Yeah, Gibson Guitars bought out Epiphone back in the 50's.
After that they became thier low-cost, manufactured-over-seas brand. Basically the Gibsons are mostly hand made in America, and the Epis are mostly machine made in Asia somewhere.
The Epis meet most of the specs of the Gibson models they copy, and they are actually pretty high quality for low-price guitars.
If you have a professional setup done to them, and replace the electronics, most of them are pretty damn nice for what you pay.
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