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Epiphone 1966 Century - Cherry Reviews

4.0 stars based on 3 customer reviews
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  • Bernie C
    from Nashville May 10, 2017

    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!

  • Dougg330
    from Boston October 5, 2016

    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.

  • Customer
    from San Francisco, CA August 22, 2016

    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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