Launched at the dawn of the dance band era, Epiphone archtops were an instant hit, and for the next 15 years Epiphone acoustic archtops were revered by the best players along with brands like Stromberg, D' Angelico, and Gibson.
"Every year was slightly different so we tried to put together the best qualities from that era, especially the bracing methods and solid wood tops." Epiphone archtops are renowned for their unique body shape--slightly different than Gibson (their main competitor) as well as for their elegant hardware like the traditional tailpiece and machine heads.
The new Masterbilt Century machine heads recreate the unique look of the originals but with a vastly improved tuning ratio.
For more details on Gibson Serialization prior to 1975 and historical product specs, use your Gruhn’s Guide or view the following PDF files: Since 1989, all Gibson acoustics are built in Bozeman, MT and all Gibson electrics are built in Nashville or Memphis.
Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.
The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1.