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c.1949 Epiphone Zephyr Electar Amplifier

Status: SOLD This item has been purchased by one of our customers, and is no longer available for sale. For instruments now available, please visit our Instruments section here. To be notified of examples of this model or similar instruments as they arrive, please contact joev@archtop.com. Please be specific on which instrument(s) you're looking for, and we'll be happy to contact you as soon as they become available.

We don't as a rule offer amplifiers, but just couldn't resist this cutie. It's an original Epiphone Electar Zephyr amp from the late 40's in wonderful condition. Epiphone began amp production on a cottage industry basis in the mid 1930's, with units hand built by a high schooler named Nat Daniel, who later went to fame as the namesake of the legendary Danelectro line. After the war, Epi expanded their amp line with a series that culminated with this model, the Zephyr.

Perhaps responding to bandleader's anxieties over the ungainly and often unreliable early amplifiers for the emerging electric guitars, Epi designed a streamlined, art deco amp cabinet whose lines precisely mirrored those of the classic bandstands of the Big Band era. With controls discreetly hidden in the sloping top, and the Epiphone logo emblazoned over the tweed grille cloth, the blonde maple cabinet with the walnut stripe would blend seamlessly into the most elegant of front lines. Even the nickel-plated handle fits the concept, echoing the look of an old fashioned stand light.

With twin 6L5GC power tubes and it's original 12" Rola speaker, the Electar produces a smooth, clean and warm tone, not unlike that of the older Fender Deluxe. Cabinet dimensions are 23" in height by 16" in width, with the depth tapering distinctively from 9 1/2" at the bottom to 8" at the top. This example is in outstanding condition, with freshly replaced capacitors and a new grounded power cord for quiet, safe and reliable operation. A metal well in the back serves as a cord storage area, with a small cutout in the back panel suggesting that an aftermarket vibrato unit was once attached and then removed.

Take it to your next gig at the Chrysler Building. No extra charge for the lightning bolt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Please note: This guitar has been purchased by one of our customers, and is no longer available for sale. For instruments now available, please visit our Instruments section here. To be notified of examples of this model or similar instruments as they arrive, please contact joev@archtop.com. Please be specific on which instrument(s) you're looking for, and we'll be happy to contact you as soon as they become available.