Epaminondas Stathopoulo, or Epi for short, migrated to America with his family and modernised the family instrument business (originally founded in 1873), ultimately resulting in Epiphone as we know it.
In celebration of 150 years of Epiphone, Noel Gallagher’s collection of Epiphones will be on show in a temporary exhibition at British Music Experience (BME). Gallagher led the Epiphone revival throughout the 90s with his unique brand of Britpop in Oasis, often with an Epiphone Casino with him.
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Noel’s use of Epiphones are famous, from modest Casinos and solid bodies to his Union Jack Sheraton, sporting a union jack on its semi-hollow body.
The BME will feature four of Noel’s personal guitars, including his Epiphone Riviera with Bigsby, featured on the Definitely Maybe album cover, and his Epiphone Frontier FT110 used to record “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory” and others. Speaking to his affinity for Epiphone, Noel said:
“I wanted to start playing Epiphones because of the Beatles. I didn’t know anything about guitars then.”
“They looked good; they felt good, I could make them sound good. I’m a songwriter, not a guitar player. You know, that’s my thing. I’m not one of those people who can sit in a guitar shop and play lots of things. I will literally play an E chord, and if it had sounded great and felt good, I would have just said, ‘Yeah, I’ll take it.’”
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