Epiphone is one of Americas oldest and most revered instrument makers. Since 1873, Epiphone has made instruments for every style of popular music.
Epiphone began in 1873, in Smyrna, where Greek founder Anastasios Stathopoulos made his own fiddles and lutes. Stathopoulo moved to the United States in 1903 and continued to make his original instruments, as well as mandolins, from a factory at 35-37 36th Street in Long Island City, Queens, New York.
Anastasios died in 1915, and his son, Epaminondas ("Epi"), took over. After two years, the company became known as The House of Stathopoulo. Just after the end of World War I, the company started to make banjos. It produced its first guitars in 1928. After Epi died in 1943, control of the company went to his brothers, Orphie and Frixo.
In 1957 the company was acquired by Gibson.
The name Epiphone evokes both history and the spirit of invention. The “House of Stathopoulo” has played a central role in every great musical era from the mandolin craze of the early 1900s to jazz age guitars of the 1920s; from swing era archtops through post-war pop, jazz, r&b, and early rock ''n''roll; and from the "British Invasion" to heavy metal, punk, grunge, and thrash.
And now, in the 21st century, Epiphone will continue to set the standard for affordable quality and innovation. Epiphone thrives on risk while always delivering a great instrument.