Epiphone is an American musical instrument manufacturer founded by Anastasios Stathopoulos, currently based in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1957 Epiphone, Inc., of New York City was purchased by CMI (Chicago Musical Instrument Co.; this is the same company that bought Gibson in 1944) and given the name Epiphone, Inc. CMI took great measures to keep Gibson and Epiphone separate in different buildings each with its own management team.
After two years, the company became known as The House of Stathopoulo.
Just after the end of World War I, the company started to make banjos.
Stathopoulo moved to the United States in 1903 and continued to make his original instruments, as well as mandolins, from Long Island City in Queens, New York.
Anastasios died in 1915, and his son, Epaminondas ("Epi"), took over.
3) "2 new and greater Epiphone guitars", advert "Metronome", Dec 1935 (Fisch 1996, p85).
4) These changes can be found in an updated version of the 1934 catalog (corrected by text stickers) which also was stamped with the new NYC address (see catalogs); "New oversize Zenith", advert "Metronome", June 1935 (Fisch 1996, p100).
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