Bob Cage - Guitarist
Bob Cage is the great-grandson of Anastasios Stathopoulo, who founded the company which later became Epiphone. His uncles, and the master craftsmen they employed, created fine instruments, and responded to the specific needs of musicians, promoting innovation and creativity. Bob wishes to honor what they did, by creating his own music on their fine instruments, and to encourage those who continue the family tradition of a devotion to Craftsmanship supporting Musical Excellence.
As a professional musician who lives in the Hudson Valley and has performed locally, regionally, and nationally, Bob Cage has been honored to share the stage with many well-known musicians over the years, including Larry Coryell and Les Paul, and he has appeared twice on Bob Miles' "Miles of Music" TV show. Of course; as one of the surviving heirs of Anastasios Stathopoulo, he was also mentioned in the "House of Stathopoulo" book.
Bob's album "Flat Top", which demonstrates the sound of early 20th century Epiphone flat-top acoustic guitars, is now available from Bob, or via CDBaby. Bob's uncles were paramount at perfecting the arch-top guitar design, for which they earned wide acclaim. Epiphone was the main industrial builder of arch-top guitars. Before the arch-top and "Big-Band" sound of the 30s and 40s, however, there were flat-top guitars playing blues, jazz and ragtime music. These guitars had their own individual sound. Two of Bob's own Epiphone flat-top guitars are featured in the standards included on his "Flat-Top" album; a simple mahogany O Style flat-top guitar, with a beautiful warm tone, which can be seen in the "House of Stathopoulo" book, and an F.T.50; a wonderful guitar with a cherrywood neck which was discontinued in the 1940s.
When the line was first introduced, Bob received one of Epiphone's new Masterbilt Acoustic guitars as a gift in appreciation for his input, and in response to his album. Click here to see his comments, or click on the Guitars link shown at left.