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1944 Epiphone Olympic

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Serial #: 50832, New York Epiphone label

Body size at lower bout: 15 1/2" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 11/16"

Finish: Original dark sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type

Materials: Hand carved solid spruce top; maple back and sides; one-piece mahogany neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard; script peghead inlay, single-bound body, bone nut

Hardware: All original hardware includes contoured celluloid pickguard; original adjustable rosewood bridge with wartime hexagonal bridgewheels; original nickel trapeze tailpiece with wartime rosewood crossbar; original nickel three-on-a-plate tuners; adjustable hex-key truss rod.

Notes: One of the original Epi archtop models, the Olympic was introduced in 1931, and remained in the catalog until 1949. Originally sporting a 13" mahogany body, the Olympic was upsized twice to it's final 15 1/2" body design. Unlike the Gibson archtops of comparable size, the Olympic and its other Epi cousins all had long scale necks and suspended fingerboards, thereby enhancing their formidable projection and bark.

Like many, we'd assumed for years that these models would be fairly plentiful. However, after alt-country guitar hero David Rawlings adopted the Olympic as his all-purpose touring and recording guitar, we began getting requests for them that we just couldn't fill at any price. And when collectors began searching them out in earnest, it quickly became apparent just how seldom these rarities come to market, much less in excellent original condition like this.

An 100% original guitar from one of the leanest production years, this fine example sports rare wartime features including the rosewood tailpiece crossbar and hexagonal metal bridgewheels. Entirely crack free, the guitar shows no pick or thumbwear, and only typical scattered finish dings. A marvel of clarity and projection, this little wonder has the bark to match much bigger dogs, indeed.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished as required; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted as required; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridgewheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel strings (.013-.057). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Plushlined hardshell case.









































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