why Epiphone’s parent company, Gibson, was chasing those trademarks earlier this year against Satellite Amplifiers over the Coronet designs.
Epiphone Crestwood Custom
The Epiphone Crestwood Custom was originally introduced back in 1959. This new modern day take on the late ’50s classic features a symmetrical double-cutaway mahogany body, paired with a medium C profile mahogany neck with an Indian laurel fretboard, and 22 medium jumbo frets.
You also get a Tremotone vibrato tailpiece with an Indian laurel insert, a Tune-O-Matic bridge, a clear butterfly pickguard, vintage style oval fret inlays, and that sized-down Kalamazoo headstock. The guitar comes loaded with a set of Epiphone Pro Mini humbuckers that are controlled via two sets of volume and tone controls, and a three-way toggle switch.
You get a choice of Polaris White or Polaris Cherry finishes on the Crestwood Custom. Both look pretty good and I can see it being a popular model.
RRP – USD 549
The Epiphone Wilshire is a sweet hardtail design, that uses the Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop bar. With a no nonsense attitude, it should appeal to a lot of players.
This guitar has a mahogany construction for both body and neck, an Indian laurel fingerboard and 22 medium jumbo frets. Instead of humbuckers, you have a set of two Epiphone PRO P-90 Soapbars, which, again, are routed to two sets of volume and tone controls, and a three-way pickup selector. The new Wilshire is available in either Cherry or Ebony finishes.
RRP – USD 449
The Epiphone Coronet is the simplest of the three designs, with a single Epiphone PRO P-90 Dogear pickup, and two control knobs for volume and tone. Again, it is a mahogany construction with an Indian laurel fretboard and 22 medium jumbo frets. Hardware includes a simple but effective Epiphone Lightning Bar wraparound bridge and ivory button tuning machines. You also get a white butterfly pickguard emblazoned with a foil “E” logo.
This new Coronet comes in both Cherry and Ebony finishes and looks very nice. But don’t be put off by its simplicity, remember, the late great Jimi Hendrix once played one of these!
RRP – USD 399
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