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1947 Epiphone Triumph

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Serial #: 56167

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

Finish: Original sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type

Materials: Handcarved solid quartersawn bookmatched spruce top; solid handcarved 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 Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece; "Epsilon-logo" tuners; hex-key adjustable truss rod; adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge. Vintage correct bound firestripe tortoise pickguard, Acoustic Archtop pickup with endpin jack, Schatten Mini-Pre outboard preamp and volume control.

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.

This vibrant guitar is a true bandstand veteran, with the clear, open voice only decades of play can convey. One of the very last Triumphs with the graceful prewar 'snowflake' peghead inlay, discontinued later that year, this guitar shows fine smooth thumbwear running the length of the neck, the best indication of a long professional career.

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, pearl inlaid, with a classic light V profile, easy in the hand, and quite contemporary in feel. The binding is original and tight to the body, and the original nickel hardware is in excellent condition, with the tailpiece bend soundly reinforced. Completing the gear is a stunning bound firestripe pickguard, custom made from an original template. The neck angle and bridge height are both excellent, and the action is smooth and low over a fresh, high precision setup. Several grainline cracks have been soundly resealed, and the finish on back and sides protected with a light overcoat of vintage style nitro lacquer.

The voice is deeply resonant, with the power and projection to cut through an entire horn section, or the biggest outdoor jam session. The instrument is gig-ready with a removable Acoustic Archtop pickup placed under the bridge foot, with endpin jack and Schatten Mini-Pre outboard preamp and volume control. And finally, this trouper is nestled in its original brown Epiphone hardshell case.

Let her rip: this player is the real deal, with headroom to burn. 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.

Case: Original brown Epiphone plush lined arched hardshell case.






















































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