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1946 Epiphone Triumph

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Serial #: 55474

Body size at lower bout: 17 3/8" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 11/16" Neck depth: .93/1.00, 1st/10th frets

Finish: Original sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type

Materials: Solid carved quartersawn bookmatched spruce top; solid carved figured maple back; rock maple sides and five-piece neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard; split-diamond pattern abalone fingerboard inlay and "column" style peghead inlay, triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock; bone nut.

Hardware: Original nickel hardware includes Frequensator tailpiece, "Epsilon-logo" tuners, hex-key adjustable truss rod, adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge. Vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard, K&K Pure Archtop pickup, with endpin jack.

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.

The soundboard is finely carved of solid quartersawn bookmatched spruce, with a solid carved maple back, sides and neck. The fingerboard is solid Brazilian rosewood, with a classic light V profile, with smooth low action over a fresh, high precision setup. The binding is original and tight to the body, and the original nickel hardware is in excellent condition, with the original unstamped postwar Frequensator tailpiece solidly brazed at the bend. Completing the gear is 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, thumb or fingerboard wear. The neck angle and bridge height are both excellent, and a single short grainline crack near the pickguard has been soundly resealed. At just 5lb 10oz, 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. And finally, this handsome devil remains ensconced in its original Epiphone hardshell case.

A true best buy, and an ideal acoustic axe for the working player. One only: call now.

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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