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1934 Epiphone Triumph
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Serial#: 8215, blue New York label
Body size at lower bout: 16 1/2". Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11/16" Neck depth: .85/1.06
Materials: Handcarved bookmatched solid spruce top, mahogany neck with 3 piece centerstripe, solid handcarved tiger flame carved maple back, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, early variegated diamond pattern mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays; "snowflake" peghead inlay; bound fingerboard and body.
Hardware: Original nickel trapeze tailpiece, Epiphone adjustable rosewood bridge with serial # stamped on underside of base; original black bakelite teardrop pickguard. Vintage correct Grover Sta-Tite style 16x1 butterbean tuners, Archtop Acoustic soundboard pickup with 1/4" endpin jack.
Notes: We're pleased to present another distinguished instrument from the personal collection of LB Fred, co-author of the definitive Epiphone book: The House of Stathopoulo. A full front shot of this squeaky-clean example of a 16" prewar Triumph is featured in the color plates on page C-21. (Originally identified as a '35, this guitar's serial number has been more accurately re-dated to 1934 in the updated Epiphone database here.)
But that's just part of the story. Now you can appreciate what the readers never saw: the wonderfully bookmatched solid handcarved tiger maple back with the sort of figure one might expect to see in a Deluxe or Emperor.
The instrument is in superb condition, without pick or buckle wear, and is equipped with its original tuners, tailpiece, and gleaming bakelite pickguard. The inlays are notable, as they mark the first appearance of the classic Triumph 'diamond' fingerboard inlay, interspersed with an older more floral design, as well as the classic 'snowflake' headstock inlay, with script Epiphone logo.
It would appear the guitar was sent back to the factory long ago, as a 40's vintage Epi label and bridge are installed, both bearing the original serial number. Some small grooves in the fingerboard have been filled and leveled, the centerseam on the back resealed, and a bit of light overspray added to the back and neck. A special plus is the addition of the Archtop Acoustic soundboard pickup with 1/4" endpin jack, to optimize versatility, amplified or unplugged.
This guitar has a sparkling clear voice, with plenty of punch and a nice open ring; the sound of old, dry wood in top condition, with volume to burn. An outstanding example of a rare version of Epi's most popular model ever. One only, call now.
Case: Deluxe black arched plush lined hardshell case