Up for sale, a 1965 Epiphone Crestwood Custom in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. With Gibson's acquisition of Epiphone in 1957, the Crestwood instruments emerged as the premier, top-tier Epiphone solidbodies, produced alongside their Gibson counterparts in the same Kalamazoo, Michigan factory. Sharing some basic similarities with its SG cousins, this Crestwood Custom boasts a solid mahogany body and long tenon set neck design with the original custom color Polaris White nitro lacquer finish accented by a full compliment of nickel-plated hardware. The pair of Gibson's patent stickered mini humbuckers deliver a tone that has more chime and top end harmonic character than your standard humbucker, while still retaining full low end and a nice midrange kick. Weighing a mere 6lbs 12oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and low action, this Crestwood Custom is an extremely well crafted vintage USA-made Epiphone.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a notably slender and fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with substantial roundness and depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .780" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard features pearloid oval inlay, professionally refretted with slender vintage-style wire with nigh perfect crowns, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the 1st fret. The guitar plays easily up the 24 3/4" scale length with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The 1 9/16" nut has been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone ensuring optimal note clarity and sustain, and the "batwing" headstock is fitted with the original Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should with untouched solder joints and CentraLab pots that date to the 34th week of '65. The bridge pickup retains its original clean patent sticker, while the neck pickup's sticker is no longer present (a faint ghosting of where it was once applied can be seen), and the neck pickup cavity also reveals the long tenon neck joint. The hardware is completely original, and in '65 it was commonplace to see a combination of nickel and chrome hardware as Gibson transitioned from the former to the latter. While the bridge thumbwheels and Trem-o-Tone vibrato roller are chrome, the vibrato arm, base, and ABR-1 bridge are nickel plated. The original bridge also retains its clean Gibson ABR-1 embossed baseplate with correct foundry stamp. The Trem-o-Tone tailpiece is an Epiphone exclusive spring-less design, operating very fluidly and complete with its original "spoon" arm, Brazilian rosewood insert, and silver "E" epsilon. All of the stock knobs are intact and near mint, and the original black three-ply pickguard is also present, sitting flush with the top with minimal deflection.
The original Polaris White custom color finish is a bright shade of white with virtually no aging of the clear coat, 100% original with no touchup or overspray. There is lacquer checking across the entire instrument, and cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to some small finish chips on the edges of the batwing headstock and bass-side body edge, and a few additional ancillary marks mostly relegated to the back and body parameter.
This Epiphone Crestwood Custom is an extremely well-kept and original example, crack free and professionally setup to play its best.
The original gray Epiphone hardshell case with black leather ends and blue plush interior is included. A couple pieces of foam have been added inside the case to better secure the instrument, and the original functional latches and handle are intact.