Defunct Guitar Brands You'd Like to See Back

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    633
    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Studebaker ...

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    oh wait, you said guitars ... ;)
     
  2. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Used to have a Traynor....Very nice amp!
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  3. southpaw185

    southpaw185 Electromatic

    49
    Jul 13, 2017
    San Diego
    You're right, of course, as Epiphone's Elitist line is pretty darn good. My response was somewhat tongue in cheek in that I want Epiphone's name to evoke a sense of quality as it did in the days where archtops were king. Despite the Elitist lineup, most people associate Epiphone with budget Gibson.
     
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  4. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Gretschie

    Age:
    52
    387
    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    I'd like to see Epi reissue this, but with a Bigsby and some cool, Gretsch- style colors. Epiphone scroll.jpg
     
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  5. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I know they can be great, my Samick Sheraton is gorgeous and bone stock, i am referring to the handmade acoustic archtops of the old Epiphone company, they are something else entirely.
     
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  6. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Hudson! Screenshot_2019-12-01-20-35-18-1.png
     
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  7. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    They were excellent instruments. Back in the day, Epiphone competed with Gibson, head-on. A friend owns Johhny Smith’s old Epiphone Triumph and it’s an amazing guitar. Imagine a high quality, acoustic 16” archtop. It plays like butter, too.
     
  8. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Yessir, i have gotten close to a '39 Blackstone and a '52 Zephyr Regent something with a single NY pickup. Both had that thing. Here is a lovely example of the thing.
    https://reverb.com/item/2402826-epiphone-emperor-1952-blonde
     
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  9. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    They were a top quality manufacturer. In the days of the rhythm cannons, Gibson, Gretsch and Epi all had some impressive entries and their top models were beautiful and ornate. There were Strombergs and DmAngelicos, as well, but a lot of players used something by one of the three manufacturers mentioned above.
     
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  10. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Atlanta
    Oh my gosh - I was just watching "The Irishman" this weekend and saw that Hudson and didn't know what it was. Had to look it up. Now here you are posting it.
     
  11. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Shergold (UK / 70s-80s) :

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    Wandrè/Davoli/Framez (I / 50s-60s) :

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    Leduc (F / 70s-80s) :
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    Jacobacci (F/30s-70s) :

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    In LH ! OK, don't dream... :rolleyes:

    A+!
     
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  12. Pine Apple Slim

    Pine Apple Slim Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2011
    North Alabama
    Is St Blues guitars still around?
     
  13. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
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  14. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Shergold is back!

    https://www.shergoldguitars.com

    Wandre is one I thought of. Eastwood made replicas of some of their models.
     
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  15. slickfaster

    slickfaster Gretschie

    314
    Dec 29, 2009
    Redondo bch.
    I had a bran new Hondo ll sunburst. Don’t think ide like to see em back but in 79 it was my 8th grade gem!
     
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  16. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    Doc, you beat me! That was the first name that popped up in my brain!
     
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  17. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Bigsby was the first thing I thought of. I'd love to see a couple of the more accessible/practical designs brought back as faithful reissues. No dumbing down with stuff like tune-o-matics.

    I like the Selmer amp idea too.
     
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  18. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    If it's a Gretsch model, it'd be the Rambler.

     
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  19. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    I just can't think of a guitar brand that I would like to see back. The best survived. There were a lot of crappy guitars out there.
     
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  20. GlenP

    GlenP Gretschie

    425
    Jul 23, 2019
    WA
    They brought them back, they are called The Heritage.
     
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