Solid body guitars with flat tops and backs were made at the Elenor Street plants both Gibson and Epiphone in Kalamazoo, Michigan. These guitars were of higher quality than that of the previous years of production in Japan and included models such as the Wilshire, Emperor, Riviera and Newport bass.
Gibson decided to launch a new line of Epiphone amplifiers in with many different models, including the So Cal, Blues Custom, and the Epiphone Valve Junior.
Contrary to popular information, this line was related to, but not part of the Gibson Centennial Series commemorating years of the Gibson Guitar Corporation. Korea[ edit ] From the s, Epiphones were manufactured mainly in Korea and Japan by contractors licensed by Gibson.
They used a tube design, and some had reverb and tremolo. By new designs of higher quality were being introduced for export but did not include the current Japanese market models.
For the first several years of production in Japan, Epiphone guitars were actually rebranded designs already produced by the Matsumoku Company. Each instrument was handmade in the FujiGen factory in Japan. This outfit was an amplifier, case and lap steel guitar stand all rolled into one unit  and was supplied by a suitcase manufacturer of the time.
Several Epiphone guitars have been produced in the United States after The Epiphone Spirit and Special were produced in the early ati radeon 9200 slot type in Kalamazoo.
Bymost Japanese-only designs were available for worldwide distribution.
Seattle WA I do have a set with plastic covers that has the proper shims to fit in a casino or if you send the metal cover pickups in i can build a set into the original covers- if you elect to go with the original metal covers and send them in some casinos have a quick connector about 8 inches from each pickup- check and see if yours has that before you cut the wire and unplug it instead and I can solder the new pickup with the quick connect on the end.
Gibson produced Epiphone amplifiers in the s. InEpiphone began producing a range of higher quality instruments under the "Elite Series" moniker which were built by Terada and FujiGen in Japan. The plastic covers are flat on the bottom but they will conform to the arch when you screw them down. These Amplifiers are under the Epiphone Electar moniker.
These were remakes of the classic Epiphone archtops of the s and '40s. The Valve Senior offers 20 watts of power, with a full equalizer, gain, volume, reverb, and presence control. At this time, Epiphone ceased production of all of its traditional designs and began manufacturing markedly less expensive guitars, many of which had less traditional bolt-on style necks and unspecified wood types.
The other Kalamazoo-made Epiphones had technical or cosmetic relationship with the similar Gibson version.
Some of these Epiphone instruments were effectively identical to the relevant Gibson versions, perhaps made with same timber, materials and components as the contemporary equivalent Gibson guitars. The brand was primarily used to issue less expensive versions of classic Gibson models.
Production was moved back to Nashville and Bozeman for a similar limited run of instruments each of Sheratons, Rivieras, Frontiers, Excellentes and Texans. These particular budget considerations, along with others such as plastic nuts and cheaper hardware and pickups, allow for a more affordable instrument.
The other thing about the metal covers is they are tapered from front to back in an attempt to make the top of the pickup parallel with the strings BUT the angles are wrong- the neck pickup is particularly bad.
China[ edit ] InGibson opened a factory in QingdaoChina, which manufactures Epiphone guitars. These were basically copies or variations of Gibson and Fender amplifiers[ citation needed ]. Samick has stopped[ when?
As ofEpiphone has ceased production of their line of amplifiers with the exception of the Player and Performance Pack practice amplifiers, available only in Epiphone's starter packages. Another thing about metal cover casinos is only the john lennon signature model has standard pole spacing- the imports have a narrower spacing in the neck than a standard USA P so if you are thinking about installing a set of dogears yourself into the metal covers the neck pickup wont fit.
One more thing- the metal cover Ps are soldred together, the bottom plate and cover are soldered and it takes a pretty hot iron to undo or redo them. Now- metal cover Ps sound quite different than plastic covers- smoother with less punch and the top end is a little rolled off- i like the sound of the plastic covers better but its a matter of taste.
As ofall of the Elitist models have been discontinued with the exception of the Elitist Casino and the Dwight Trash Casino.