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1933 Epiphone Triumph
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Serial#: 6927, gold oval label
Body size at lower bout: 16 3/8". Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Finish: Sunburst finish, nitrocellulose type
Materials: Handcarved bookmatched solid spruce top, mahogany neck with 3 piece centerstripe, arched maple back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, mother-of-pearl dot fingerboard inlays; 3-banner scribed gold-leaf logo in bakelite peghead facing; bound fingerboard and body.
Hardware: Original nickel hardware includes open back tuners with oval keys, trapeze tailpiece, black bakelite teardrop pickguard. Compensated adjustable ebony bridge.
Notes: Epiphone's most popular professional sized instrument, the Triumph was introduced in 1931 with a compact 15" body design. This rare transitional example from 1933 is one of the first built with the larger 16" body, but retains the Masterbilt gold-leaf banner headstock, segmented f-holes, and 1 3/4" fingerboard of the earliest models.
The instrument is equipped with original open back tuners, trapeze tailpiece, and gleaming black bakelite pickguard. The solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard has pearloid binding, a comfy 8" radius, and a short-lived inlay dot pattern featuring double markers at the 7th fret. It's also one of the last Epis built with the generous 1 3/4" nut, beloved by fingerstyle and pick players alike, with a gentle C neck profile, and smooth low action over a fresh high-precision setup.
Maintained in wonderful condition, the instrument retains all original dark sunburst finish, and is remarkably free of cracks, pick or fingerboard wear, with some scattered lacquer nicks, confined mostly to the back. One nickel tuner is replaced with a machine of prewar vintage, and the guitar is pickup-ready, with a 1/4" jack installed in the lower treble side. And at barely 5lb, the instrument is phenomenally light weight and well balanced, on the lap or the strap.
With the fine, smooth thumbwear to vouch for its long career, this guitar has the wide open voice of a lovingly played-in instrument, with clear, resonant bass, and exceptional projection and punch. A rare and striking example of Epi's most popular model ever. One only: call now.
Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; 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 bronze strings (.013-.056). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" 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: Deluxe black arched plush lined hardshell case.