Epiphone 50th Anniversary Inspired by "1964" Caballero - Mahogany

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar, Limited-edition, with Mahogany Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Shadow Electronics - Mahogany
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The Epiphone Caballero Is Back!

Epiphone's 50th Anniversary Inspired by 1964 Caballero acoustic-electric guitar is more than a re-production of an iconic instrument. They've taken the classic Caballero - smaller body shape, '60s SlimTaper neck and all - and updated it with modern electronics. The Shadow ePerformer amplification system lets you be stage-ready right right out of the box. An all-mahogany design coupled with the Caballero's smaller body makes it an ideal guitar for singers. See why the Caballero is a favorite among performers and collectors, call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer and get an Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1964 Caballero acoustic-electric guitar today!

Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1964 Caballero Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Classic design and select tonewoods offer a great-playing and sounding guitar
  • Stage-ready, with superior onboard electronics
  • Distinctive, classic appointments for vintage vibe
Classic design and select tonewoods offer a great-playing and sounding guitar

Epiphone's 50th Anniversary 1964 Caballero brings this classic '60s acoustic design back for another generation to fall in love with. The small body and SlimTaper neck shape are comfortable to play. Select mahogany top, back, and sides deliver a warm and focused tone that is ideal for recording and solo singers. Add to this a Shadow preamp system and you're ready for what ever gig should arise. Take it from Sweetwater - the Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1964 Caballero has sound and playability you want.

Stage-ready, with superior onboard electronics

Fitted with Shadow's ePerformer Tuner preamp system, the Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1964 Caballero gives you get easy plug 'n' play access to great amplified acoustic guitar tone. The system gives you control over master volume, as well as treble and bass EQ, a phase button, and a built-in chromatic tuner. And powered by two 2032 lithium batteries, the Shadow ePerformer is much lighter weight and easier to maintain than older systems that use 9V batteries.

Distinctive, classic appointments for vintage vibe

The Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1964 Caballero sports the classic look of a '60s guitar. The script logo on the dovewing headstock and large "E" on the pickguard let everyone know that the Caballero means business. It also features a classic dot inlays along its rosewood fingerboard and vintage-styled tuners.

Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1964 Caballero Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • 50th anniversary re-production of the Epiphone Caballero
  • Small body and all-mahogany tonewoods make this a perfect guitar for singers
  • SlimTaper mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard is comfortable and smooth playing
  • Shadow ePerformer preamp system with battery indicator LED for great plugged-in sounds
  • Output jack is incorporated into the endpin
  • Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Gibson's 24/7/365 Customer Service
  • Shadow's 5-year worldwide parts and labor limited warranty (electronics)
Make some music history with the Epiphone 50th Anniversary Inspired by 1964 Caballero Acoustic-electric!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Auditorium 000
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Top Wood Mahogany
Back & Sides Wood Mahogany
Binding Metal "E" Tortoise
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape 1960s SlimTaper
Radius 12"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid dots
Number of Frets 20, Medium
Scale Length 24.75"
Tuning Machines Wilkinson Deluxe style with cream buttons, 14:1 ratio
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Synthetic
Nut Width 1.68"
Body Length 19"
Body Width 14.75" lower bout, 11" upper bout
Body Depth 4.5" lower, 3.5" upper
Overall Length 41"
Electronics Shadow ePerformer Preamp with NanoFlex Pickup and Built-in Tuner
Strings 12-53
Manufacturer Part Number EECBMANH3

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A Very Nice Little Guitar

If you buy this guitar thinking you're getting something that will project like a solid-wood instrument, you'll be sorely disappointed. These are all-laminated guitars, but they are very, very nice for what they are, and great value for the money. I ordered one for the Music Studio Production course I teach in the local votech, because I wanted an acoustic for smaller hands that would work well with singers (I have mostly girls in this class -- all singers, and all with small hands), and so I found this. I also wanted an acoustic/electric so that I could use a single guitar as an example both for how to mic up an acoustic for recording and run an electrified acoustic through a PA for a live show. This guitar fit the bill nicely, but I was a little apprehensive until it arrived. Having never owned or played an Epi acoustic before, I just didn't know what to expect, but since this fit the budget for my class, I took the plunge. I needn't have been worried at all. This thing plays really well. It has a VERY slim neck with a sort of V shaped profile that fits very nicely in the hand, especially if you have short fingers (I do). The neck is very easy to get around on, and I will admit that I haven't had this much fun playing a guitar in a long time. It's as light as a feather. It isn't loud, but the sound is nicely balanced and sweet. It's great played with the fingers, perhaps even better than when played with a pick. Overall, very impressive at this price point.The guitar looks great. Aesthetically, it's a winner. The laminated mahogany/sapele top and back are lovely, and the glossy finish is well-done. I generally prefer thinner finishes, but this one is nice. The clean lines, the color combinations (tortoise PG with "E" logo against the mahogany top is very nice), and the whole '60s vibe make this guitar a very pleasant thing to look at.Set-up, fit, and finish were great right out of the box. The strings it ships with aren't the best (they never are), but once you stretch them out and play them in to get rid of the clangy, over-treblified tone they start out with, they're OK. Replaced them with a set of Martin SP Light/Mediums and this guitar came alive. It's never going to be a Martin--hell, it's never going to be an original Epi Caballero (they were solid top and back with laminated sides, if I recall correctly)--but for the price you CAN'T GO WRONG. It's a lot of fun to play. The electronics are surprisingly good for an undersaddle pickup--I was very pleasantly surprised when I plugged it in, especially when playing with my fingers. I was able to get a more-than-satisfactory sound running it through a small PA (Mackie Thump 12"s and a Mackie mixer). No, it doesn't sound as good as my Martin (which has a Fishman Ellipse Blend system) when plugged in, but I wouldn't expect it to, and for the most part, the difference in pickup systems would be negligible for the average audience member. This guitar also costs about 1/6 of what I paid for the Martin, so that fact must be factored into the equation.The neck may be too narrow for some folks to play fingerstyle, so that's a consideration. That's about the only caveat I can come up with. The tuners, perhaps, also, might become a concern. They work well enough, but seem a bit, I don't know, flimsy for the long haul. However, on a guitar at this low price point and relatively high level of build quality, it's more than worth it to replace them down the road if and when that became necessary. Of course, the sound of this little guitar won't open up as it ages, the way a solid-wood instrument would, but you're not going to find a solid-wood instrument for this price. If you want a small-bodied acoustic to bang around with that you won't worry have to worry about, this is your axe. If you have small hands and want an affordable acoustic/electric that you won't be embarrassed to be seen playing live, this is your axe. If you're a beginner, especially one with small hands) who wants a solid and dependable little guitar to learn on, this is your axe. If you just want a "couch guitar" that is small and light enough to play almost "unconsciously" while you watch TV, this is your axe. I never imagined an Indonesian-built acoustic guitar could sound as good and play as well as this one.
Music background: Been playing solo and in bands for 35 years.

