The Century is one of Epiphone's oldest models in their catalogue. It may not have been available for a few years but thanks to a few great artists using these unique archtop guitars they have been resurrected! Fitted with a single vintage voiced P90 pickup and a classic build this guitar has some unique sounds that really push against what we think about hollow guitars.
The History This small, all hollow guitar design has been around since the mid 50's when Gibson merged with Epiphone and started modifying some of the models to work better in the world of amplified guitar. With loads of different versions available throughout the years it was this simple one pickup version that has captured the world recently. Classic Hollow Build Like the classic ES bodies from Gibson and other hollow guitars from the 60's this guitar has a laminated Maple body, making it strong with a bright sound that is surprisingly loud given the size of the body. The neck is carved out of Mahogany to a rounded C shape that is a really comfortable size that is neither to thick nor too thin making both chords and lead lines a breeze. Here's what Epiphone say about the Inspired By 1966 Century Epiphone presents the new Inspired by "1966" Century electric guitar, a faithful reissue of the classic thinline all-hollowbody archtop featuring the new Epiphone P-90 PRO single-coil pickup. The "1966" Century is available in both a Cherry and Vintage Sunburst Aged Gloss Finish. Historic Epiphone Century Story In Epiphone history, the "Century" name goes all the way back to the 1930s big band era, when the "House of Stathopoulo" was making some of the best archtops ever made. And when Epiphone merged with Gibson and moved its productions to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1957, the Century was reborn as a popular thinline archtop, similar to a Casino or a "335" but with a slightly smaller body and a single P-90 pickup. Specifications Finish: Aged Gloss Hardware: Aged Nickel Top: Laminated Maple Body: Laminated Maple Neck: Mahogany Neck Profile: Rounded "C" shape Pickup: Epiphone P-90 PRO Control: Master Volume & Master Tone Output Jack: 1/4" Truss Rod: Dual-Action Truss Rod Cover: Black PVC "Bullet"; 2-layer; Vintage "E" in White Neck Joint: Glued-In Fingerboard: Rosewood Fingerboard Inly: Pearloid "Dots" Headstock: Historic Sloped Dovewing with gold "Epiphone" logo Machine Heads: Wilkinson Vintage 3-in-a-row with plastic Ivory buttons; 14: 1 ratio Frets: 20; Medium Nut: Nylon Nut Width: 1.65" (42mm) Scale Length: 25.5" Strings: D'Addario; 10-46 Bridge: Floating Adjustable; Rosewood Tailpiece: Historic Epiphone Trapeze Binding: Body Top - 1-Layer Body Back - 1-Layer Fingerboard - None Headstock - None "F" holes - None Pickguard: White PVC with foil "E"; 3-layer (White/Black/White) Color Finish: Cherry,Vintage Sunburst Optional: 1960s Century Hard Case Label: 1960s Era Replica Blue Soundhole Label Warranty: Certificate of Authenticity