PS Thanks again for all your help in getting me this guitar. Metal offset bridge with optional vibrola tailpiece. or Best Offer. This is a great player, all original except the tuners. In fact the Olympic, and the very similar Olympic Special don't represent just one guitar - the design changed (somewhat confusingly) several times over the nine years of production, though the basic specifications did not. Brand: Epiphone. Prior to 1963 the Olympic model was the same as the thinner Gibson melody maker. The Olympic Double was a solidbody electric with a similar shape to the Coronet and Wilshire that was built starting in 1960. There is a great natural sustain evident with this guitar even when played clean which puts you in mind of much heavier Les Paul’s. Don't worry I will not be selling this one like I did my original one. But the 'old' (double cutaway) Olympic continued, as a single pickup guitar only, with the name Olympic Special. 14 watching. The only difference between a 1962 single pickup Olympic and a 1963 Olympic special was the date it was built! Free shipping. The Olympic was very much the exception. Share this Guitar. They never made many of these. Of course, the changes in body style made for a very different looking instrument, but more importantly, a very different playing instrument. Need the value of your guitar? Single Coil Pickup in the Bridge Position and a Great Looking Vintage 2-Tone Sunburst Finish. For a break-down of the production stats, and comparison, see the Epiphone Olympic shipping totals and Gibson Melody Maker shipping totals. The Epiphone Olympic was originally designed in a very similar fashion to the Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cut and was later redeveloped with a new and more futuristic body shape to more closely match the company’s Coronet and Wilshire solid bodies in 1963. This is a great player, all original except the tuners. Like the Melody Maker, the Olympic started out with a Les Paul style single cutaway body (see the 1961 Epiphone Catalogue), both models changing to the same double-cutaway design, most-likely in late 1961 (see the 1962 Epiphone Catalogue). An added bonus with the body shape and weight of this guitar is that you won’t get the ‘neck fatigue’ that occurs with Les Paul’s for example and this should appeal to gigging musicians especially. The three on a side tuners are the original  Klusons and the headstock profile is much more like Gibson. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Epiphone Olympic Double Vintage 1960's Electric Guitar w/Hard case F/S J1 at the best online prices at … Epiphone Olympic Electric Guitar >> Vintage Guitar and Bass The neck joined the body at the 12th fret, making access to the highest notes quite tricky. The standard model bridge was constructed around a ‘wraparound’ string installation and the guitar was also offered with a Maestro Vibrola bridge. There are 4 comments on this article so far. The three on a side tuners are the original Klusons and the headstock profile is much more like Gibson. It is overall a longer guitar. 1964 Epiphone Olympic. I included a photo with the serial number for your own research. One of the few made with the full size double cutaway asymetrical body and before they went to the batwing style headstock you frequently see. A great solid body from a legendary company that will appeal to players from a whole variety of musical styles. The Melody Maker ultimately changed body style too, (though not until 1966) when it became another guitar in the SG line. The Epiphone Olympic was the entry level CMI/Gibson-made Epiphone solid body - also the best selling of all 1960s Epiphone solids. Gary Moore or Joe Bonamassa tones are very easy to find here. Epiphone Olympic Double Pelham Blue 1966. Plastic enclosed strip tuners. The 1960 – 62 Olympic Double model featured two single coil pickups mounted within the celluloid pickguard in two prong-like shapes offering a very sleek and modern design that wouldn’t look out of place in the current guitar market. Early models had a double sided headstock, changing around late 1963 to the Epiphone batwing one-sided headstock. I love your website, it's great to see someone stocking a small but beautiful selection of gear, keep up the good work! This is one of the early 1961 Models made 5 digit serial. Access to the upper frets is exceptionally easy and it sports a slim and fast fingerboard. Thanks again for all the personal service, it was a pleasure doing business with you. The Epiphone Olympic Double was originally designed in a very similar fashion to the Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cut and was later redeveloped with a new and more futuristic body shape to more closely match the company’s Coronet and Wilshire solid bodies in 1963. The second double cutaway version had a 22 fret neck, joining the body at the 16th fret. Vintage Epiphone 1965 Olympic Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar, USED EPIPHONE 1967 OLYMPIC DOUBLE ELECTRIC GUITAR, 1965 Epiphone Olympic Bat Wing Guitar And Case, Ultra Rare 1963 Vintage Epiphone Olympic Electric Guitar * Excellent Condition *, 1963 EPIPHONE OLYMPIC Electric Guitar Vintage Melody Maker (PD2029209), RARE !! 3 / 4 short scale . Watch. For sale is this ultra rare example of a 1963 Epiphone Olympic made by Gibson. The Epiphone Olympic was Epiphone's best selling (Kalamazoo-built) guitar, shipping almost 10,000 instruments between 1960 and 1969. The model number was SB722D and the original list price was $147.50. $2,156.00. For 42 years old it is in great shape, it's just like the one I had as a kid. 1 volume and 1 tone controls. 2 volume and 2 tone controls. This is one of the early 1961 Models made   5 digit serial. 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This guitar provides a more affordable alternative to a Les Paul Jr. (and some might even argue is a better instrument) Great tone, superb playability and very versatile all in one package. For sale is this ultra rare example of a 1963 Epiphone Olympic made by Gibson. For the rest of the decade, the Olympic kept the same familiar 'Epiphone' body style of the rest of the solid body series, though the Olympic special did change cutaway shape everso subtley. I believe from my research that this dates back to 1965. Assign a Menu; Of course there were several variants in specification, with single (SB722) and dual (SB722D) pickups, with and without a vibrola, and (between 1960 and 1963) 3/4 scale (SB722 3/4) student models, just like the Gibson Melody Makers - though the Gibson student model remained in production right through the decade. The Epiphone Olympic Double was originally designed in a very similar fashion to the Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cut and was later redeveloped with a new and more futuristic body shape to more closely match the company’s Coronet and Wilshire solid bodies in 1963. This example was only made for one year. The Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide 2021 is out now, © vintageguitarandbass.com 2004-2020 | terms and conditions | donate, Got an opinion on the contents of this page? Not sure if case is original. Very nice condition guitar. The guitar is in very good condition with only minor dings in the finish and it’s really quite hard to believe that it is over 50 years old. Plays and sounds amazing. This guitar is very comfortable to play due to its thin body and double cutaway. Basically it was 30 hours from London to my house in Arizona. 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