EPIPHONE SORRENTO

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2013

The 1962 50th Anniversary Epiphone Sorrento was a limited edition thinline archtop reissued in 2013 (1,962 were made). It was based on the original Sorrento first produced at the Gibson & Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1962, the same factory that produced the Gibson Les Paul Standard, Gibson SG, and the 335.

The 50th Anniversary "1962" Sorrento (model E452TDN) had a laminated maple top and body, a mahogany neck with a 1960s SlipTaper profile, a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, 20 medium jumbo frets, historically accurate binding and tortoise style pickguard, and Gibson USA mini-humbuckers. The Sorrento had a completely hollow archtop body.

The Tune-o-matic floating bridge had a rosewood bridge base with a reissue of the original classic Trapeze tailpiece. The Sorrento's electronics included CTS potentiometers, a ¼" non-rotating output jack, and gold TopHat controls to go along with Wilkinson Vintage Style machine heads with small buttons and a 14:1 tuning ratio. The dovewing headstock had a classic Epiphone metal logo badge with historically accurate blue rectangular Epiphone label. The "1962" Sorrento came with a period-correct hard case and a 1962 Collection Certificate of Authenticity. Finish options were Natural and Royal Olive.

Specifications (25)

Body

Body back materiallaminated maple body back
Body shape featuressingle cutaway
Body stylearchtop
Body top materiallaminated maple body top
Hollow bodyhollow body
Pickguard materialtortoiseshell pickguard
Pickguard shaperaised pickguard

Hardware

Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colornickel hardware
Tailpiecetrapeze tailpiece
TunersWilkinson tuners

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

General

Finish colorsgreen finish, natural finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length

Neck

Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmahogany neck
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Controls

Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelGibson mini humbucker(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups

Prices (2)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
2013$500goodRudi
2017$584.00newThis one hung on the wall of my local music store since 2013. Had played on and liked it and bought a used one first at Guitar Center. It had some issues so I took it back. Finally, remembered this one from years ago and it was still there. Brand new in perfect appearance and playing shape. The store tech just adjusted the neck a little checked intonation, and it's a great guitar. Not for everybody but I love the Gibson mini humbuckers on this fully hollow body guitar. Sounds a lot like 50's rockabilly, Chuck Berry, etc. Nice.

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