Epiphone was a family business established in
1873 as "the House of Stathopoulo" by
Anastasios Stathopoulo, a greek violin maker.
By 1923 they were producing high quality
banjos. In 1928 the name was changed to
"Epiphone" after Epi Stathopoulo, president of
the company and one of the founder's sons. In
the 1930's, the company changed its emphasis
to guitars. The Chicago Musical Instrument
company (CMI), which owned Gibson, bought
Epiphone in 1957. During the highly productive
years (1930s – mid 1950s) Epiphone guitars
were the choice of many individual players:
guitarists who judged the instrument on their
own merit, well known musicians such as Bucky
Pizzarelli, George Van Eps, Tony Mottola, Oscar
Moore and Joe Pass amongst others. Epiphone
deservedly secured for itself an internationally
respected place in guitar history.
Serial Numbers, 1951 to 1953,
acoustic and electric guitars.
Year Number Range
1951 60000 to 63999
1952 64000 to 64999
1953 64000 to 66999
This model has Serial No. 60923.
instruments 2 Derek Bailey's Epiphone Emperor Regent