1966 Epiphone Olympic
1966 Epiphone Olympic

Guitar Description:

Wow! What a lovely little vintage guitar this is, an all-original mid-’60s single-pickup Epiphone Olympic in unfaded cherry finish. After Gibson acquired their main competitor  in 1957, they manufactured both brands to the same high standards at their factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Some Epi guitars were effectively just rebadged versions of Gibson models while others, like this one, remained true to their roots, making them much rarer and way cooler. Some Epiphone Olympics emulated Gibson Melody Makers – not this baby, which shares its main characteristics with its Epi siblings, like the Coronet, Crestwood and Wilshire. The Olympic is seen (mistakenly in my view) as less desirable and therefore less valuable by collectors. The Epi Olympic represents an overlooked and (relatively) economically viable closet vintage classic from the Gibson stable.


  • Single piece mahogany double cutaway solid body
  • Unfaded cherry nitrocellulose finish
  • Mahogany set neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets and pearloid dot markers
  • Scale length 24¾”
  • Original Kluson tuners
  • Original single-ply white scratchplate
  • Original single-coil pickup
  • Original knobs, strap buttons and jack socket
  • Original ‘staggered’ bar bridge
  • Original Maestro vibrato/tailpiece
  • Newer, non-original hard shell case

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