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1943 Epiphone Triumph

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Serial #: 50552, blue New York label

Body size at lower bout: 17 3/8" Scale length: 25 1/2". Nut width: 1 11/16" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .88/1.02

Materials: Handcarved bookmatched tiger-flame maple back, maple sides; solid bookmatched handcarved Adirondack spruce top; solid cherry neck with maple and walnut centerstripes; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl inlay; prewar snowflake mother-of-pearl peghead inlay and diamond fingerboard inlays, triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock, bone nut.

Hardware: Original nickel-plated epsilon-logo tuners; correct vintage style nickel Frequensator tailpiece, adjustable compensated rosewood bridge, hex-key adjustable truss rod. Vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard.

Notes: The Epiphone Triumph was introduced in 1932, becoming Epi's most popular full sized guitar until the company closed in the 50's. Priced competitively with the Gibson L-7, the Triumph is structurally identical to the upscale Deluxe and Broadway models. This example is a handsome New York Epiphone: powerful, bright and easy to play.

With its graceful prewar snowflake peghead inlay in lovely ambered pearl, the guitar is also fitted with the original epsilon logo tuning pegs, among the earliest 16:1 guitar tuners. The body is constructed of extravagantly figured tiger flame maple, and the solid handcarved bookmatched soundboard is carved of Adirondack red spruce, North America's most highly prized tonewood, now virtually unobtainable in these dimensions.

This example has been restored to excellent condition, with an immaculate recent vintage style amber blonde nitrocellulose finish, without pick, buckle, or thumbwear of any kind. A pair of hairline cracks near the back centerseam have been soundly resealed, the binding is tight to the body, and the action is fast and low over fresh precision fretwork. The voice is extremely powerful, with clear open bass and sparkling highs, and powerful projection and cutting power, dwarfing modern guitars many times more costly.

From the rarest years of production, and a handsome example of our most popular pro-sized Epiphone model, gig ready, right out of the box. One only: 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. 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: Molded black plush lined hardshell case with arched lid.




















































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