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1947 Epiphone Triumph

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Serial #: 56202

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

Materials: Carved solid Adirondack spruce top; caved solid maple back; five-piece curly maple neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge; pearl diamond-pattern fingerboard inlay; "fleur-de-lis" style peghead inlay, triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock, bone nut; pearl fingerboard and abalone peghead inlays.

Hardware: Original hardware includes Epsilon-logo 16X1 tuners; Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece; compensated adjustable ebony bridge; adjustable truss rod. Vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard.

Notes: The Epiphone Triumph was introduced in 1932, becoming Epi's most popular full sized guitar until the company closed in the mid 50's. Priced competitively with the Gibson L-7, the Triumph is structurally identical to the upscale Epi Deluxe and Broadway models. This example is an original New York Epiphone and a great player; powerful, bright and easy on the hands. The solid carved bookmatched solid spruce top is carved of Appalachian Red Spruce, North America's most highly prized tonewood, now virtually unobtainable in these dimensions.

This gleaming example is one of the last to bear the prewar fleur-de-lis peghead inlay, which was retired later this model year. Also this guitar is one of the first to revive the solid pearl fingerboard inlays, replacing the enamel inlays of the immediate postwar period. The binding is tight and all original, and guitar is fitted with original 16x1 Epsilon logo tuners, and its solid Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece. All original dark sunburst finish is intact, with remarkably little pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. Several cracks near the bass soundhole have been soundly cleated and resealed, with a bit of light overspray added, and the back shows a single light surface scratch.

The action is fast and low over precision leveled fretwork, and the neck has a comfy, contemporary gentle C profile. The voice is exceptionally clear, even and powerful, with surpassing projection: the open tone only a well-played vintage soundboard can deliver. A fine 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 black arched plush lined hardshell case.





















































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