Epiphone Crestwood Custom Solid Body Electric Guitar (1961)

Epiphone  Crestwood Custom Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1961)

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Epiphone Crestwood Custom Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1961), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 28164, cherry lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This is a cool and very early example of the second variant of Gibson's Epiphone brand "SG Standard" equivalent, the Crestwood Custom. From 1960 up through late 1963 these Epi solidbodies were built to this pattern with symmetrical double cutaway bodies and a Gibson-style 3-on-3 headstock. For the 1964 model year the entire line was re-modeled into a more Fender-esque design with a single-sided headstock. The re-styled line was somewhat more successful but all these the Epiphone solidbodies are fairly rare as they never gained the prestige or professional acceptance of their Gibson equivalents, despite being made alongside them in the same factory!

This Crestwood Custom dates to mid-1961, and carries the same cherry finish as the much more common SG. All hardware is nickel plated and includes two PAF mini-humbucking pickups, early no-wire ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and the long Epiphone Trem-O-Tone vibrato with a rosewood block insert. The pickguard is an unusual "half-clear' design with a shaded center, sporting an Epiphone "E" logo. The unbound rosewood fingerboard has oval pearloid inlays. The neck is a fairly flat profile typical of 1961 but a bit chunkier than some. At the time, this was the top of the Epiphone solidbody line-the fancier three-pickup Crestwood Deluxe had not yet been introduced. This is a very light, handy and very hot-sounding guitar with a particularly snarly tone when cranked up.
Overall length is 37 3/4 in. (95.9 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). There is some light/moderate finish wear overall but the cherry finish still has good color with minor fade and a nice dark patina. The tuners have been restored to the original style period Klusons, the switch tip is a re-issue and the vibrato arm is missing-all else is original including all pickups and wiring, with pots dated to the 20th week of 1961. an excellent player, appears to have had an expert corrct pro refret and really sings. Overall Excellent - Condition.