3) "2 new and greater Epiphone guitars", advert "Metronome", Dec 1935 (Fisch 1996, p85).4) These changes can be found in an updated version of the 1934 catalog (corrected by text stickers) which also was stamped with the new NYC address (see catalogs).However, the company's weakness in the aftermath of World War II allowed Gibson's parent, CMI, to absorb it.Epiphone began in 1873, in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey), where Greek founder Anastasios Stathopoulos made his own fiddles and lutes (oud, laouto).This is my first electric guitar, saved up for it for a long time.
In 1957 Epiphone, Inc., of New York City was purchased by CMI (Chicago Musical Instrument Co.; this is the same company that bought Gibson in 1944) and given the name Epiphone, Inc. CMI took great measures to keep Gibson and Epiphone separate in different buildings each with its own management team.
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2) This flyer was dated to 1931 by some researchers (Fisch, Gruhn, Carter). Furthermore, guitarist Carl Kress who was prominently featured in the 1932 catalog is no longer mentioned (obviously because Kress had become an endorser of Gibson by 1933).
There are two slightly different versions of this flyer, the later one stating changes to the models Blackstone (increased price , "brown mahogany") and Olympic (increased price ).