Epiphone is a musical instrument manufacturer founded in 1873 by Anastasios Stathopoulos.. Epiphone is now a subsidiary of the Gibson Corporation. Because of this subsidiary relationship,many of the instruments are based upon the more expensive Gibson versions, but at a more affordable price point. Epiphone still maintains its own line of archtop guitars as well as some electric guitar and bass models. The name Epiphone evokes both history and the spirit of invention. The House of Stathopoulos has played a central role in every great musical era from the mandolin craze of the early 1900s to jazz age guitars of the 1920s; from swing era archtops through post-war pop, jazz, r&b, and early rock n' roll; and from the "British Invasion" to heavy metal, punk, grunge, and thrash. And now, in the 21st century, new Epiphone technical breakthroughs such as the ProBucker pickup, series parallel switching, built-in KillSwitch pots, the Shadow NanoFlex and NanoMag pickup systems, and premier acoustic/electric guitars with the eSonic preamp have brought Epiphone to a new generation.