In 1958 Gibson acquired the Epiphone trademark and equipment, lock, stock, and barrel, and as the Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars says, “It was decided that Epiphone would be re-established as a first-rate guitar manufacturer, so that Gibson’s parent company, CMI, could offer a product comparable in every way to Gibson....Gibson was (in effect) competing with itself,” selling virtually identical models of guitar. All were built at the Gibson plant in Kalamazoo to the same high standards, in many cases by the same designers and craftsmen, but with different labels and model numbers. This situation only lasted until 1969-70, when most Epiphone production was shifted abroad; however, when this guitar was made, the “Gibson” name was still being embossed on the truss rod cover.
The PR-200 has a dreadnought-style body, with a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides. There is a multi-ring rosette, full body binding, a solid mahogany neck, a 14/20 rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, a mahogany headstock with the Epiphone logo, and three-per-side enclosed chrome tuners. The rosewood bridge and the black pickguard with the Epiphone “E” are set off well by the black high gloss finish top.
The tonewoods are starting to open up, and it sounds really good, similar to my Guild D-25, for example. While there is an obvious headstock repair, structurally, it is now in very good condition: flat top, straight neck, little fret wear, solid bridge, and so forth. Cosmetically, it is also in excellent shape: the shiny black finish is more beautiful than ever, with very few dings or bruises and a bit of buckle rash on the back.
There is no case, but it will be carefully packaged. Buyer pays a flat rate of $45 for insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashiers and personal checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.
I have tried to be perfectly clear and accurate in describing this guitar, so its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please check out the pictures and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy it.
Payments by Paypal, cashier’s checks, money orders, or personal checks are acceptable, but all payments must clear my bank before the guitar will be shipped. I will CONSIDER reasonable offers, even including installment payments and trade-ins, but generally since I already attempt to price my guitars very competitively, unusual deals must be unusually sweet.
From henceforth [that's how retired English teachers talk], insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states is $55 due to constantly rising shipping costs unless a specific listing says otherwise; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. I have sold guitars to Russia, Japan, Australia, and over 50 other countries, as well as almost every state in the USA. Since some of my guitars travel thousands of miles, I take care to use lots of packing materials, protect the neck inside the case, and of course de-tune the strings.
I make every effort to describe and illustrate each guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. However, many of my instruments are well-played vintage items which are many years old, and I am not a luthier. One should assume that any guitar will require some set-up to satisfy your personal requirements, and that not every flaw or ding will be seen/recognized/described in the listing. Thus the return of an instrument will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy.