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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / I had this exact guitar only in black in 65


LA , Calif

I try my best
Apr 11th, 2017 09:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Same thing.

Epiphone Olympic

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So. Cal. USA

Apr 12th, 2017 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

At about that same time I bought my first guitar. I was torn between acoustic or electric. My local dealer, Drum City, carried Epiphone. In my budget was the Coronet or nice acoustic. I bought the acoustic and have regretted it ever since. I could however play the acoustic in study hall with my friends and I could not afford an amp at the time. The acoustic also had a zero fret that made it easy for my beginner hands to play.

I own a Wilshire now, a Korean reissue with the same body shape as your Olympic. It's white and now has HB sized P90s and a Bigsby. Very nice guitar for the money after a few tweaks and set up issues.

I'd love to find a vintage Coronet that I could afford. Not likely.

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So. Cal. USA

Apr 12th, 2017 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here is the Wilshire on stage with me at a gig.


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stigg "Geezer, and still lov'in it"!
Apr 12th, 2017 01:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought this guitar when I was in the service in 1963. It was a great guitar but the trem system relied on a shear pin and when it sheared it gave no warning and you were stuck. The mini buckers were great. being young, stupid and broke I traded it for another guitar(don't ask).

62 epi. crestwood custom


LA , Calif

I try my best
Apr 12th, 2017 03:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

At the time I didn't know the Olympic was the EPI student guitar. It had some PU"s that were like melody makers is what I've read they were single coils and a sort of trem that I never used looked like a plastic tip.

I can't recall why I wanted a solid body , still had my 63 red sunburst three PU Harmony Rocket yet since my younger brother wanted a guitar I gave it to him and taught him how to play.

Didn't get the EPI for the small local music shop in Roselle IL were I got almost everything else , instead for some reason my father went to a different shop and he must have been there before because he was never one to listen let alone take me to get a new guitar. Turns out there was the hot blond and her husband who owned the shop and I didn't know what brand guitar so she offered a great deal on the EPI. I really wanted an amp and since this EPI was not in tune up the neck we went back 3 times and it was still not right. I was looking at amps while they fiddled with the EPI and she came out and offered a great deal on a Harmony single ended amp which was a 10 speaker and a distortion machine yet it was an amp and he went for it.

I was bugged by the guitar tuning and decide to turn the set screws on the sort of intonated bridge and got it in perfect tune.

I don't recall what happened to it , think I traded it for a 66 Casino.

Now the EPI Olympic and 66 Casino as well as the Rocket and a 66 J160E and a 66 Gibson 12 string are all worth a lot . My 2 main guitars were the Casino and J160E for decades . I wore them out.

Wish I kept them all. I did what many back then did , not realize things would change and models would vanish then come back made over seas and cost more than the originals. I also had no idea I would years later get into building guitars and could have fixed the Casino and J160E just fret wear and other issues.

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So. Cal. USA

Apr 12th, 2017 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

We sure had no idea back then. I remember guys bringing Strats and Teles to school wanting to sell them for $150-200 so they could buy a Les Paul which was hot at the time. Oh how many 50s and 60s Fenders I could have bought if I had only had a slight idea. They were just used guitars given to them by parents, aunts, uncles and the like.

I still want a Coronet darn it! Also an entry level guitar at the time. The current import Wilshire to be honest is a better guitar.

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Las Vegas NV

Can't complain but sometimes I still do
Apr 12th, 2017 10:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

This one hangs on the wall in the music room as I type.

It had a broken head stock when I bought it and is heavily modified now.

Plays and sounds great.

1962 Epiphone Olympic Special


LA , Calif

I try my best
Apr 12th, 2017 10:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I didn't know anyone even in high school in the mid 60's who had any guitar better than a Mustang and even worse Japan none copies like stamped out blocks with one to 4 PU's.

I didn't know many who played guitar around my area maybe 4 local garage bands then further out there were more.

All I knew their guitars were gifts. I was my fathers sole helper building our next house. Spent the entire summer three month school break nailing everything we during the evening cut each night until the mosquito's ran us of.

I traded my Clarinet and he paid the $100 difference for the Harmony Rocket in 63 6 months after the house was done.

I started on a steel string folk rented for $5 per month because the owner of this old music store was just that way willing to help.

It was not until 66/67 I was able to buy my choice.

It was just this suburb 30 miles out of Chicago that was not much more than a few houses on sold off farm land and a very small town 1 1/2 miles away with one of each small store type. One was a combined hardware/food and dime store. Didn't change at all when I left in 76 other than there were more houses and stores and most my age for quite a while had a car.

That old music shop had new a few new strats that were way old before they sold maybe 1966.

There's a 3 part you tube doc on that music store and the owner and the bands when things there shifted. See if I came find it and post a link.

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So. Cal. USA

Apr 13th, 2017 10:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had started playing drums at age 10. M&D had gotten me a Ludwig Acrolite snare. about mid Jr high they bough me a used partial Rogers Holiday kit. It had a kick drum and a floor. It came with some real crappy stands, pedal and cymbals. I saved my money and added two Rogers rack toms, swivomatic stands and Zil cymbals. Shortly there after I got the guitar bug but the parents were done so the rest of my gear was always on me. I enjoyed that actually.

I went to a large high school, about 3500 students. We had a lot of musicians.



To want to, is to be able to.
Apr 14th, 2017 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cool one! Looks like it was produced yesterday!

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