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1945 Epiphone Triumph, Ivory/Blonde

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Serial #: 52748, New York label

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

Finish: Ivory/blonde finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type

Materials: Solid handcarved birdseye maple back and sides; solid carved soundboard; solid cherry wood 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: Original nickel hardware includes 16X1 Epsilon-logo tuners; unstamped Frequensator tailpiece; adjustable truss rod. Vintage correct bound nitrocellulose tortoise pickguard, compensated adjustable rosewood bridge.

Notes: This guitar is a remarkable example of Epiphone's rarest finish color: the '000 white' or 'limed' ivory finish. Used only on a few Triumphs, Broadways and Ritz model Epis from the middle of the wartime era, this unique finish is notable for its stunning opaque butterscotch color on the top. The solid slab cut maple back and sides and cherry neck are finished in a conventional clear natural blonde lacquer.

The instrument is in excellent condition, without cracks or pickwear, with playwear confined mostly to some normal thumbwear on the neck. Original nickel hardware includes 16X1 Epsilon-logo tuners, and a rare unstamped Frequensator tailpiece, seen only in this model year. The bound leopard shell pickguard was made from an original template, and the top finish professionally replaced over a decade ago in our shop. The guitar has smooth low action over a gentle C profile neck, with a fresh high-precision setup. With an exceptionally powerful voice, the tone is clear and open, with powerful bark and projection: a classic Epi horn-killer.

A dramatic and exceptional sounding instrument, this is one of a tiny handful of surviving examples of this rare and striking guitar. 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 (.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 black Epiphone hardshell case.























































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