Epiphone 1966 Century - Cherry

Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Maple Top, Maple Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 1 Single-coil Pickup - Cherry
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Packed with Vintage Appointments

Powered by Epiphone's incredibly expressive P-90 Pro single-coil pickup, the Inspired by 1966 Century archtop hollowbody electric guitar exhibits a distinctive growl and wide tonal range. From its comfortable lightweight body and rounded C-shaped neck to its pearloid dot inlays and aged gloss finish, this vintage-patterned thinline archtop is teeming with personality. Experience how easily this guitar bends to your unique touch, and you'll quickly discover why mid-'60s Epis are prized by collectors. The Epiphone Inspired by 1966 Century archtop hollowbody electric guitar's warm, woody character is equally at home for rock 'n' roll, pop, jazz, and country.

Epiphone Inspired by 1966 Century Hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Classic style with loads of irresistible vintage appointments
  • P-90 Pro single-coil delivers accurate vintage tones
  • Solid classic-styled hardware achieves great performance and playability
Classic style with loads of irresistible vintage appointments

At Sweetwater, we're highly impressed by the number of eye-catching vintage appointments that Epiphone packed into the Inspired by 1966 Century. A stunning, aged gloss finish blankets this archtop's hollow maple body, which is framed by ivory-colored single-layer binding. An elegant rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays tops this guitar's rounded C-shaped mahogany neck, which features a sloped dovewing headstock with historic gold Epiphone logo. A '60s-era "E" logo adorns a black-and-white layered pickguard. Another classic touch is the replica blue soundhole label that's visible through this guitar's upper F-hole.

P-90 Pro single-coil delivers accurate vintage tones

The Epiphone Inspired by 1966 Century is fitted with a P-90 Pro pickup. When crafting this pickup, Epiphone employed 18% nickel silver covers that were retooled with historically accurate bobbins, Elektrisola magnet wire, sand-cast Alnico V magnets, and pole shoes manufactured with properly spec'd alloy. This pickup is vintage right down to the last detail - it utilizes plated brass base plates like those used in '50s- and '60s-era Gibson P-90s.

Solid classic-styled hardware achieves great performance and playability

The Wilkinson Vintage 3-in-a-row machine heads on the Epiphone Inspired by 1966 Century feature plastic ivory buttons with a 14:1 tuning ratio. This archtop hollowbody's dual-action truss rod is embellished with a '60s-era black Bullet cover boasting a white vintage "E." A floating adjustable rosewood bridge and traditional trapeze-style tailpiece round out this stylish electric guitar.

Epiphone Inspired by 1966 Century Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • A reissue of a classic '60s-era hollowbody archtop
  • Laminated maple top, back, and sides produce a clear, responsive snap
  • P-90 Pro single-coil pickup exhibits a distinctive growl and wide tonal range
  • Lightweight thinline archtop body and 14th fret neck joint for amazing comfort
  • Rounded C-shaped mahogany neck is insanely playable
  • Black-and-white layered pickguard with eye-catching '60s-era "E" logo
  • Elegant rosewood fingerboard with attractive pearloid dot inlays
  • Sloped dovewing headstock with historic gold Epiphone logo
  • '60s-era replica blue soundhole label is visible through the upper F-hole
  • Aged gloss finish and hardware offer a true vintage look
The Epiphone Inspired by 1966 Century is an awesome hollowbody electric guitar reissue!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape Archtop
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Laminated Maple
Top Material Laminated Maple
Color Cherry
Body Finish Aged Gloss
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Rounded C
Scale Length 25.5"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Dots
Number of Frets 20
Nut Width 1.65"
Nut Material Nylon
Bridge/Tailpiece Rosewood Floating Adjustable Bridge/Trapeze Tailpiece
Tuners Wilkinson Vintage 3-in-a-row with plastic ivory buttons - 14:1 ratio
Number of Pickups 1
Neck Pickup Epiphone P-90 PRO single-coil
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone
Strings D'Addario .011, .014, .019W, .030, .041, .052
Manufacturer Part Number ETCNCHNH1

Customer Reviews

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Great guitar!

I was in a music store and saw this guitar. I played it and was really impressed. Got a great deal from Sweetwater and was also impressed that this one played just as nice as the one I'd played previously. Just needed a little setting up and ready to go. Super nice guitar for mellow music and blues. Well done Epiphone!

Epiphone Inspired by 1966 Century

Wanted one of these as soon as I saw them announced. Paul Allen at Sweetwater hooked me up with a great one. The finish is a soft matte - feels great, looks cool, and would probably buff up nicely if you wanted a shine. Played OK out of the box - action was a little high and stiff for me. After a pro setup, the action is low and slinky - feels and plays fantastic. The P-90 is better than I expected: it's not exactly a vintage Gibson or a modern Lollar or Fralin, but it's way more detailed than the Epi/Gibson P-90s on my IBJL Casino. Acoustically, this guitar rings out like a deep body archtop. It's fun to play, provides some great tones, and is most definitely a keeper for me. For the money, this baby is an incredibly good value. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that I'm afraid people would expect more bells and whistles for that kind of rating, and this is a dead simple guitar.

First Impressions: 1966 Century arch top

- I really wanted to like this guitar, and it definitely has some positive things going for it, but I decided to return it as it wasn’t offering enough versatility or sheer fun of playing. I sincerely hope that some in the guitar-playing world will bond with this re-issue, as it could very well prove to be a good platform for modding. Here’s an assortment of my impressions of the 1966 Century:- “C” neck profile feels good in the hand.- Frets need dressing; some sharp ends.- String gauge as received: 12 – 54 with a wound “G” string (not 10 – 46 as Epiphone lists). A set of 10 - 46 will be easier to play & bend.- Cherry color is beautifully great!- Lightweight-ness is a plus.- P-90 pickup is medium quiet (hum) / nothing special / not bad.- 25.5 inch scale length (not 23.75” as Epiphone lists it).- Tuners are smooth and positive, and guitar stays in tune well.- Floating rosewood bridge is compensated, and intonates well.- This guitar is neither a true acoustic, nor a responsive electric; sort of in-between both worlds, but master of neither.- High-quality fit & finish (except for the fret ends).- If you want to sound like James Bay, this will hit the mark --- but the overall tone and range of this guitar is limited by its single neck pickup, and its somewhat sluggish playability.- In the marketplace, $600 for this century seems overpriced for what you get --- namely an overseas-made instrument with only one pickup (and one set of controls, of course), as well as no case. I think a more relevant price would be in the $450 – $500 range.
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