The Olympic model has, at various times, been the student model in the Epiphone range. Initially introduced as a rather plain looking arch top in the 1930s, the 50's & '60s saw a reintroduction and drastic redesign after the companies acquisition Gibson, with the model taking on a slightly tweaked appearance inline with the Gibson Melody Maker, before further changes saw it adopt the Wilshire or Coronet style body shape more associated with Epiphone solid body guitars. This 1964 Epiphone Olympic is a wonderful example of this model, and a great player grade vintage guitar.
Featuring a Mahogany body and set neck construction, this 1964 Olympic is lightweight and extremely comfortable to play. The body is fitted with a single coil pickup identical to the one featured in the Melody Maker Gibson guitars, with plenty of chime and crystal clear top end. The neck is comfortable and rounds out nicely as you move towards the higher frets, also featuring the distinctive 'batwing' headstock design found on these models from late 1964 onwards.
This guitar is in very good condition, with minor signs of play wear. The finish has notably faded more on the front than the back, as is common with cherry stained guitars of this period. At some point, the original Maestro vibrato unit has been replaced with a Teisco style vibrato, with two extra screws visible on the rear of the body.
This guitar has been given a full service & appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.