The company produced its recording line of banjos in 1924 and, four years later, took on the name of the Epiphone Banjo Company. After Epi died in 1943, control of the company went to his brothers, Orphie and Frixo.
In 1951, a four-month-long strike forced a relocation of Epiphone from New York City to Philadelphia.
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.
Construction of these guitars differed greatly from past Epiphone models.