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1945 Epiphone Triumph

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Serial #: 53604

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

Materials: Handcarved solid spruce top; solid handcarved flame maple back; maple sides; five-piece maple neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge; diamond-pattern fingerboard inlay and "fleur-de-lis" style peghead inlay, triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock, original bone nut.

Hardware: Original Epsilon-logo 16X1 tuners. Stamped chrome Frequensator tailpiece, compensated adjustable rosewood bridge, hex-key adjustable truss rod. Vintage correct bound leopard shell tortoise pickguard with Benedetto floating humbucking pickup, volume knob, stealth thumbwheel tone control, 1/4" jack under guard.

Notes: The Epiphone Triumph was introduced in 1932, becoming Epi's most popular full sized guitar until the company closed in the 50's. Though priced competitively with the Gibson L-7, the wartime Triumph offered a sunburst back and neck, an upscale feature unseen on its Gibson counterpart. This example is a true New York Epiphone owned and played by jump blues guitar master Duke Robillard. With the graceful prewar snowflake peghead inlay, the guitar is also fitted with it's original Epsilon-logo 16X1 tuners. A stamped Gibson era Frequensator tailpiece is installed, along with a vintage correct bound leopard shell tortoise pickguard with Benedetto floating humbucking pickup, bakelite volume knob, stealth thumbwheel tone control, and a 1/4" jack installed under the guard.

The guitar is largely free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and the original dark sunburst finish is protected with a light overspray to the top and sides. Binding is original and tight to the body, and a pair of grainline cracks have been soundly resealed in the top. The action is fast and low over fresh pro fretwork, and the voice is clear, bright and powerful. The instrument is accompained by a letter of provenance signed by the artist. An exceptionally attractive example of our most popular Epiphone ever.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished as necessary; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; as required; 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; bridge wheels 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 plush lined hardshell case.

















































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