The Epiphone Crestwood (called the Crestwood Custom from 1959 on) was the higher-end counterpart to the Epi Wilshire and the Coronet. The Crestwood's development mirrors that of these other two models in many ways. In 1961 the pickups were switched from Epiphone New York pickups to mini-humbuckers. In 1963, all three solidbody models were updated with a new asymmetrical body and 6-on-a-side headstock.
This is a very original Epi Crestwood from 1963, built in Kalamazoo Michigan USA, long before production moved offshore to Japan. Everything appears to be as it came from the factory back in ’63. Even the frets appear to be original and they are showing only minor wear.
One piece mahogany double cutaway body
Original Cherry finish, now faded to Walnut
Slim mahogany set neck
Bound Brazillian rosewood fingerboard with oval pearl inlays
2 Two mini humbucker pickups
2 x volume & tone controls
Epi logo trapeze plate
6 in-line Kluson machine heads
3 ply white pickguard
1 11/16 “ wide at the nut
Weight is 6.1 lbs
The only blemishes on this otherwise excellent example are a crack in the pickguard near the socket, and a fracture in the metal sleeve of the tailpiece. The current owner swears this small crack has not changed at all in the seven years he’s owned it.
This Epi Crestwood has a great full feeling neck, it has two powerful sounding mini humbucking pickups, a solid mahogany body, and a great low action. It is a featherweight 6.1 lbs on the scales so it is lively and resonant, even when not plugged in. All over, a fine vintage instrument in excellent condition.
Comes in non original hard case in good condition.