After two years, the company became known as The House of Stathopoulo.Just after the end of World War I, the company started to make banjos.
The other Kalamazoo-made Epiphones had technical or cosmetic relationship with the similar Gibson version.
Several Epiphone guitars have been produced in the United States after 1971.
Epiphone is an American musical instrument manufacturer founded by Anastasios Stathopoulos, currently based in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1957 Epiphone, Inc., of New York City was purchased by Chicago Musical Instrument Co. This is the same company that bought Gibson in 1944) and given the name Epiphone, Inc. CMI took great measures to keep Gibson and Epiphone separate in different buildings each with its own management team.
Several other models, such as the Sheraton and John Lennon Casinos, were built in Japan and assembled and finished by Gibson USA.
with the production and distribution being managed by Aria, in cooperation with Gibson.
Solid body guitars with flat tops and backs were made at the Elenor Street plants (both Gibson and Epiphone) in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Some of these Epiphone instruments were effectively identical to the relevant Gibson versions, perhaps made with same timber, materials and components as the contemporary equivalent Gibson guitars.
By 1975, the Japanese market started seeing some of the more familiar designs and names being reintroduced.
These guitars were of higher quality than that of the previous years of production in Japan and included models such as the Wilshire, Emperor, Riviera and Newport bass.
Construction of these guitars differed greatly from past Epiphone models.