View Full Version : More on Epiphone "F" Style s

Darryl Wolfe
Oct-14-2004, 9:53am
I thought this link might generate a little interest

epiphone (http://www.harryandjeaniewest.com/item164711.ctlg)

Oct-14-2004, 10:05am
I thought there was only one know to exist, but I stumbled upon the web site a few weeks ago...Is that the one that made the big splash here on the Cafe last year??? I suppose
I could call to find out but http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sleepy.gif

Darryl Wolfe
Oct-14-2004, 11:35am
Michael, that's my point..this looks much darker than the one a while back


Oct-14-2004, 12:44pm
Beautiful! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Oct-14-2004, 2:22pm
I guess only Harry knows for sure:cool:

Oct-14-2004, 2:32pm
O.K., I'll bite. While this is a very nice looking Epiphone, what makes it the subject of your-all's attention. What is it that makes it a unique piece. Let me in on the secret in case I see one at the flea market. . . .


Oct-14-2004, 2:54pm
Here's some background info:
http://www.mandozine.com/index.p....in_1932 (http://www.mandozine.com/index.php/instruments/instrumentinfo/epiphone_windsor_mandolin_1932)
There had been speculation that no Epiphone Windsor f-styles had actually been produced, but the one that appeared here at the Cafe proved that they really did exist. And if there's two, maybe there's three. And if there's three, maybe there's one out there for me...

Jim Hilburn
Oct-14-2004, 3:35pm
I think Gibson should sue Epiphone.

Lane Pryce
Oct-14-2004, 3:44pm
I think Gibson should sue Epiphone.
http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif Lp

John Rosett
Oct-14-2004, 4:32pm
hey fatt dad-
they're really not worth much, so if you see one at a flea market, i'll give you a hundred bucks for it...

Oct-14-2004, 5:56pm
Well, I dropped Harry a note and will update ya'll when he gets back to me (unless of course he does it himself). Inquiring minds do want to know.....

Jim, you so bad!

Oct-14-2004, 8:49pm
I have heard rumors from a reputable source of one in NYC, but I'm reluctant to put any stock in such a thing, even from a reputable source, without some physical corroboration. I don't know the source of the NC piece; I imagine it could have been the same instrument I'd heard was moving in NY, although I doubt it.

Bob Sayers
Oct-14-2004, 9:11pm
This is an interesting thread. Back in the 1960s, I think, National Geographic magazine ran an article on the Pennsylvania Amish. I long ago threw away my copy, but there was a picture of what looked to be an Amish bluegrass band (!?! -- must have been one of the less conservative orders) with the young guys wearing denim overalls, straw hats, and all. And one of the musicians was playing a two-point Epiphone mandolin, presumably the "Artist" model described in the article above. If someone wanted to check, I'm sure they could just go back through the index of NG articles on the Amish.

By the way, as for the suggestion that Gibson sue Epiphone for copyright infringement: Wasn't Epiphone part of Gibson at one time?


Oct-14-2004, 9:15pm
Epiphone still is owned by Gibson! I think he was being sarcastic!

Oct-15-2004, 2:46am
Thanks to Brother Zeke for alerting me to this apparent doubling of the Epiphone Windsor population. No, that's not mine--she's still here with me (and I intend to keep it that way!) It could just be the light in that photo, but mine does seem a bit brighter in color and is perhaps a bit fancier, with an additional pearl bar before the 17th fret. I'll enclose a full frontal for comparison-- mandoporn! ;<)

Keep on frettin',
Harry (Gilbert, not West)

Oct-15-2004, 6:24am
Interesting read from the Mandozine link. I notice from the photo in the original post that the peghead bears the inlay "Epiphone" rather than "Windsor". Also, considering the vintage, would these be from solid wood or was Epiphone using laminate back in the day?


Darryl Wolfe
Oct-15-2004, 10:30am
Thanks for posting Cellobear. There are definately at least two. I've never played one of these, but I would expect them to be reasonably on par quality and soundwise with a Gibson of the period

Oct-15-2004, 11:41am
From what I've read, the only Epiphone mandolin that used laminates was the Adelphi (and it had a solid spruce top). The others used all solid woods (maple backs for the Windsors, walnut for the Strand and the Rivoli). The 'Masterbilt' peghead layout that included a model name was used in the early and mid-thirties (they used that style on their guitars too). Harry West's site has a Strand (http://www.harryandjeaniewest.com/item126456.ctlg) that uses a similar peghead style to the Windsor in the article (but I believe the Strand that Bill Monroe is photographed with is a later model).