Epiphone guitars started in 1873 in the Ottoman Empire which is now Turkey. The name "Epiphone" is a combination of proprietor Epaminondas Stathopoulos' nickname "Epi" and "phone" (from Greek phon-, "sound"/"voice") They began making banjos, mandolins and guitars and in 1903 Epamindondas moved to the United States. Such was the quality of his instrument crafting that towards the 1960s Gibson began to take notice and ended up buying out Epiphone. Epiphone has been a subsidiary of the Gibson Guitar corporation since 1957 and makes some of the finest guitars in a price range that will astound you. They make amazing reproductions of famous Gibson models including the Les Paul, SG, ES-335, ES-137, ES-339 and many more.
A superb gateway into the time-honored Fender® family, the Squier® Affinity Series™ Telecaster® delivers legendary design and quintessential tone for today’s aspiring guitar hero. This Tele® features several player-friendly refinements such as a thin and lightweight body, a slim and comfortable “C”-shaped neck profile, a string-through-body bridge for optimal body resonance and sealed die-cast tuning machines with split shafts for smooth, accurate tuning and easy restringing. Loaded with dual Squier single-coil Tele pickups with 3-way switching for genre-defying sonic variety, this model is ready to accompany any player at any stage.