Beautiful Guitar

I purchased this Caballero and the Takamine GY93 within weeks of one another. (See my review on the Takamine.) I own several guitars, and I was looking for something smallish that was easier on my body than my dreadnought. This is my second Epiphone purchase. My brother had purchased this guitar and loved it, so he recommended it to me as well. What I like about this guitar: It has a comfortable neck, is easy to fret, and has the rounded edges that make sliding your hand up and down the neck quite comfortable. The guitar itself is beautiful, with the exception of the Epiphone E on the scratch plate. It has a nice sound to it. It doesn't project as well as some guitars. I wouldn't call it loud. It's more warm and mellow but nicely balanced. This guitar is not as comfortable to play as the Takamine GY93 I purchased, but it is much more comfortable than many others guitars I have played and/or own. (Epiphone, Yamaha, and Takamine are all known for their comfort and playability.) When I purchase a new guitar, I generally spend days, sometimes weeks researching and looking at reviews. I noted that some people had mentioned that they heard issues with the guitar when playing and that it did not sound right, or they purchased and returned this guitar due to some specific string issues. When this guitar arrived, it was packaged well. The strings were so loose that they might as well not have been on the guitar at all. And I did have some Low E issues. The nut was not properly slotted on that string. A minor adjustment resolved this issue, (be smart, use a luthier if you are not well-equipped for these adjustments) and the guitar plays and sounds fine. There were also two blemishes on the guitar. This guitar has an intensely high gloss, so these blemishes are easily overlooked. If you like beautiful mahogany, high gloss, and a comfortable neck, with a warm sound, you will love having this little beauty in your collection. Easy to grab and play on the couch, or even take on the road. The smaller size makes it a great guitar for light travel. But, despite the reasonable price tag, you may not want to beat this one around. I can't speak to the electrics on this guitar, as I have not used them much. Both this guitar and the Takamine Gy93 would make great beginner guitars, as they are easy to play right out of the box.
Music background: Piano, Guitar


If you are a "BIG NAME Snob" there is nothing for you here. If you love "boutique woods" there is nothing for you here. But if you are looking for a reliable, good sounding, not state of the art...but plain old good sounding 'bar guitar'...well, you've found it. I have owned one now for almost two years and I have to say IT IS THE BEST SOUNDING LAMINATED WOOD GUITAR I HAVE EVER PLAYED. And I have been playing since 1965. This guitar sounds more than adequate unplugged and it has to be one of the best 'acoustic-electrics' I have ever encountered. None of the PIEZO QUACK SQUEAK of many other pups. The Shadow system is superb ESPECIALLY when you realize it is a attached to a $250 guitar...YIKES !! I play in an acoustic roots band and one of the other players has a Gibson Blueridge acoustic with a Dean Markley sound hole pup....and my EPI goes toe to toe and head to head with the Gibson. Okay...it is an inexpensive guitar...but it ain't CHEAP. And to top if off it has an AMERICAN BRAND NAME OF HISTORICAL VALUE...ya just can't beat it. The fit and finish is PRO. It looks and sounds like guitar closer to the $450 price point. This is a Winner.....
Music background: long time musician (semi-pro)

Not Just 'good for the money.'

This is a lovely instrument. I'm sure I'm not the only one to pretend that looks don't matter in a guitar but a pretty one can turn my head, I admit. This is a lovely guitar with a lovely high-gloss finish. It played excellently right out of the box and I've found no reason for additional setup; action and intonation were on the money. As far as I'm concerned it beats the Little Martin all hollow played unplugged. It has comparable bass and the sound of a strummed chord is well-balanced and even. The sustain is excellent. Plugged in, a little EQ helps but it's not essential to making this guitar sound good and it is ridiculously comfortable to play.. If you buy from a place with a good return policy like Sweetwater go ahead and try one. But I doubt you'll want to return it once you play it. Odd as it seems to say...don't be afraid of paying too little. I even bought one for my best friend.
Music background: Professional musician, music writer.
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Epiphone, Epiphone 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Epiphone Acoustic / Electric Guitars