First introduced in 1958, the Epiphone Crestwood Custom was the companies top of the line solid body electric guitar models, and one of the first instruments introduced to the range after the companies acquisition Gibson. This 1961 Epiphone Crestwood Custom is a fantastic example of the model, with a unique tone and style that really sets these guitars apart.
Featuring a Mahogany body and set neck construction, this Crestwood Custom is lightweight and extremely comfortable to play. The double cutaway body features the more rounded design introduced in 1961, along with a neck that features a slim, comfortable profile that is typical of Gibson made guitars at this time. The body is fitted with a set of PAF mini humbuckers, which are without question some of the most distinctive pickups we have heard. Crystal clear definition with plenty of dynamic range, these really sing through a saturated tube amp. This guitar features the 3 a side, shorter headstock design used by Epiphone at this time, along with a set of single line, double ring Kluson tuners, pearl headstock logo, and pearl oval block fret inalys.
This guitar is in very good condition, with the original cherry finish showing some minor play wear and patina, but retaining a nice deep red and being largely free of any overt ageing. It is internally and externally original with the exception of a replacement pickguard, with the original finish, electronics, PAF mini humbuckers all present and correct. The pots are original and date to the 3rd week of 1961. The original ebony block vibrato tailpiece is present, though the tremolo arm has sheered off at some point, and as such the guitar is strung as a hardtail. This guitar also includes a non original period hard case.
This guitar has been given a full service & appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.