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❌SOLD❌ Epiphone BB King Lucille Thinline Archtop Electric, 2015

❌SOLD❌  Epiphone BB King Lucille Thinline Archtop Electric, 2015

Based closely on the currently-discontinued Gibson signature model, the Epiphone BB King Lucille is an affordable and rather good entry into the world of thinline archtop electrics.  The late, great B B King continues to have an outsized influence on blues stylings. His use of tasteful restraint combined with a wicked vibrato and an outstanding voice provide many points of emulation for countless players. For many years, BB King used top of the line Gibson thinline electric guitars, primarily the ES-355 and ES-345. Because he was the frontman and band leader, his amps would be set to maximum with stage volume controlled from the guitar; this kept his attention to the audience.

Used
Price: $750.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Gibson ES330TD Thinline Cherry, 1966

❌SOLD❌ Gibson ES330TD Thinline Cherry, 1966

The design for the Gibson ES330TD – the TD stands for Two Pickup, Double Cutaway – was an outgrowth of Gibson president Ted McCarty’s desire to offer a new, modern guitar to jazz players. The first item on the list was double cutaways, which at the time were not available on really any archtop guitars. The first model to use this format, and with a solid center block to reduce feedback, was the 1958 ES-335. The ES-355 and ES-345 soon followed, and to round out the line, the fully hollow Gibson ES300TD was added.

Vintage
Price: $3,999.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II Vintage Sunburst, 1988

❌SOLD❌ Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II Vintage Sunburst, 1988

The Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II appeared with the ‘by Gibson’ logo for only two years or so, ending around 1988; these were built in the Samick shops in Korea and are excellent instruments. The original Epiphone Sheraton was built from 1958 to 1970, and Gibson had purchased the remains of Epiphone 1957. Their introduction was concurrent with the launch of Gibson’s new ES-3×5 line, a revolutionary design that added a solid center block to a thin-body electric archtop.

Used
Price: $1,400.00 CAD

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No Longer Available – Gibson ES330 Thinline Archtop Cherry 1969

No Longer Available - Gibson ES330 Thinline Archtop Cherry 1969

Built from 1959 to 1972, the Gibson ES330 is essentially the same as the 1961 ES-230 Epiphone Casino, a double cutaway, fully hollow model with a pair of P-90 pickups. From a short distance, the Gibson ES330 looks very much like the ES-335 models, but there is a key construction difference in the lack of the center block. The body is otherwise similar, with Laminate Maple for the top, back and sides, with Mahogany for the neck and a bound Indian Rosewood fingerboard.

Vintage
Price: $4,650.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Epiphone Elite 1965 Casino Natural, 2003

❌SOLD❌  Epiphone Elite 1965 Casino Natural, 2003

The Epiphone Elite 1965 Casino recalls one of the most famous guitars – the one played by John Lennon on many recordings. In fact, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison all had Casinos and McCartney still uses his.   There were many other Casino players,  including members of the Rolling Stones and Beach Boys. Originally built as a Sunburst model, by 1968 (during the White Album sessions) Lennon had the finish stripped off, with two coats of thin clear lacquer re-applied.    It was felt that this improved the tone and resonance of the guitar, and this look has become a de facto standard, especially without the pickguard. 

Used
Price: $1,500.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Epiphone Zephyr Regent Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1953

❌SOLD❌   Epiphone Zephyr Regent Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1953

The Epiphone Zephyr Regent is a full body, 17.375 inches wide, built using Maple laminates for the top, back and sides for feedback resistance. The neck is Mahogany with Rosewood for the wooden bridge and bound fingerboard.  The position markers are slotted Mother of Pearl blocks,  perhaps looking forward to the markers found on the later Epiphone Howard Roberts model. 

Vintage
Price: $2,499.99 CAD

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