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Epiphone is proud to premiere Epiphone’s Inspired by Gibson™ collection which offers fans classic Gibson acoustic and electric guitars at an accessible price. Designed from the original Gibson blueprints, Epiphone’s Inspired by Gibson Collection has unveiled the new Original ES and Acoustic Collections, now available worldwide.

“The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Collection consists of some of the most iconic guitar designs ever created,” says Krista Gilley, Brand Director of Epiphone. “Playing off our Gibson counterpart, we are providing players a high-quality, notable guitar at an accessible price. This robust collection, now consists of these legendary acoustic and ES models, including guitars ideal for every player, at every stage.”

Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Original ES-335, Figured ES-335, and ES-339:

The full-size Epiphone Inspired by Gibson ES-335–one of the most versatile guitars in the world–is favored by icons of rock, blues, and jazz. From its inaugural appearance in 1958, the sweet and soulful semi-hollow ES-335 has been invigorating players all over the world for six decades. For guitar players who want the classic sound of an ES-335 at an accessible price, it is simply one of the best deals today. The ES-335–is available in Cherry and Vintage Sunburst, as well as a ES-335 Figured version with a top and back layer veneer of flamed maple in a stunning Raspberry Tea Burst and Blueberry Burst. Each ES-335 is crafted with a layered maple top, back, and sides coupled with a solid maple tone block to create the amazing sustain, warmth, and resonant tone that players crave in a semi-hollow instrument. Epiphone’s Alnico Classic PRO™ Humbuckers deliver a wide range of vintage sounds while the rounded C neck profile is extremely comfortable and easy to play, and the headstock features the 60s style Kalamazoo shape.

Epiphone Inspired by Gibson ES-335 and ES-339 in Cherry.

The smaller size Epiphone Inspired by Gibson ES-339 is back, designed for those seeking the tone and look of an ES-335, but in a slightly smaller, lighter instrument. The hand-rolled C-shaped mahogany neck reminds players where it all started. A pair of Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO™ humbuckers showcase the versatile Gibson ES™ tone that players have craved for over 60 years. Tuning stability and precise intonation are provided by the Graph Tech® NuBone® nut, Grover® Rotomatic® tuners, and Epiphone’s exclusive LockTone™ bridge and tailpiece, which also add more sustain to your tone. The ES-339 impressive gloss finishes are offered in the most popular and requested colors including Cherry, Pelham Blue, Vintage Sunburst, and Natural.

Epiphone Inspired by Gibson ES-339 in Pelham Blue and Natural.

Epiphone Original Acoustics have been at the forefront of the folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll revolutions.The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Acoustic Collection are created directly from the original blueprints for Gibson’s most popular acoustics and in the most desired finishes across the world.

The J-45, known as The Workhorse, is Gibson’s most famous and popular acoustic guitar. The choice of legendary musicians since it was first introduced in 1942, Epiphone’s Inspired by Gibson J-45 and the J-45 EC Cutaway have everything players want. The Epiphone J-45 features all solid wood construction, a comfortable rounded C neck profile, 20 medium jumbo frets, and the 60s style Kalamazoo headstock shape all in a gorgeous Aged Vintage Sunburst finish. The Fishman® Sonicore under-saddle pickup and Sonitone preamp make this Workhorse stage-ready out of the box. The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson J-45 EC Cutaway gives players improved access to the upper frets while retaining all of the features that make the J-45 special to begin with, including the Sloped Shoulder body with a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides, a comfortable rounded C neck profile, Fishman® Sonicore under-saddle pickup and Fishman Presys II preamp with volume and tone controls, all in a beautiful Aged Vintage Sunburst finish.

Epiphone’s Inspired by Gibson J-45 and the J-45 EC Cutaway.

The Hummingbird™ is one of Gibson’s most instantly recognizable and remarkable acoustic guitars ever built. The new Epiphone Inspired by Gibson™ Hummingbird and the rarely offered, iconic Hummingbird 12-String guitars take flight with solid woods, vintage appointments, and a Fishman® Sonicore under-saddle pickup and Sonitone preamp. Outfitted with gold Epiphone Deluxe tuners, top and back multi-ply binding, Kalamazoo style headstock, and a bone nut and saddle, it’s available in Aged Antique Natural Gloss and Aged Heritage Cherry Sunburst Gloss finishes.

The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird™ 12-String Acoustic produces a clear, bright tone with a beautifully balanced sonic range and comes equipped with a unique Hummingbird pickguard. The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird 12-String has a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, dovetail neck joint, bone nut and saddle, Fishman® Sonitone pickup system, and an Aged Vintage gloss finish.

Epiphone Inspired by Gibson J-200, Hummingbird, and J-45.

The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson™ J-200™ is a stunning homage to the King of the Flat-Tops – the world-famous Gibson™ SJ-200. Since its introduction in 1937, the J-200 has been the choice of “singing cowboys” like Tex Ritter and Gene Autry, as well as folk, rock and country royalty, including Emmylou Harris, Elvis, Jimmy Page, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, The Edge, and more. Featuring a Super Jumbo non-cutaway solid figured maple body, solid Sitka spruce top, and two-piece maple neck with a mahogany center strip, the Epiphone J-200 is built with all solid woods for outstanding tone. The visual elements have always been a big part of the J-200’s appeal, and the Epiphone Inspired by Gibson J-200 includes a Moustache™ bridge with curved block inlays, Crown headstock inlay and Graduated Crown mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays, and a J-200 style pickguard with two-color graphics. The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson J-200 is available in Aged Antique Natural Gloss and Aged Vintage Sunburst Gloss color finishes.

Epiphone’s Inspired by Gibson Collection J-200.

Epiphone’s Inspired by Gibson Collection features new and classic electric and acoustics including the Les Paul, SG, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird and the ES-335, ES-339, as well as, the J-45, Hummingbird, and J-200. The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson instruments offer fans classic Gibson models and colors, built from the original guitar blueprints, at an accessible price. For all things Epiphone, visit:

Epiphone and Gibson distributed in Australia by Australis Music Group

Australian ES model info HERE

Australian Inspired by Acoustic model HERE

And just for fun, here’s a re-run of the time we caught up with Dr Epiphone at Winter NAMM in January before the lockdown. The good doctor took us on a quick run through of Epiphone’s 2020 releases.

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