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Old 01-12-2021, 01:14 PM
Baldrick Baldrick is offline
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Default vintage epiphone classical guitars

I have two Epiphone classical guitars from the 60s, an EC-100 ("Madrid") and an EC-300 ("Barcelona"). The labels in both guitars say "Kalamazoo Michigan" and "Union made".

The 1965 EC-100 is a typical gibson/epiphone product of the time: dovetail neck joint, zeroth fret fretboard, decal rosette, solid spruce top, mahogany back (one piece, appears solid) and sides, 35mm tuner roller spacing, typical gibson/epiphone peghead.

The 1967-68 EC-300 has a spanish heel neckjoint, inlaid rosette, solid spruce top, maple back (two piece) and sides, 39 mm tuner roller spacing, a peghead that is not gibson/epiphone shaped - in other words, typical spanish construction at the time. The only indication that it's an epiphone (other than the label) is the zeroth fret.

Were the top of the line epiphone classical guitars made in Spain? Or did gibson/epiphone bring spanish luthiers to Kalamazoo to build the high end classical guitars? Anyone out there know anything about this?

Thanks, in advance
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