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Several other models, such as the Sheraton and John Lennon Casinos, were built in Japan and assembled and finished by Gibson USA.
with the production and distribution being managed by Aria, in cooperation with Gibson.
Stathopoulo moved to the United States in 1903 and continued to make his original instruments, as well as mandolins, from Long Island City in Queens, New York.
In 1957 Epiphone, Inc., of New York City was purchased by Chicago Musical Instrument Co. This is the same company that bought Gibson in 1944) and given the name Epiphone, Inc. CMI took great measures to keep Gibson and Epiphone separate in different buildings each with its own management team.In 1957 the company was acquired by CMI who also owned Gibson, Lowrey, Selmer and others.After Epiphone became a subsidiary of Norlin [Gibson's Parent after 1969], many of its instruments were later patterned after the more expensive Gibson versions.The other Kalamazoo-made Epiphones had technical or cosmetic relationship with the similar Gibson version.