I decided to write about this guitar tonight because my catch phrase, “man, I wish I had that one back,” especially applies to this guitar. So much so that I recently went looking for another one just like it and bought one for only $200 off Craig’s List. I have no idea whatsoever how I came to even know about Epiphone Crestwoods. They are not by any means a popular model, and besides, I have always been a Telecaster guy since day one. I’ve tried Strats, Rickenbackers, Les Paul Jrs., and even a silver sparkle Gretsch Duo Jet. But I have always come back to Teles. So, when I came across this guitar, it was that same old feeling of “maybe this one will be different.” And this one was.
I’m trying to remember why I ended up selling it. I’m sure it was probably to finance the purchase of something else that I just HAD to have at that exact moment. I think I got this one for a bargain on eBay because it had a little monkey business going on with some of the parts. The stop tailpiece was not original and it had a couple of extra screw holes here and there. But it looked to be set up reasonably well and, on this particular guitar, I could care less about the originality factor. I just wanted to give something else a try.
This guitar, made in the early 70s, played like a dream and sounded fantastic. I always say it’s somewhere between a Les Paul and a Telecaster, but I think that’s more visual than anything else. The body style reminds me of a Tele if Gibson were trying to make one, but it has two humbuckers and the stop tailpiece and bridge of a Gibson guitar. The neck was all Gibson. I guess they also made Crestwoods back in the 60s in the USA, and those are selling for a small fortune these days. Those have a more Fender-esque, six-on-a-side headstock, while the Japanese-made 70s models sport a much more recognizable 3-on-a-side headstock of a Les Paul or Epiphone acoustic. There are quite a few other Epiphones of this body style with different pick-ups and appointments and, because of a lack of common knowledge of these guitars, people have a hard time differentiating between the models. They show up on eBay as a Crestwood or a Wilshire or an Olympic or an ET-290 or ET-275. The Wilshire and Olympic and Coronet are all different guitars, though pretty similar visually. The guitar I just recently acquired to fix my Crestwood jones is actually an ET-275. It’s got a tremelo and roller bridge thing going on with the cover missing and the trem arm lost in space. For some reason they almost always do.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 3, 2008: As you can see below in the comments, a reader reports that he just bought this exact guitar off eBay recently for $450! How cool that through this website a guitar has actually been tracked through to a new owner. Thanks for leaving the comment!