Edmar Castaneda (Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, John Patitucci) came by the Epifani shop to check out some gear.
Call it fate or call it destiny, some things were just meant to happen. When Nick Epifani started his journey from Torino, Italy, to New York City, he had no idea that one day his ideas and innovations would shape the way bass gear is manufactured, designed, and heard. And this from a drummer-turned-guitarist who started a company in his garage and played mad scientist with bass-cabinet designs. As a chronic tinkerer, Epifani had been modding guitar amps and cabinets from day one. Never quite satisfied with tones, he set out to either make a better cabinet or alter the amp to his liking. The result was a cab that not only shook foundations (literally and figuratively), but broke new ground for the bass world. His bass cabinets and amps have steadily risen in popularity over the years, and they can now be found onstage with many of the most capable bassists on the planet.
But while Epifani may not have foreseen how his design would change the bass universe, his success was no accident. His first cabs were labors of love produced one at a time at home. For 10 years, he worked there by day, and every night he’d set out to jazz clubs to introduce his wares to players around the city. After a fateful meeting with representatives from Fodera Guitars, his business really caught afire as players such as Matt Garrison (Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock), Lincoln Goines (Mike Stern, Carly Simon, Robert Palmer), and Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Madonna) began using his cabinets and amps onstage and in the studio.
We recently spoke with Epifani about his innovations—from the first cabinet he built in Italy for his brother to his latest digital amps and cabinets—his perseverance, and his steadfast determination to blaze a path all his own.
The great Lincoln Goines (Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Michel Camilo) stopped by the Epifani shop to talk about how he gets his amazing sound.
We went and got ourselves a shiny new website and we're in the mood to celebrate. This week only (6/3 to 6/10 at midnight) we're offering FREE SHIPPING on everything in the Epifani store, and any Epifani gear from participating Epifani Authorized Dealers.
Just use the code FREESHIPBG at checkout and enjoy your awesome new gear!
So is aluminum a worthy material for a bass-cab design? After rigorous testing in different environments, the AL 112 combo certainly makes a compelling argument. Epifani has used it to engineer a metallic masterpiece that delivers the best of what your bass has to offer in a sturdy, powerful package. This combo may be the ultimate one-trip-rig for a working bassist at any level. It sounded so good, no matter what I threw at it, that I was able to stop worrying about my gear and completely focus on what really matters—making music.