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 1942 Epiphone Triumph

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Serial #: 17514, green New York label

Body size at lower bout: 17 3/8" Scale length: 25 1/2". Nut width: 1 11/16"

Finish: Sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type

Materials: Solid handcarved bookmatched spruce top; solid flame back and sides; five-piece cherry/walnut neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl inlay; ornate "fleur de lis" style mother-of-pearl peghead inlay and diamond fingerboard inlays, bound body, fingerboard and headstock.

Hardware: Original nickel plated Epiphone 16X1 epsilon logo tuners; Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece; original compensated Brazilian rosewood bridge. Vintage correct hand-antiqued bound tortoise pickguard.

Notes: The Epiphone Triumph was introduced in 1932. Upsized in 1936, the Triumph became Epiphone's most popular full sized guitar until the company closed in the 50's. Though production all but ceased during the war years, a scant number of instruments eked their way out of the factory in this model year, and this handsome example is one of the lucky few. On these rare birds, it's not uncommon to see the sort of highly figured tonewood one associates with the top line Deluxe or Broadway models. Highlighted in the dark sunburst on the back is some deeply flamed tiger maple of wonderful satin figure.

The owner purchased the guitar brand new, and as a young naval officer, reportedly took the instrument to sea with him during the war, where it survived the duration in wonderful condition. The finish is all original, and apart from a small patch of buckle wear on the back, the instrument shows remarkably light playwear altogether. A single short crack has been soundly resealed by the bass soundhole, a bit of binding reglued at the waists, and the Frequensator tailpiece solidly brazed along the bend.

The voice is loud and punchy, with the bark and projection that can hold its own against an entire horn section. The neck has with smooth action, with a comfortable gentle C profile that sits easily in the hand. Inside the black faux-alligator case, the Epiphone epsilon logo is sculpted in the plush lining under the lid. A true veteran of the Greatest Generation, this gleaming guitar stands ready to answer the call of duty at a moment's notice. 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-.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: Deluxe arched black Epiphone plush lined hardshell case, with canvas case cover.



































































































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