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1941 Epiphone Broadway
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Serial #: 18261, 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: All-original hardware includes gold-plated Frequensator tailpiece and Epiphone 16x1 epsilon logo tuners, compensated adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge, bound firestripe tortoise pickguard, adjustable truss rod. Kent Armstrong Floating PAF humbucking pickup, volume control, and endpin jack.
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 ever designed, 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 fine example is in outstanding condition, with a particularly handsome tiger flame maple back, and a handcarved, quartersawn Adirondack spruce top. The guitar is fitted with all original gold hardware, including original Epi 16x1 tuners, the original "Patent Pending" Frequensator tailpiece, an adjustable truss rod, and the original adjustable compensated bridge with maple base, used only on natural finish instruments. A special plus is the striking original bound pickguard of true firestripe tortoise, with Kent Armstrong Floating PAF humbucking pickup, volume control, and endpin jack.
A beautifully maintained instrument, the guitar shows no cracks, checking, buckle, or thumb wear, and only a few scattered pick marks 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 original 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. 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 5/64" to 6/64" 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 arched brown plush lined hardshell case.