Epiphone’s Inspired By Gibson series has expanded to the realm of acoustics with the launch of the Hummingbird, J-45 and J-200. Like the Les Paul and SG models that launched the series, these aim to stay as true to their original forebears as possible.
The guitars came as part of several new launches from Epiphone. Other new models include reissues of the Crestwood, Wilshire and Coronet, as well as Inspired By Gibson versions of the Gibson ES-335 and ES-339.
Epiphone Inspired By Gibson Hummingbird
Epiphone’s take on one of Gibson’s most recognisable acoustics adheres closely to the original in both looks and construction.
It has a solid Sitka spruce top and a mahogany body, while an Indian laurel fingerboard – sat atop a mahogany neck – fits 20 medium jumbo frets and mother of pearl split parallelogram inlays. As for electronics, there’s a Fishman Sonicore under-saddle pickup and a Sonitone Preamp.
Characterful details such as the ornate Hummingbird pickguard also make it onto the instrument. Completing the guitar’s classic look is a Kalamazoo-style headstock, top and back multi-ply binding, and gold Epiphone Deluxe tuners.
The guitar comes as a six- or 12-string in one of two classic Hummingbird finishes: Aged Cherry Sunburst or Aged Antique Natural.
Epiphone Inspired By Gibson J-45
Epiphone’s latest take on Gibson’s best-selling acoustic guitar comes in non-cutaway and single-cutaway editions. Both feature slope-shouldered dreadnought bodies with Sitka spruce tops and solid mahogany backs and sides.
These guitars also have mahogany necks and Indian laurel fingerboards that fit 20 medium jumbo frets, plus a bone nut. In the electronics department, there’s a Fishman Sonicore under-saddle pickup and a Sonitone preamp on board. They come in an Aged Vintage Sunburst gloss finish.
Epiphone Inspired By Gibson J-200
Epiphone’s take on this cowboy classic starts with a Super Jumbo solid maple body, solid Sitka spruce top and two-piece maple neck with a mahogany centre strip. Rounding off the guitar’s look is a Moustache bridge with curved block inlays, Graduated Crown mother of pearl fretboard inlays and a J-200 style pickguard with two-colour graphics.
This one is a purely acoustic model that comes finished in either Aged Antique Natural Gloss or Aged Vintage Sunburst Gloss.
Pricing and availability
The six- and 12-string Hummingbird are retail for $799 and $849, respectively. The J-45 and J-45 Extended Cutaway go for $699 and $749. The J-200 is priced at $899.
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