Despite Al Caiola never participated in its design, the versatile guitarist gladly endorsed the guitar. The model also made some time in the hands of Barry Tashian (The Remains) and even Tom Verlaine (Television).
The Cailoa has a hollow body but no f-holes, two mini-humbuckers and sports an unusual 25 1/2 scale length (at least in Gibson’s book. Pictured is a 1968 Cailoa Custom in Walnut.
1964 Epiphone Coronet. Nearly two years after Epiphone’s acquisition by Gibson, the Coronet was released in 1959, as a clear child of this alliance. In many ways, It was to Epiphone what the Les Paul Junior is to Gibson: A good basic, reliable student model.