Category Archives: Epiphone

My Favorite Signature Guitars

Seems like everyone and their brother has a “signature guitar” anymore. You seem them from time to time in Guitar Center or the latest Musician’s Friend catalog, but never all at once. The kind of seem to come and go. I decided to list my favorite signature guitar models all at once for you to check out. These are my favorites from Eddie Van Halen, Dave Mustaine, Dimebag Darrell, Michael Schenker, Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, George Lynch, Kirk Hammett, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Slash, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, John Petrucci, Angus Young, and Steve Morse. I wish I had them all!

 

Van Halen Wolfgang Signature Guitars

Peavey USA Wolfgang Standard Archtop Hardtail Guitar w/OHSC MINT!
USD 1199.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-25 16:15:53
EVH Wolfgang Special Electric Guitar
USD 600.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-23 00:14:36
Peavey Wolfgang Hardtail USA Electric Guitar
USD 999.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-23 02:00:34
Peavey Wolfgang Hardtail USA Electric Guitar
USD 1049.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-23 02:05:25

 

Dave Mustaine Signature Guitars

Megadeth Dave Mustaine Guitar Pick
USD 1.99 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-27 17:34:37

 

Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitars

Pantera Guitar Picks! Dimebag Darrell!! Set of 4
USD / 75.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-24 17:22:33

 

Michael Schenker Signature Guitars

Dean Michael Schenker Standard Guitar, MS STD
USD 269.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-27 16:17:47

 

Tony Iommi Signature Guitars

Epiphone Tony Iommi SG Custom Electric Guitar
USD 78.00 (11 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-23 01:16:09
Tony Iommi SG Guitar NEW 2010 model
USD / 499.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-24 21:16:02
Epiphone Tony Iommi Signature Custom Guitar from Japan
USD 860.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-25 13:48:09

 

Zakk Wylde Signature Guitars

Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Bullseye Guitar w/Hard Case
USD 486.00 (15 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-21 18:40:54
Les Paul pee wee Epiphone Zakk Wylde bullseye electric Guitar NO RES
USD 16.58 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-27 02:51:48
Epiphone 2007 Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar With Hard Case
USD 585.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-22 20:48:58
MASSIVE Black Label Society Zakk Wylde guitar pick lot(41 total)
USD / 15.50 (7 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-25 01:48:41

 

George Lynch Signature Guitars

esp ltd gl-200 george lynch guitar kamikaze
USD / 380.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-21 19:03:47
New George Lynch Skull and Bones Electric Guitar Body Dream Warriors
USD 399.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-24 03:20:36

 

Kirk Hammett Signature Guitars

ESP KH-2 White Zombie Kirk Hammett Custom Shop Guitar Metallica
USD / 19000.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-26 16:30:56
LTD KH-25 Kirk Hammett Signature Factory distressed Guitar Black
USD 550.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-24 20:39:04
ESP LTD Kirk Hammett Nosferatu Electric Guitar w/ Case
USD 999.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-27 22:36:38

 

Buddy Guy Signature Guitars

Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar [New CD]
USD 7.31 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-23 08:24:30
Buddy Guy "live at legends". Promo display & guitar pick
USD 9.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-21 02:00:46
BUDDY GUY Miniature Guitar Polka Dots Blues
USD 34.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-26 03:18:41

 

Eric Clapton Signature Guitars

Eric Clapton Guitar Pick E.C. Was Here E.C. Was There Blue
USD 199.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-26 19:06:38
FENDER STRATOCATER Eric Clapton Blackie Used Electric Guitar
USD 1050.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-23 18:56:36

 

Eric Johnson Signature Guitars

ERIC JOHNSON 1996 Venus Isle Tour guitar pick
USD 10.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-24 23:42:13

 

Jeff Beck Signature Guitars

Beck's Guitar Shop by Jeff Beck [CD]
USD 1.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-25 21:44:57
Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop by Jeff Beck (CD, Epic (USA))
USD 8.98 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-27 21:34:29
Fender 2012 Artist Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar
USD 1095.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-26 13:21:09

 

Steve Vai Signature Guitars

Ibanez JEM77P Steve Vai Signature Premium Series Electric Guitar BFP
USD 1300.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-26 15:27:14
Ibanez JEM70VSFG Steve Vai Signature Electric Guitar + OHSC
USD / 1025.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-24 17:28:37
Ibanez Universe UV777 Steve Vai 7-string Guitar. UV
USD / 1150.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-22 22:01:30

 

Joe Satriani Signature Guitars

Ibanez Joe Satriani JS1000 Electric Guitar
USD / 1000.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-27 02:15:13
Joe Satriani Guitar Pick *Surfing with the Alien* Set of 2!!!
USD / 40.00 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-25 16:01:39

 

Randy Rhoads Signature Guitars

Randy Rhoads Guitar Pick
USD 265.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-25 19:10:02
Jackson RR1 USA Randy Rhoads Electric Guitar Black
USD 2499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-21 07:39:24

 

