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1947 Epiphone Triumph

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Serial #: 56537

Body size at lower bout: 17 3/8" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 11/16" Neck depth: .94/1.01`, 1st/10th frets

Finish: Original sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type

Materials: Solid hand graduated spruce top; solid rock maple back, sides and neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard; split-diamond pattern pearl fingerboard inlay and abalone column style peghead inlay, triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock; bone nut.

Hardware: Original nickel hardware includes Frequensator tailpiece, adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge, hex-key adjustable truss rod. Vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard and heel cap, vintage nickel Grover Rotomatic tuners.

Notes: The Epiphone Triumph was introduced in 1932, becoming Epi's most popular pro-sized guitar until the company closed in the 50's. Designed in the height of the big-band era, the Triumph has always been a favorite for players wanting maximum bang for the buck. Built with the same materials, scale length, and body design as the upscale Deluxe and Broadway models, the Triumph delivers all the sound and feel of the most costly guitars in the line at a fraction of the cost.

One of the first examples with the postwar 'column' peghead inlay, this guitar boasts a soundboard finely carved of solid quartersawn bookmatched spruce, and a solid carved maple back, sides and neck. The fingerboard is solid Brazilian rosewood, with a classic light V neck profile, with smooth low action over a fresh, high precision setup on fine original fretwork.

The multi-ply binding is all original and tight to the body, and the original no-logo postwar Frequensator tailpiece has been solidly brazed at the bend. The adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge is original as well, with the addition of a vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard, from an original template.

The all original deep sunburst finish shows remarkably little in the way of pick, buckle, or fingerboard wear. Apart from a bit of scuffing from an old DeArmond control box, and a few incidental lacquer nicks, most of the playwear is right where we like it: on the back of the lovely, smooth maple neck. Often professionally played, guitars with thumbwear the length of the neck have the open, vibrant resonance of a soundboard well seasoned by decades of age, and years of vigorous play. No matter how well they may be crafted, there is simply no newly built guitar that can give you such a clear, throbbing voice, at any price.

At just 5lb 13oz, the instrument is happily lightweight and nicely balanced, with the power and projection to cut through an entire horn section, or the biggest outdoor jam session. A single short grainline crack has been soundly resealed near the bass soundhole, with a bit of spot finish applied to the area. The neck angle and bridge height are both excellent, and the trussrod at the end of the fingerboard has been recently adjusted.

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Case: Newer deluxe Epiphone logo plush lined hardshell case.

Setup: 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.






















































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