Epiphone / Olympic / 1961 / Sunburst / Guitar For Sale

1961 Epiphone Olympic anyone?

Introduced in 1960, the Olympics shared the same manufacturing floor as Gibson’s Melody Maker, following the same lines. Designed to be cost effective to produce, the slim body and pre-assembled pickguard was a departure from their previous solid body designs. 

This example is in great condition. There is a scratch on the upper horn but no other signs of damage. If you look under the pickguard you can see that the finish has faded a little, but overall this is a great example of an early 60's sunburst finish.

Neck too is in great shape. The headstock has been cracked and repaired which you can see in the pictures. This repair is solid. The fretboard shows no sign of wear and the refret makes this guitar a joy to play. The tuners are later reproductions and a new nut has been fitted. The tailpiece is also a reproduction. 

Electrics are all correct too, with both Centralab pots' date being obscured by solder.

Sonically this guitar is a surprise. The single pickup seem to be locate in the perfect position so as to provide that right amount of treble without being shrill. This means that the controls can be manipulated without the loss of output and yielding a wide variety of very useful tones. The neck is very comfortable and the light weight makes it a joy to play sat down or stood.

As with all these so called ‘student instruments’ there is so much more than meets the eye with his guitar. If you’re on the hunt for something a little different, look no further…

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
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Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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