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1941 Epiphone Broadway
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Serial #: 18271, New York label
Body size at lower bout: 17 3/8" Scale length: 25 1/2". Nut width: 1 11/16"
Materials: Solid handcarved highly figured tiger flame maple back and sides; solid bookmatched handcarved Adirondack spruce top; solid cherry neck with 3-ply walnut/maple centerstripe; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl inlay; ornate vine style mother-of-pearl peghead inlay and block fingerboard inlays, triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock.
Hardware: Original gold-plated Frequensator tailpiece and Epiphone 16x1 epsilon logo tuners, hex-key adjustable truss rod. Vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard, and adjustable maple/rosewood bridge.
Notes: Introduced in 1931, the Epiphone Broadway was a perennially popular model, and has remained in production, in various versions, on and off to this day. Built with the same body size and scale length as the Deluxe, the Broadway sports the same gold hardware, powerful voice and playable neck of its costlier cousin.
Many feel the Broadway peghead vine is among the most graceful inlays of the era, and this example is no exception. Upsized to 17 3/8" inches in 1935, the Broadway was first offered in a natural blonde finish (for a premium price) for the first time 1n 1939.
This exceptional example is in outstanding condition, with an exceptionally vivid bookmatched curly flame maple back, and a handcarved, quartersawn Adirondack spruce top. The guitar is fitted with original gold hardware, including Epi 16x1 tuners, the "Patent Pending" Frequensator tailpiece, and an adjustable truss rod. The adjustable bridge has a rosewood saddle and a maple base, used only on natural finish instruments, and a vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard has been fitted to the instrument as well.
An unusually pristine exmple, the guitar shows no cracks, pick, buckle, or thumb wear, and only a few wisps of scattered checking in the all-original amber blonde finish. Binding is tight, tailpiece is solid, and the guitar has a fresh high-precision setup. The action is smooth and low over a gentle C profile neck, very easy in the hand, with fine pro fretwork. The voice is open and clear, with the power, depth and resonance of a true big band horn killer.
As versatile as it is eyecatching, this blonde beauty is a rare find, and a positive powerhouse on the bandstand. And you won't find a prettier one, on this or any other planet. One only: call now.
Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished as necessary; 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-.057). 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: Original deluxe Epiphone arched brown plush lined hardshell case.