John Petrucci Signature Guitars


 

Steve Morse Signature Guitars

MUSIC MAN Steve Morse Y2D Floyd Rose trem, Electric Guitar, t7024
USD 1938.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-26 05:55:12
Guitar Player Magazine Steve Morse May 2003
USD 5.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-21 21:53:16
Steve Morse Band 80s POP ROCK GUITAR DJ LP Introduction 1984 USA ISSUE
USD / 16.98 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-25 15:33:31

 

John 5 Signature Guitars

Music Man John Petrucci Majesty Electric Guitar Arctic Dream
USD 2949.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-21 09:14:20
Marilyn Manson John 5 Autographed Signed Guitar & Proof PSA AFTAL
USD 423.80 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-25 07:28:22

 

Angus Young Signature Guitars

((( AC/DC ))) ANGUS YOUNG guitar pick picks ((( VERY RARE )))
USD 13.05 (7 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-21 18:28:38
ANGUS YOUNG SIGNED SGC MODEL ELECTRIC GUITAR JSA LOA
USD 1500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-27 16:15:10

Nikki Sixx Epiphone Blackbird Bass is Awesome

What would classic 80’s rock be without Motley Crue? Nikki has a signature bass that’s both affordable and that sounds great, he calls it the “Blackbird” (fitting eh?). If you love it louder than Hell, then you’re never too young to fall in love with Epiphone’s Nikki Sixx Blackbird electric bass guitar. The original, “DeepSixx” humbuckers are directly mounted for more crunch, and, combined with a simple on/off toggle switch, help you recreate the distinct sound of Motley Crue!


Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino Vintage Sunburst

There’s not much more classic than an Epiphone Casino Guitar.  You’ll probably immediately think of the Beatles.  You’ll love the light weight and comfortable neck of the Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino. The Elite series are instruments that approach custom shop perfection. Crafted with premium woods, fitted with American pickups and circuitry—-even American-made toggle switches and Grover tuners-they’re made at a special factory devoted to their manufacture where they receive a high degree of hands-on luthier attention. You’ll find the Elite 1965 Casino true to the original made famous by The Beatles. A finely crafted, great-sounding, and easy-playing instrument that beautifully blurs the line between Epiphone and Gibson. Includes hardshell case.

There are all kinds of Epiphone Casino’s on eBay in both used mint and new reissue condition:

Epiphone Casino Black Ebony Bigsby Peerless Korean Model w/Gig Bag
USD 549.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-25 13:47:41
"NEW" Epiphone Casino Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar "No Reserve"!
USD 305.00 (30 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-23 02:00:07
Epiphone Casino Coupe - Natural Hollowbody Electric Guitar
USD 499.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-26 21:59:09
Epiphone Casino Vintage Sunburst with OHSC
USD / 500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-27 12:57:50
Pristine Korean Epiphone Casino with SKB Case! Stock.
USD / 400.00 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-26 00:34:53
Epiphone Casino Sunburst Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar
USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-22 20:49:07
Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Electric Guitar Rare
USD / 800.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-21 04:30:19
Epiphone Casino John Lennon Limited Edition 1743 of 1965
USD 1200.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-22 16:47:20

Epiphone Futura Prophecy Guitar

How can you resist a guitar in the Explorer style? I’ve always been a fan o EMG pickups – especially for the more modern styles. The Future is well suited for metal, modern rock, or alternative guitar playing. The Epiphone Futura Prophecy EX Electric Guitar is loaded with an EMG-81 humbucker pickup in the bridge position for great attack and sustain during solos and an EMG-85 humbucker at the neck for fat, great-sounding rhythm. Lavish, supreme features include the Futura guitar’s highly figured quilted maple top, pearl inlay knobs, strap locks, graphite nut, Grover tuners, bound fingerboard, unique blade inlay, and rich, black cherry finish. The hard maple set neck and 24-fret ebony fingerboard provide a playground two full octaves in length.

Here’s a video review of the Epiphone Futura Prophecy guitar:

Here are some Epiphone Futura guitars listed on eBay right now:

Why I Hate Epiphone Guitars (review)

Consider this my blanket review of all Epiphone guitars in general. I go to Guitar Center a lot. Usually it’s just to check out a bunch of guitars through different amps. I bought one guitar there, and I buy them online sometimes too. About a year ago I found a cool deal on Musicians Friend on a Epiphone Dot Studio guitar. The Dot Studio is basically a budget version of the very expensive and legendary ES335 (several thousands of dollars). This guitar was awesome! It was black on black, and those humbuckers just screamed through my Marshall! It had lots of tone, and was very light (which is great on stage). I loved that guitar…for awhile.

After I gigged it out a few times, the bridge volume know fell inside the body cavity, held on by only the volume knob itself. The nut had come loose. I popped off the volume knob while holding on to the pot pliers, tightened up the nut, and that was that. I tightened up all the other volume and tone knobs too. This was the first time I began to feel like Epiphone was a really low quality guitar. I’d never seen a brand new guitar, direct from the factory with loose volume knobs. In fact, I’d never owned a guitar for years where the volume knobs got loose on their own.

