Harman Patil

Epiphone Genesis

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Epiphone Genesis

History

Three Genesis Series models (GN-CST, GN-DLX, GN-STD) first appeared in the 1979 Epiphone catalog and were produced in Taiwan until 1981. The 1980 price list indicates two additional Genesis Series models were offered briefly; The GN student model, and the GN-BA bass. All models of the Genesis (except the bass) shipped with black open-coil humbucker pickups with three height-adjustment screws, and not plated pickup covers with two height-adjustment screws as shown in the Epiphone specification sheets. It is not known whether the student model guitar "The GN" went into production; no known examples have been identified. It is rumored that Genesis guitars were made in Japan, but this is unsubstantiated. Gibson states that Genesis guitars were made in Taiwan.

Contents

The Genesis series was designed by Jim Walker, then Director of Marketing for Gibson. They were prototyped in Japan, but due to cost considerations were manufactured at a factory owned by Pearl Drums in Taichung, Taiwan.

In 2012, Gibson reissued the model as the Limited Edition Genesis PRO.

Construction

All models featured a solid mahogany body, solid mahogany set neck, rosewood fretboard, two humbucker pickups, two volume controls, one master tone control, and a DPDT switch used for coil tapping.
The Genesis also featured an elongated headstock with 3 + 3 tuners, 22 frets, a front-mounted output jack, a Tune-o-matic bridge, and stop tailpiece. The new PRO model includes two tone and two push/pull volume controls that coil split each humbucker individually. The jack has been relocated to the standard Les Paul positioning and the two humbucker pickups are covered on all models.

Models

The Genesis was available in three models: the Standard had an unbound fretboard with dot inlays, single-ply binding on the body front and chrome hardware; the Deluxe had single-ply binding on the neck and headstock, double-ply binding on the body front and rear, chrome hardware and crown (trapezoid) inlays; the Custom had double binding on the neck, triple binding on the headstock, quadruple binding on the body, rectangular block fretboard inlays and gold plated hardware.The PRO reissue edition will feature some of the features that appear in all three original models,along with some new features.

Finishes

The Deluxe and Custom models were available in ebony (EB) and dark sunburst (DS) only.
The Standard model was available in ebony and wine red (WR).
In the July 1, 1980 catalog, the Standard model became available in dark sunburst, and an entry-level The Genesis model and 4-string Genesis Bass guitar were offered.

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICES:

January 15 & June 1, 1979
Standard: GN-STD, EB, WR $299.95
Deluxe: GN-DLX, EB, DS $349.95
Custom: GN-CST, EB, DS $399.95

January 7, 1980
Standard: GN-STD, EB, WR $329.95
Deluxe: GN-DLX, EB, DS $379.95
Custom: GN-CST, EB, DS $429.95

July 1, 1980
The Genesis: The-GN, EB, WR $279.95
Standard: GN-STD, EB, DS $329.95
Deluxe: GN-DLX, EB, DS $379.95
Custom: GN-CST, EB, DS $429.95
Bass: GN-BA, EB $349.95

References

Epiphone Genesis Wikipedia


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