The History of the Epiphone Genesis is full of mysteries and perhaps that is just one of its charms.
Currently much discussion about where they were manufactured and wood were used, which is beyond dispute is his high quality, and for many people it is without doubt, the best "solidbody" guitar built by Epiphone.
Mahogany Body with Carved Top,
Epiphone vintage headstock
3+3 Gotoh tuners.
The "highlights" design are
The double cutway ,
the neck joins to body on 19th fret
that facilitates access to upper tones on the last frets on 6 strings
(a nice advantage over the Les Paul) this design givs a lot of playbility like an SG
Other nice opition us the coiltap switch
which "turns" the humbuckers into a "single coil",
something quite new at that time in the Gibson brands family
this feature gives to the guitar a very nice cleans sounds, improving versatility
(another key advantage over the normal Les Paul)
in other words you can says that the Genesis is a Les Paul with somes "small improvements"
one of the most lauded virtues of Genesis is his neck
long and thick
59 style profile.
Rosewood fingerboard with binding
1 - 11/16" at fingerboard nut
Fully adjustable trus rod
24 - 3/4" scale
Joins body to 19th fret
The Genesis had 2 powerfull humbucker pickups probably built by Maxon, suplier of pickups for Ibanez, Greco and Aria, buliders of the amazin "Super 58"
The Genesis came with "Tune-o-Matic" bridge, ABR-1 type manufacturated by Gotoh
2 volume controls and
1 master tone control.
Models and Features:
Genesis Series had 3 diferent models
1979 US catalog image
In the picture above you can see the 3 diferents models of the Genesis Series guitar
For many years this was the only image that you could find, and the only picture that Gibson had in its records of the Genesis guitar series.
*The curious thing on this picture we see some "strange" details, the pickups has only 2 height-adjustment screws, (like american Pick-ups)
the Deluxe unit dont have binding on the headstock and the Standard have tulip tuners.
these features were never included in the production units.
The "normal" Genesis built by Pearl and sold worldwide are significantly different, as
Specs by model. (Pearl regular production units)
Simple binding on top, dot markers on the fingerboard, Chrome Hardware
exposed pickups, black speed knobs
1980 Standard (Cherry)
Double Binding on top, simple binding on the back of the body and the headstock
trapezoidal fret markers and chrome hardware.
exposed pickups, golden speed knobs
1980 Deluxe (Sunburst)
-"Custom" (high end)
Triple binding on the top, double binding on the back and the headstock and
simple binding on the sides of the fretboard with "nibs"
Abalone "block" fretboard markers
exposed pickups, golden speed knobs
1980 Custom (sunburst)
The Epiphone Genesis came in 3 colors:
Sunburst, Cherry and Black.
The Epiphone Genesis has not a great commercial success and it was produces for only 3 years
1979 -1980 and 1981
was discontinued because the yen/crisis of early 80s, turns the production so much expensive.
This Guitars today are quite sought after by some collectors and guitar players because as we all know the big brands have fallen sharply as the scarcity of woods and the prices of good instruments are becoming more unattainable, and often continue lowering spec and increasing prices.
The genesis is an instrument built to the "old school" fully solid and have that special "mojo" from the vintage instruments, qualities that give it a special appeal in ours days.
Without doubt this guitar is many steps above the Epiphone guitars of today and also some models produced by Gibson
Check the Jim Walker¨s Interview for more info
1979 USA Genesis Custom AD ( Pearl production units)
Standard (cherry) - Deluxe (sunburst) - Custom (darksunburst)
(production units bulit by Pearl)
Double Binding headstock (Custom)
3 layers Freatboard Binding with "nibs"
Double "Cutway" 19th Fret joint.
"Coil Tap" Switch for Single coil sounds
Triple binding on the top (Custom)
Specs 1979 catalog
1979 Genesis Japan catalog (front &back)
1979 Genesis Japan catalog (interior)