Nashville, Tenn., January 19, 2016 – Epiphone is celebrating the new year with a triumphant return to the annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, Calif. on Thursday, January 21 through Sunday, January 24. The NAMM show has been an annual tradition for Epiphone since 1919, and over the decades the brand has never failed to make a big impression. Whether it was introducing electric instruments in 1939, ES-style models like the Casino in the early ‘60s, or last year’s unveiling of the Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer “White Lightning” Les Paul Outfit, Epiphone always brings something new and exciting to the NAMM show.
The NAMM show is an opportunity to give dealers and retailers a sneak peek at new instruments, signature artist models and innovations like the PRO-1 Collection and the FT-350SCE – the world’s first self-tuning acoustic guitar. The annual floorshow is also a music fan favorite as evidenced by last year’s NAMM event, which featured a performance by Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi and his Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Tony Iommi SG Custom.
Epiphone’s 2016 NAMM conference highlights include:
The Critics Speak! “Epiphone nails it!”
The 2016 NAMM show will give dealers a chance to take a closer look at Epiphone’s latest, award-winning and critically-acclaimed models like the Ltd. Ed. Gary Clark Jr. “Blak & Blu” Casino, which was recently presented with a Platinum Award by Guitar World and praised as “by far the best Casino I’ve ever played.”
Also in attendance will be Epiphone’s Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa Les Paul with Bigsby® which Guitar Player cited as “flawless” in its February 2016 Editor’s Pick Award, as well as the Ltd. Ed. Lee Malia Les Paul Custom, which received Guitar & Bass’s 2015 Gear of the Year Award. Epiphone will also proudly display the Sheraton II Pro, recognized for its tone, style and build quality in the February 2016 issue of Vintage Guitar.
New Acoustics for Spring 2016
Introducing the Ltd. Ed. EL-00 PRO Mahogany and Ltd. Ed. EJ-160E
NAMM 2016 will also see the premiere of the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. EL-00 PRO Mahogany and Ltd. Ed. EJ-160E. The
EL-00 PRO Mahogany is the ultimate Epiphone blues box, perfect for fingerpicking and slide, featuring a solid Mahogany top and true acoustic amplification with the Fishman™ Sonitone™ soundhole preamp and Fishman™ Sonicore™ system. The Ltd. Ed. EJ-160E brings back one of the legendary guitars of rock n’ roll with a classic mid-50s design, Solid Spruce top and an Epiphone Stacked P-100TM pickup.
Epiphone Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME
Acoustic and electric, the legendary J-45 round shoulder dreadnought has been making music history since the early 1930s.
Dobro® Hound Dog M-14 Metalbody Resonator
The Dobro® Hound Dog M-14 Metalbody Resonator has been inspiring musicians for decades and features a Bell Brass body with Nickel Plating.
Epiphone PRO-1™ Performance Packs with Rocksmith®
The fastest way to learn guitar!
Epiphone introduces the new PRO-1™ Performance Packs featuring the PRO-1 Les Paul Jr. and the PRO-1 Explorer. Epiphone Packs are renowned for giving players an incredible value with an all-in-one package. Each PRO-1 Performance Pack includes Rocksmith, the critically acclaimed video experience that has taught millions around the world how to play guitar since 2011. The included Real Tone cable (a $79 value) allows players to plug-in to the revolutionary video experience through either a MAC or PC making it the fastest and easiest way to learn!
Electar Inspired by “1939” Century Lap Steel Outfit
Epiphone’s Electar Inspired by “1939” Century Lap Steel Outfit is a one-of-a-kind reissue of the Art Deco styled Hawaiian lap steel guitar. The outfit features a Mahogany body and neck with an Ebony finish, Epiphone blade pickups and a traditional “1939” Art Deco Replica inlay design with 28 frets that are properly set for great intonation at any position.
Exclusive Artist Models
Epiphone’s new artist signature models include the Jeff Waters Annihilation II Flying V Outfit and the Ltd. Ed. Bjorn Gelotte Les Paul Custom. Jeff and Bjorn each designed their signature instruments alongside Epiphone’s award-winning luthiers in Nashville, Tenn. to create custom, one-of-a-kind artist models that make players of any level feel like a pro.
Visit Epiphone.com to learn more about Epiphone’s Spring 2016 lineup and regular NAMM 2016 updates.
Highlights for NAMM 2016
Epiphone Ltd. Ed. EL-00 PRO Mahogany and Ltd. Ed. EJ-160E:
Epiphone Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME:
Dobro® Hound Dog M-14 Metalbody Resonator:
PRO-1™ Performance Packs:
Electar Inspired by “1939” Century Lap Steel Outfit:
Jeff Waters Annihilation II Flying V Outfit:
Ltd. Ed. “2015” Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Standard w/Bigsby®:
For over 140 years, Epiphone has led the world in innovative musical instrument designs. Epiphone is home to the PRO-1 Collection, designed by Pros to be easy to play and is also the official instrument maker for Rocksmith®, the fastest way to learn guitar. Since Epiphone’s humble beginnings in Greece in 1873 through its rise to fame in New York, and its reemergence as a dominant force in musical instruments from its new headquarters in Nashville, Epiphones have been making history around the world. Instruments made by the “House of Stathopoulo” are heard on over a century of classic recordings by Les Paul, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, John Lee Hooker, Oasis, and today’s top artists like Gary Clark Jr., Jack Casady, Joe Bonamassa, Dwight Yoakam, Tommy Thayer of KISS, Slash, Robb Flynn, Matt Heafy, Alabama Shakes, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, and Brendon Small. As part of Gibson Brands, Epiphone offers innovation, history, and a lifetime guarantee.