Collector wants good examples of Epiphone guitars through 1969/70 when Gibson decided to take production to Japan. Ideally I would like guitars that have been out of circulation for years, and owned by people who bought them new, or almost new. I like both electric and acoustic, and I’m very willing to pay a reasonable price for good examples, and lots more if it’s a model I’m interested in. If you’ve read this far, I will confess that my little town didn’t have a Gibson dealer, so all of my friends owned and played Epiphones. They mean more to me than my Fender and Gibson guitars. Dealers are welcome to respond, but I can’t pay retail, and I have had a VG price guide every year since 1994.