Home / Instruments /Accessories / Ordering / Tips
1944 Epiphone Triumph, Ivory/Blonde
Status: Pricing and hold status for all instruments currently available is shown on our Instruments page here. If this instrument does not appear on the Instruments page it has been sold, and is no longer available. Photos and descriptions of Previously Sold instruments may be found here. To be notified of examples of this model or similar instruments in the future, please contact [email protected],. Please be specific on which instrument(s) you're looking for, and we'll be happy to contact you as soon as they become available.
Serial #: 51905, green New York label
Body size at lower bout: 17 3/8" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 11/16"
Finish: Original ivory/blonde finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type
Materials: Solid handcarved birdseye maple maple back and sides; solid carved soundboard; solid cherry neck with 3-ply walnut/maple centerstripe; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl inlay; ornate older "fleur de lis" style peghead inlay, triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock.
Hardware: 100% original hardware including original bridge (serial number 51905 stamped on underside of bridge foot matches label number); blonde maple bridge foot and rare original wartime octagonal bridge adjusting wheels; original "E-logo" tuners; original Frequensator tailpiece; rare original bound nitrocellulose tigerstripe tortoise pickguard in perfect condition, original frets, adjustable truss rod.
Notes: This guitar is a 100% original example of Epiphone's rarest finish color: the '000 white' or 'limed' ivory finish. According to Gruhn Guitars, this finish was used only on a few Triumphs, Broadways and Ritz model Epis from the wartime era. This unique finish is notable for its stunning opaque butterscotch color on the top, now yellowed to a golden amber. The birdseye maple back, sides and cherry neck are finished in a conventional clear natural blonde lacquer. A dramatic and exceptional sounding instrument, this is one of very few known examples of this rare and striking guitar.
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: Original black Epiphone hardshell case; "E-logo" in plush lining under lid.