60’s era epiphone catalogs


OK… so you may have noticed that I ramble a lot about our history on this blog… and there’s a good reason for that. Epiphone’s history is a rich one to say the least and many times we find ourselves drawing on that rich heritage for inspiration… and today was no different. I just got out of a meeting with our Art-Director and much of our discussion centered around these 60’s era Epiphone catalogs. Cool stuff!

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4 Responses to “60’s era epiphone catalogs”

  1. December 11, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Hi to Epiphone people and friends !

    I’m looking forward any knowledgeable person to answer a few questions I would like to address about Epiphone Coronet model VS the Coronet “Dwight” model… I’m already the happy owner of a 1962 Coronet cherry red guitar model. I know a little bit about Epiphone’s production of 2 runs of the “Dwight” being released in 1963 and 1967… I also read somewhere that there was apparently differences in term of guitar’s construction and sound between the 1963 (“3+3 regular” headstock – not “batwing” headstock) Dwight model and the 1962 Coronet model. The Dwight model could have featured a thinner body gauge than the regular Coronet wich could incidently produce a little thinner sound or “crunchier” sound (a little higher pitch)… Some other sources tells that there was no difference at all between the 2 models (it may be exactly the same “Coronet model” shipped specifically at the demand of that musical instrument store) except for the “Dwight” logo that has been displayed on various positions on the headstock… Can someone out there (at Epiphone Co. or elsewhere) confirm or correct and upgrade these informations I have about the supposedly differences between the two models, if there’s any ? Thank you very much for your help !!! Daniel from Montreal, Canada

  2. December 12, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Hey Daniel

    I have checked with the resident Epi history Guru’s and unfortunately, details are a bit sketchy. It is believed that the Dwight was simply a different model to allow a broader retail distribution. For example, one retailer could carry a Dwight while another could carry a Coronet.

    I don’t have much in the way of specs for you but the Dwight was distinguished with branding that said “Dwight” on the truss rod cover, nickel plated pickup covers, amp style barrel knobs and a thin nut at about 1 5/8”.

  3. 3 EL KABONG!
    December 13, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    there’s some Dwight info here


  4. December 15, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    More info on the Dwight model… this came to me today from another credible in-house source.

    “They were made exclusively as a house brand for a large music store(dept store??) in East St. Louis, Illinois. The owner of the store was Sonny Shields. His real name was Dwight.

    75 were made in 1963 with 3 on a side headstocks. 36 were made in 1967 with the batwing headstock. It’s also my understanding that the guitar was identical to the Coronet but with the Dwight branding.”

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