EPIPHONE CENTURY SERIES

EPIPHONE CENTURY (1939-1957)

Epiphone introduced the Century electric guitar in 1939 as part of the Century series of instruments (which included a banjo, mandolin, lap steel and an amplifier). It was a hollow bodied, single pickup archtop that was eventually replaced by the Epiphone Century E422T in 1958 when Gibson took over Epiphone. The body width of the Century gradually increased following its introduction: from 14.75" wide in 1939, to 15.25" in 1941 and 16.375" in 1946. The Century guitar was also available in Tenor (4-string short-scale) and Plectrum (4-string long-scale) configurations.

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EPIPHONE CENTURY (E422T)

The Epiphone Century E422T model was introduced in 1958 following Gibson's purchase of the Epiphone company (although the Century model had been around since 1939). It was a thinline hollow bodied electric. As with other Epiphone electrics, the peghead style changed over the course of the 1960s: in 1961 the plate was removed from the headstock. The pickup was also changed in 1961 from the NY humbucker pickup to a P-90 and the pickguard color changed from tortoiseshell to white. A three-quarter sized Century was also available from 1961 to 1967.

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish effectsMade inNumber of stringsScale lengthFinish colorsBinding
EPIPHONE CENTURY (1939-1957)
1939 to 1957

sunburst finishUSA6 strings25.5 inches scale-length--
EPIPHONE CENTURY (E422T)
1958 to 1969

sunburst finishUSA6 strings25.5 inches scale-lengthamber finish, red finishwhite binding
ModelControls materialControls shapeTone controlsVolume controls
EPIPHONE CENTURY (1939-1957)
1939 to 1957

clear plastic controlssquare control1 tone control1 volume control
EPIPHONE CENTURY (E422T)
1958 to 1969

--1 tone control1 volume control
ModelPickups brand and modelPickups configuration
EPIPHONE CENTURY (1939-1957)
1939 to 1957

DeArmond pickup(s), Epiphone New York pickup(s), Epiphone Tone Spectrum pickup(s)1 pickup
EPIPHONE CENTURY (E422T)
1958 to 1969

Epiphone New York pickup(s), Gibson P-90 pickup(s)1 pickup
ModelBody fretNumber of fretsTuner layoutNeck width
EPIPHONE CENTURY (1939-1957)
1939 to 1957

Neck joins body at 14th fret20 fretthree-each-side-
EPIPHONE CENTURY (E422T)
1958 to 1969

--three-each-side1.68 inches wide at nut
ModelBody materialBody widthPickguard materialSoundholeHollow body
EPIPHONE CENTURY (1939-1957)
1939 to 1957

laminated mahogany body14.75 inches body, 15.25 inches body, 16.375 inches bodybakelite pickguard2 f-holes-
EPIPHONE CENTURY (E422T)
1958 to 1969

-16.375 inches bodytortoiseshell pickguard-hollow body
ModelBridgeTailpieceHardware color
EPIPHONE CENTURY (1939-1957)
1939 to 1957

adjustable rosewood bridgetrapeze tailpiece-
EPIPHONE CENTURY (E422T)
1958 to 1969

rosewood bridgetrapeze tailpiecenickel hardware
ModelFingerboard materialFingerboard position markers
EPIPHONE CENTURY (1939-1957)
1939 to 1957

rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
EPIPHONE CENTURY (E422T)
1958 to 1969

-dot fingerboard position markers