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1933 Epiphone Triumph
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Serial#: 6786, gold New York label
Body size at lower bout: 16 3/8". Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 3/4" Neck depth: .89/1.08, 1st/10th frets
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 Grover G-98 Sta-Tite tuners, trapeze tailpiece, compensated adjustable rosewood bridge. Vintage correct bound black teardrop pickguard.
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 compensated adjustable rosewood bridge, with a gleaming vintage correct bound black pickguard. The solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard has a very 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, full C neck profile, and smooth low action over a fresh high-precision setup.
The instrument has been carefully maintained, with several cracks by the soundholes and endpin soundly resealed, some scattered finish wear to the back and sides, and a light application of vintage style nitro lacquer added to the original sunburst finish on the top. At a scant 4lb, 10oz, the instrument is phenomenally light weight and well balanced, with an unusually powerful, commanding voice: a true acoustic cannon. With the fine, smooth thumbwear to vouch for its long career, this guitar has the wide open timbre of a well seasoned instrument, with clear, resonant bass, and exceptional projection and punch.
Epis from this earliest era are hard to find, and worth the hunt. A fine example of Epi's most popular professional series guitar. 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.