The Epiphone Crestwood was a solidbody electric guitar launched in 1958 and discontinued in 1970. After Epiphone discontinued the Crestwood, a number of re-issues and replicas has been available from different companies. The guitar was a double cutaway solidbody construction in mahogany with dual New Yorker pickups, three-on-a-side headstock and a pickguard with the Epiphone logo. In late 1959 the guitar was renamed the Crestwood Custom and the body's edges were rounded off and the pickguard got a different design. In 1961 the dot markers were replaced with oval markers and the pickguard lost its Epiphone logo. By 1963 the body got a slightly longer upper horn, a six on-a-side headstock and the gold plating were replaced with nickel plating. Epiphone also launched the Crestwood DeLuxe which can easily be described as a three pickup version of the Crestwood Custom, it also featured an ebony fretboard with block inlays. The Crestwood DeLuxe was discontinued in 1969 and the Crestwood Custom the year after. One of the best known Epiphone Crestwood player of the '60s rock era is Wayne Kramer of the group MC5, pictured here in their appearance on Beat Club in 1972. So much energy and talent; so little recognition. Man, this group kick arse. The band was formed in 1964 in Detroit. If you have never heard of MC5, it is not surprising because it was not a hip band nor had a platinum album. They were banned from the radio because the intro to one of their more popular songs which was part of the performance was "Kick out the jams, motherfuckers". It is hard to figure that by today's standard, but they were in that sense radical and trend setting. A lot of people blame the MC5 or credit it for Punk Rock and Heavy Metal music.
What I have in my collection is a 1966 Epiphone Crestwood. The fretboard is Brazilian rosewood. The original mini humbuckers are screaming with distortion; warm and punchy with a clean tone.
Watch this video of Wayne Kramer playing his Epiphone Crestwood in this 1972 performance on Beat Club and you will get an idea of the tone of this guitar. In my humble opinion, this is one under-rated guitar. A real hidden gem worth collecting.