original post response by Shifty: They have hard maple necks, not ebony and nowhere in that text is the word premium mentioned regarding the neck wood. Let me elaborate on what I said earlier. Woods: Epiphones are made out of Asian mahogany, alder and maple. Those woods are cheap and readily available. Gibsons are made of Honduran mahogany and maple (IIRC mostly American species, sometimes eastern maple). Those woods are more expensive, not as readily available as the Asian woods and more resonant (better tonewoods). Construction: Gibsons mostly have 1-piece, sometimes 2-piece backs. The tops are made out of 2 pieces of matched maple. They have to be more selective when buying their woods, which adds to the cost. Epiphone just buys wood in bulks and slaps multiple pieces together to make the body and top. They don't have to care about looks as the guitars are going to be wrapped in veneers, anyway. This keeps the costs down. The necks on Gibsons are one piece necks, whereas the Epiphones have 3-piece necks (2-piece on some models, e.g the Slash signatures). This also means that Gibson has to select their neck woods more carefully, which again adds to the costs. Not to mention the fact that Epiphone doesn't always stick to their specs and uses whatever wood they have lying around. The differences between the poly and nitro finish are obvious and I won't go into detail about hardware and electronics as these things can be changed easily. What can't be changed are the woods a guitar is made of and the construction methods used to make the guitar and that's where there's still a remarkable gap between Gibson and Epiphone. It's good to see that Epiphone steps up their game, but as we can see, the models where they do it are also far more expensive than your "run of the mill" Epiphone. end quote. Other than the ebony fretboard which I know epiphone does have, can anyone provide documentation of this ? Other than repeating what others have said.