Granada Guitars

1965 Epiphone Granada

Color: Cherry, Rating: 8.75, Sold (ID# 00056)
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Specially-Ordered Factory Cherry Finish

This 16-inch-wide thinline hollow body with one visible f-hole weighs just 5.40 lbs. and has a nut width of slightly over 1 9/16 inches and a scale length of 24 3/4 inches. Laminated maple top, back, and sides, mahogany neck with a medium to thick profile, and rosewood fretboard with 20 medium jumbo frets and inlaid pearl dot position markers. Single binding on the top and bottom edges. Headstock with gold silk-screened "Epiphone" script logo. Closed-back Kluson Deluxe strip tuners with white plastic oval buttons. Serial number ("288192") stamped in blind on the back of the headstock and also stamped in black on rectangular blue label inside bass f-hole. White plastic pickguard extending over the treble f-hole with silver Epiphone stylized "E" logo. One Melody Maker single-coil pickup with an output of 7.32k, two controls (one volume, one tone), and jack socket, all mounted on pickguard. Black plastic bell-shaped knobs with white markings and metal tops. Rosewood bridge with pre-set compensating saddle and trapeze tailpiece with three horizontal lines on cross-bar. This guitar is in excellent plus (8.75) condition. There is some minor checking to the body finish, a small abrasion (through to the wood) on the lower bout, a few minor scratches and marks, minimal edgewear to the headstock, and a small surface chip on the back of the headstock behind the nut. Still, this is a lovely example of Epiphone's version of the Gibson ES-120T, in the very rare specially-ordered factory Cherry finish. Housed in the original Epiphone brown "alligator" softshell case with brown felt lining (8.25).

"[In 1962] the Granada appeared, offering Epi customers a budget-priced electric hollowbody -- if they could live with the non-cutaway shape, the small single-coil pickup (the same as those on Gibson's budget-priced Melody Makers), and the controls built into a molded pickguard" (Walter Carter, Epiphone: The Complete History, p. 67).

The Epiphone Granada E444T non-cutaway (which was produced from 1962 to 1970), was originally priced $170 in 1965. According to all the records we have been able to locate, all of the Granada E444Ts were finished in Sunburst. The Cherry finish on this guitar is certainly original, so it must have been a special factory order.

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