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1946 Epiphone Broadway
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Serial #: 54757, blue New York label
Body size at lower bout: 17 3/8" Scale length: 25 1/2". Nut width: 1 11/16"
Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer type
Materials: Solid carved tiger maple back and sides; solid bookmatched quartersawn bearclaw carved spruce top; solid cherry neck with 3-ply walnut/maple centerstripe; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard; ornate vine style mother-of-pearl peghead and fingerboard inlay; triple-bound body; bound fingerboard and headstock.
Hardware: All-original gold hardware includes Frequensator tailpiece and epsilon-logo 16X1 tuners; adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge (serial number stamped on underside matches label number); hex-key adjustable truss rod. Vintage correct bound tortoise shell pickguard installed, original guard included in case.
Notes: We love forties Broadways, and we're not alone: we just can't seem to keep these guitars in stock. With the same body, materials and hardware as a Deluxe, at a player's price, the Broadway is an exceptional value in a true Golden Era archtop. This fine example is crafted of highly figured tiger flame maple, with an exquisite bearclaw spruce soundboard.
All original gold hardware is in place, including a rare unstamped Frequensator tailpiece, seen only on instruments from this immediate postwar period, and the epsilon logo sealed Epiphone 16:1 tuners. A gorgeous vintage correct bound leopard shell pickguard, made from an original template, is installed as well. The block pearl fingerboard inlays and the elegant vine peghead inlay form one of our favorite design combinations, contrasting elegantly with the formal dark sunburst finish. The neck has a gentle light V profile, with beautifully dressed fresh high fretwork making this guitar gig-ready right out of the case, an original Epi logo hardshell, every bit as handsome as the guitar itself.
The soundboard is carved to exceptionally fine tolerances, and the guitar is notably light in weight, barely 5lb. 10 oz. A single tight hairline crack has been soundly resealed near the tailpiece, and the back centerseam has been reglued and cleated, with a bit of light overspray applied to the area. The voice is powerful, with excellent clarity, and the headroom to project cleanly under aggressive pick attack: this guitar gives back whatever it takes, in spades.
An attractive example of one of Epiphone's most desirable archtops, every bit as gorgeous in tone as appearance. 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-.056). 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: Original brown Epiphone deluxe arched hardshell case, with epsilon logo in plush under lid.