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1935 Epiphone Triumph
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Serial#: 9592, blue New York label
Body size at lower bout: 16 1/2". Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Finish: Sunburst finish, nitrocellulose type
Materials: Handcarved bookmatched solid spruce top, solid mahogany neck with 3 piece centerstripe, solid tiger flame carved maple back, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, early floral pattern mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays; "snowflake" peghead inlay; bound fingerboard and body.
Hardware: Original Grover open back tuners; bound fire stripe pickguard; aged Pat. Pend Frequnsator tailpiece; adjustable compensated ebony bridge.
Notes: Introduced in 1931, the Epiphone Triumph was the firm's most popular professional series guitar. Originally built with a 15" body, the guitar was upsized to 16" in 1933, and by the following year, the floral fingerboard inlays appeared, a predecessor to the Triumph's later signature diamond inlay. The f-holes were redesigned in 1935, and by 1936, the Triumph had been enlarged to the 17" size it retained through the remainder of its production.
This guitar is a very rare example of this transitional model, with the 16" body, floral inlays, and cello style f-holes. The bound peghead also debuted this year, and the 3-ply top binding, as well as the bound tortoise pickguard. This example is fitted with a particularly striking vintage correct bound firestripe guard, original Grover tuners (with one vintage replacement) and an aged Pat. Pend. stamped Frequensator tailpiece.
At a scant 4lb. 15oz. the guitar is phenomenally light in weight, and the compact 16" body is a pleasure to hold. The solid maple back shows bookmatched tiger flame figure under a recent true nitro finish, and the original dark sunburst finish of the top has a light dusting of vintage style lacquer as well. The neck shows the thumbwear of a pro-played instrument, and a pair of small grainline cracks have been soundly resealed near the bass soundhole.
Action is smooth and low over fresh vintage style fretwork, with a high precision setup on the comfy medium C profile neck. This guitar has an open, resonant voice, with the clarity of finely aged tonewood, well played-in, with powerful volume and projection. A true bandstand veteran, and one of the rarest examples of Epi's most popular professional sized model. One only: call now.
Setup: 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; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished. Action is 4/64" to 5/64" at the 12th fret, and the guitar is strung with .013 medium phosphor bronze.
Case: Deluxe black arched velour-lined hardshell case.