So I gigged this black Dot Studio out like 6 or 7 times. I noticed one night that the input jack nut was coming loose. I tightened it up by hand and all was well for the night. But that made me take notice of the input jack from that point forward. I always checked at home and before gigs….and ended up hand tightening it all the time. It was as terrible pain, and I don’t know why they didn’t install a locknut or lock washer at the factory. Long story short, it had to be tightened so many times that it caused one of the wires attached internally to the input jack to start to short out, and eventually just fall off. I ended up buying an AllParts input jack new at Guitar Center and soldering it back in myself. The guitar was ok…..for awhile.

On stage I switch from bridge to neck pickup a lot depending on the song. I started to notice at first a crackle, and then sometimes just cutting out going from neck to bridge. I would have to switch it back once or twice before it kicked in. I’ve never had problems like that before on a new guitar – that told me it was a cheap input jack. I had already noticed when I soldered in the new input jack how thin the internal wiring of the guitar was (compared to others I had taken apart). Problems with the wiring, and the switch dragged on for months. When I installed the new input jack I had put a few dots of gorilla glue at the edge of the nut to keep it from coming loose again. Eventually I sold the guitar when I had owned it just under a year. I ended up buying the Ibanez Artcore I play as my main guitar now in it’s place.

I have not had a single problem with the Ibanez that I had with the Epiphone, and it has the input jack on the tail just like the Epiphone did. And I can see inside the F-holes of the guitar that the wiring is significantly thicker than it was on the Epiphone. My only complaint with the Artcore is that the pickups aren’t nearly as biting or clear as they were on that Dot Studio. I have a friend that loves Epiphones. He’s tried to tell me that maybe the one I had was just a lemon. I disagree. I have played dozens of Epiphones in 3 different guitar centers and various music shops. Each and ever one has had loose knobs and or input jack. Also, the setup and quality is very hit or miss.

Here’s a prime example. I went to Guitar Center today and played several instruments. I saw this one guitar that was stunning from afar. It has natual laquer and wood, beautiful finish, semi-hollow body 335 type guitar. As I got up on it I saw it was indeed an Epiphone Dot Studio. Being a glutton for punishment I picked it off the rack and plugged it in. It played nice. In face it screamed, and was full of tone. And in this newer model, the input jack had been moved from the tail to the top just right of the bridge. The input jack was tight. I tuned it up and played. Nice action, nice feeling neck, even the toggle switch for neck and bridge was a newer kind and seemed better. Then I switched from neck to bridge and went to turn the volume up for that pickup…and it turned around, and around, and around, and around. The nut had become loose and fallen off that volume. I check the others, and they were also indeed loose.

I played a flame top Epiphone Les Paul last weekend, and it’s input jack and volume knobs were loose (and the action was terrible). I played two Dot Studios that were on clearance and the action was way off the fingerboard, and one had a blemish on the headstock. Loose volume knobs as well. The wost was 2 months ago when I was very interested in getting an SG. SG’s are very expensive, so I of course checked out the Epiphone SG’s (I know – idiot, duh!). They had this one that was white with gold hardware, triple humbucker. Beautiful guitar…nice action, good setup – I liked it a lot. It was on clearance for $340 – a bargain (so I thought!). I plugged it in and tried the neck pickup – nice! I switched to bridge, and no sound! I turned every volume and tone knob on 10 – still no sound! The mid pickup switch was the same. This guitar only had volue on the neck pickup! I thought this guitar was so nice, that I was willing to get it fixed if need be. I took it over to the department manager looking for a deal. He said “no way – it’s already on clearance”. I said “but wait, it’s broken – the wiring is bad and you’re selling is as ‘new’!”. He wasn’t willing to budge one iota on the price. They also weren’t willing to fix it, I had to buy the guitar AND PAY FOR the repair! I was pissed and ended up not buying the guitar. I don’t care if it was clearance or not – they didn’t even know the wiring was bad until I brought it up to them! How can you sell something as brand new that’s broken, and not be willing to send it back to the factory?

See a pattern here? Every Epihpone I pick up in any store, any make or model has a problem or a blemish. The quality is so low, I would never again take one (without gutting it) as a stage guitar. If they can’t even make sure the hardware is tight and the electrical connections are good, and spend an extra $2.50 on a quality switch and input jack – I am not interested in buying an Epiphone guitar EVER AGAIN!! The ONLY way I would consider it would be if it were on extreme clearance (less than $300), and I was going to have it rewired with new knobs, switch, and input jack! If you are considering an Epiphone guitar – BUYER BEWARE!! Look for the things I have pointed out. You will get much more for your money if you take a look at other mid-range priced guitars from Fender, Ibanez, Jackson, Paul Reed Smith (the LTD line), ESP, Dean, or others. I will be reviewing many of these guitars in the future to give you as much information as possible!

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