What we Think...
This great archtop model off course is a through back to the 60s and what a great guitar it is. With its totally hollow body and thinline construction, its not only a great guitar to hold but play as well. Its fitted with a single P90 pick up ,which really does give some unconventional hollow body sounds ! but great. The body is laminated maple which does give the guitar a very bright sound and louder than you would expect from this size of guitar. The neck is mahogany and with the rounded “c” shape ,it really is great to play . For me this guitar ticks a lot of boxes in looks , feel and playability, a great addition to any guitarists collection.
Reviewed by A.Lord...Rimmers Music Southport.
Single Coil Pickup
Historic mid 60's archtop featuring the new P-90 PRO™ single coil pickup! 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. 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.
The new Epiphone Inspired by "1966" Century hollowbody thinline archtop revives the mid 60's design prized by collectors for their comfortable, lightweight body with neck joint at the 14th fret and warm, woody tone. The Laminated Maple body features a Maple top and both the top and back have Ivory colored single layer binding. The Mahogany neck has a Rounded "C" shape and a 24.75" scale with a simple but elegant Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid "Dot" inlays, 20 medium frets, and an original nylon nut. And a 1960s era Replica Blue Soundhole Label can even be seen through the upper f-hole! The white and black layered pickguard has a classic 60s era "E".
The Epiphone Inspired by "1966" Century is powered by the new single coil P-90 PRO™ pickup, recognized around the world as the most versatile and expressive single coil pickup available. Just like originals P-90s, the Epiphone P-90 PRO™ is an extremely sensitive pickup that easily bends to a player's unique touch. With its distinctive growl and wide tonal range, it's great for rock and roll, pop, jazz, country, or anything you want to throw at it. The P-90 PRO™ features 18% Nickel Silver covers designed and tooled from the ground up with new bobbins manufactured to historic dimensions, Elektrisola magnet wire, sand cast Alnico V magnets, and pole shoes manufactured using correct alloy. And for you sticklers to detail, Epiphone P-90 PROs™ also have tin plated brass base plates like those used on 50s and 60s era Gibson P-90 pickups. Controls are simple Master and Tone knobs.
The Epiphone Inspired by "1966" Century includes legendary Wilkinson® Vintage 3-in-a-row machine heads with plastic Ivory buttons with a 14:1 tuning ratio that are mounted on a Historic Sloped Dovewing headstock with a gold "Epiphone" logo. The dual action truss rod has 60s era black "Bullet" cover with a Vintage "E" in white. The floating adjustable Rosewood bridge is supported by a traditional "Trapeze" style tailpiece. The "1966" Century comes strung at the factory with D'Addario strings.
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