Epiphone Pronunciation

Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by surfer777, Jul 19, 2008.

How do you pronounce "Epiphone"

  1. Epi-phone

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  2. Ep-i-fuh-nee

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  3. Other

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  1. surfer777

    surfer777 Senior Member

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    I've always wondered how to pronounce "epiphone" because I've heard both epi-phone and ep-i-fuh-nee, and I prefer to use ep-i-fuh-nee because I like the way it sounds better. I've also come to the conclusion that there really is no right or wrong way to pronounce the name, so as seen in the poll question, how do you pronounce epiphone? If you choose other, specify in a post because I'm interested in how you guys say epiphone. And I'm sorry if this post comes up a lot, I searched and I couldn't find any posts (though I am lazy when it comes to searching).

    Oh yeah---I found this from an article I was reading, pretty interesting in regards to the pronunciation:

    "As far as Epiphone goes, I always think the Epi-fohn pronunciation is indicative of the typical guitarist's world view: literal, face-value, un-figurative. And of course my "Epiphany" pronunciation is indicative of my hoity toity namby pamby poetic and slightly paranoid view of the world.

    But think of this. The word "Epiphany" comes from the Greek epiphaneia (manifestation) or epiphainesthai, to appear. And the Epiphone Musical Instrument Company, as it happens, was founded by one Epimanondas Stathopoulo, whose surname is the Ellis Island version of Stathopoulos (yes, Mr Yankee Immigration Functionary, removing that "s" from the end of the name made it so much more American and intelligible).

    So, a Greek company, founded by a guy whose name was shortened to Epi, whose company name Epiphone could conceivably be pronounced to rhyme with the Greek-origin word Epiphany... what price now that my pronunciation is correct, and the rest of you are ignorant redneck shitkicking hicks? Huh?"

    Pretty cool!
     
  2. Sinmastah

    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    So you hear people saying, ep-e-funny? Where the hell do you live :shock:
     
  3. surfer777

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    haha well maybe i lied a tad, i'm the only one who calls it ep-i-fuh-nee because that's the way i read the name the first time i saw it. i asked some of my buddies and they said "oh yeah, maybe it is called ep-i-fuh-nee..." so we never really figured it out.
     
  4. Sinmastah

    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    You think of baritone, susaphone, melophone, any instrument with phone at the end, its like phone, like the telephone. Epi is the prefix because of the persons who founded Eiphone had a son named Epi. At least I think so.
     
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    voxac30dude Senior Member

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    it's pronuonced epi-phone
     
  6. dennistruckdriver

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    It is pronounced: throat warbler mangrove....
     
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    This gets my official dumbest thread of the week award.. CONGRATS!
     
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    :lol:
     
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    :thumb:
     
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    I did have some jackass in a guitar shop while I was stationed in Korea (another American) argue with me - ARGUE - about how it is "Epiphany" rather than "Epiphone."

    "Sound it out, MAN. Its E - Pif - O - Nee. Epiphany" "No, really, its Epiphone. Its the combination of the founder's name and 'phone' as in 'sound.'" He says, "no, you're wrong. Just sound it out, man." I went on to explain how Epiphany is spelled, and he still didn't get it.

    Dumbasses!
     
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    I know if I was in that situation I'd have said nothing and let the bloke continue looking like a numbty, out of sheer meaness:applause:
     
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    The root of this unfortunate and terrible thread is in the hands of the dumbasses who cannot read or pronounce simple contractions such as Epi-Phone. :D I've encountered it a couple of times, but the worst was the story in my previous post. That guy was a fucking moron, and was convinced that I was the idiot...
     
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    I encounter that nearly every day. I am beginning to wonder.....:confused:
     
  14. diceman

    diceman V.I.P. Member

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    NO! Everyone else is an idiot, it isn't me!
    :hmm:

    Or is it?

    :wow:
     
  15. Sinmastah

    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Reminds me of everyday dealing with customers at Mc.Donalds.
     
  16. diceman

    diceman V.I.P. Member

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    Stay in school. I'd hate for you to have that job forever!!! :D
     
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    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Thanks for the tip! Only 5 more days left. Whoooo!!!! Party. My guitars would be sad if I only had that job too, they wouldn't have many more buddies.
     
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    But it's spelled "Sir Walter Luxury Yacht"

    :D

    BB
     
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    Your 2nd pronunciation is more along the lines of

    Epiphany: a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.

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    Epi-Phone
     

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