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Epiphone's opening chapter begins some 130 years ago, in the workshop of Anastasios Stathopoulo.

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Epiphone A - Alan Hopkins!

 

Epiphone B - Alan Hopkins!

Epiphone B - Mark Conyard!


Epiphone B - Mark Conyard!

Epiphone B - Mark Conyard!



Discussion Forum

Epiphone Banjos for Sale!

Started by Dick Glasgow. Last reply by james Sep 6. 2 Replies

If you have any spare cash lying around, you might be interested in these Banjos!1. Epiphone Recording A…Continue

Epiphone A setup

Started by Timothy Ross. Last reply by Bruce Barton Oct 23, 2012. 4 Replies

So I received my Recording A last week.  It had an old Remo standard head on it and was strung for CGDA.  I changed the strings and luckly they all worked with GDAE, no issues with the nut etc.  I…Continue

The real difference between an A and a B.

Started by Timothy Ross. Last reply by Timothy Ross Feb 29, 2012. 2 Replies

Sorry if I e-mailed this out earlier instead of posted to the group, mea culpa. For those who have experience with the A & B Recording, can you tell me if there is really that much difference? …Continue

Epiphone C and D etc.

Started by Alan Hopkins. Last reply by John Liestman Jan 15, 2012. 27 Replies

Hi, I know that the Epi B and Epi A have a huge reputation for Irish music but what do you all feel about the C and D? Sound wise are they similar to the B and A? Is it just the decoration that is…Continue

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Comment by Bruce Barton on October 22, 2012 at 9:03pm

Ebay alert -- there are two Recording A's listed right now.

Comment by kevin sexton on October 22, 2012 at 8:38pm

i own this epiphone mayfair tenor can anyone tell me anything about it

Comment by Bruce Barton on April 15, 2012 at 5:16pm

Has anyone changed a head on a Epi Rec (without professional help!)? I started to, but then noticed the flange that fits into a slot at the end of the neck, presumably to anchor the rim it in place. Is there a secret for removing the rim without loosening up the neck, or can it be done? Last thing I want to do is force it.

Comment by Timothy Ross on March 23, 2012 at 1:26pm

Anyone looking for an A?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/One-Owner-1928-Epiphone-tenor-RECORDING-A-B...

Not my auction, just sharing.

Comment by Bruce Barton on March 14, 2012 at 8:52pm

Yes, the peghead shapes are quite similar -- I never noticed before because the inlays are different. They are the same width at the "waist" (5 cm), but the Epi Rec peghead is just a wee bit (~1 cm) longer, and also has a couple of more decorative notches in it.

Comment by Kevin Scott on March 14, 2012 at 4:20pm

Hello,

I think Clareen and Dave Boyle banjos (except for flange design) are pretty much solid arch top Mastertone copies. Tom based the peghead shape of his banjos on the Epiphone, but that's where the similarity ends.

Comment by Bruce Barton on March 14, 2012 at 4:06pm

I have an Epi Rec A and a Clareen Oyster (weak BAS moment!) at home right now, so decided to have a look at them side-by-side with resonators off.  They are indeed quite different.  The Clareen tone ring appears to be a spun bell brass, 3-sided square channel that sits directly on the pot - open at top - with the inner side slightly higher to give it the crown, and it seems to be heavier than the Epi tone ring.  The Epi of course has the "floating" ring.  The flange on the Clareen is a series of individual flanges, one for each hook, bolted directly into (through) the pot around the outside, whereas the Epi flange is solid and is quite a bit thicker/heavier (I should get some side-by-side pics of these!).  Cosmetically, there are some similarities -- necks are similar, same type of heel and with volute under the headstock at the end of the neck.

I played mine side by side and they do sound quite different (same strings, same Renaissance type of head, but Clareen is 17-fret; also, Epi is walnut whereas Clareen is maple). The Clareen is noticeably louder, but the Epi Rec A has a nice, "warm" sound, which I personally prefer.  That said, they're both well-made great banjos!

Comment by John Liestman on March 14, 2012 at 3:02pm

It is my understanding that at least the Clareen was inspired by the sound of the Epiphones but chose a different method of construction to go for that general sound, not trying to copy the Epiphones directly.

Comment by Timothy Ross on March 14, 2012 at 2:10pm

I've read that Dave Boyle and Clareen banjos are both based on the old Epiphone design.  I don't have access to either brand but I did see a picture of the Dave Boyle tonering from his site.  From that picture it looks more like a Gibson archtop than the 'floating' tonering on an Epiphone or Paramount.  Was the designed based on an older configuraton?  If so do people prefer that configuration to the later Recording configuration? 

Comment by Dan on February 23, 2012 at 1:41pm

Thanks very much or the serial number information Tim!  This suggests mine is from 1926, which seems about right.  I hope the 10 5/16" head works for you.I know the specs could change from year to year, so hopefully yours is the same size.  I've also bought my odd sized heads from Elderly.  As was mentioned, they carry Remo heads in many different sizes.  But if they don't have what you are looking for they can order it, although it might take a long time.  I've been waiting for about 3-4 months so far for a few I ordered last fall.

 

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Discussion Forum

Epiphone Banjos for Sale!

Started by Dick Glasgow. Last reply by james Sep 6. 2 Replies

Epiphone A setup

Started by Timothy Ross. Last reply by Bruce Barton Oct 23, 2012. 4 Replies

The real difference between an A and a B.

Started by Timothy Ross. Last reply by Timothy Ross Feb 29, 2012. 2 Replies

Epiphone C and D etc.

Started by Alan Hopkins. Last reply by John Liestman Jan 15, 2012. 27 Replies

EPIPHONE RECORDING A FOR SALE

Started by Alan Hopkins Feb 10, 2011. 0 Replies

EPIPHONE BANDMASTER for sale

Started by John Boyd. Last reply by Diarmaid O'Kane Feb 2, 2011. 8 Replies

Epiphone Mayfair

Started by Kevin Scott Aug 28, 2010. 0 Replies

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