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    Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    Anyone familiar with this model? Has. 25 1/2” scale, mini-hums, No F-holes. Trying to find out how many were built and how they sound/play. Made in the Kalamazoo factory by Gibson.
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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    Shipping totals should be in the twice published book. If no one answers that part before tomorrow, I can look it up when I get to my shop.
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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    Make sure to scroll down and check the separate pages: http://www.epiphoneforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=24

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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    There were two models made. The Standard had chrome P90's and the Custom had the mini humbuckers. Almost scored one a few years ago but missed out on it. The switching system is something I am not familiar with. Others will chime in sooner or later but that combination of those pickups & the 25.5 scale makes it intriguing.

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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    Thanks guys! I have a Custom coming. Royal Tan sunburst finish, 1965.

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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    #envious

    Congratulations!

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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    Thanks guys! I have a Custom coming. Royal Tan sunburst finish, 1965.
    Shipping totals show 151 Caiola Customs, made from 1966 through 1969. None in 1965 and 1970.
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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    Shipping totals show 151 Caiola Customs, made from 1966 through 1969. None in 1965 and 1970.
    Thanks Tom! Judging by the serial number, #349008, it.s an early ‘66. Should be here this afternoon!

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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    Shipping totals show 151 Caiola Customs, made from 1966 through 1969. None in 1965 and 1970.
    That aligns with the charts I linked to above. And just for the record, and for contrast, there were 245 of the standard model produced between 1963 and 1969.

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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    That aligns with the charts I linked to above. And just for the record, and for contrast, there were 245 of the standard model produced between 1963 and 1969.
    Judging by the info they have, they’re pretty scarce. In 1966 alone they only made 23 Customs. I got mine yesterday and it’s pretty interesting. Great sustain but is a bit on the airy side. I like the fact that there’s not any “F” holes as it makes the feedback really controllable.

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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    And where are the photos????!!??

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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    Been having issues trying to upload photos since Photobucket took a dump..

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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    I know what you mean

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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    So I found a book by Walter Carter on Epiphone. It has a lot more production info than the Epiphone webpage has. I do believe that the Epiphone Forum is no longer being used by anyone..
    The Caiola Custom #’s: 1963-8, 1964-30, 1965-47, 1966-24, 1967-102 & 1970-23: Total built: 227
    The Standard, which is basically the same guitar but has dot inlays, P-90’s and less binding.
    Totals: 1966-8, 1967-116, 1968-24, 1969-18, 1970-49
    Total Al Standards: 215
    So not many built compared to say the Casino’s where they made nearly 6,000

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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    So I found a book by Walter Carter on Epiphone. It has a lot more production info than the Epiphone webpage has. I do believe that the Epiphone Forum is no longer being used by anyone..
    The Caiola Custom #’s: 1963-8, 1964-30, 1965-47, 1966-24, 1967-102 & 1970-23: Total built: 227
    The Standard, which is basically the same guitar but has dot inlays, P-90’s and less binding.
    Totals: 1966-8, 1967-116, 1968-24, 1969-18, 1970-49
    Total Al Standards: 215
    So not many built compared to say the Casino’s where they made nearly 6,000
    Interesting that Carter's info is so far off from the shipping totals book.
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    Re: Anyone Know About Sixties Epi Al Caiola’s?

    Yeah, maybe he uncovered more.. who knows.. just thought I’d share it.

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