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1949 Epiphone Broadway Cutaway

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Serial #: 59037, New York label

Body size at lower bout: 17 3/8" Scale length: 25 1/2". Nut width: 1 11/16" Neck depth: 1st/10th frets: .93/1.04

Materials: Solid carved AAAA tiger maple back and sides; solid carved Adirondack spruce top; solid cherry neck with 3-ply walnut/maple centerstripe; solid rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl inlay; pearl vine peghead inlay and block fingerboard inlays, triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock.

Hardware: Original gold hardware includes Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece; 16x1 Epsilon logo tuners; compensated adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge; hex-key adjustable truss rod. Vintage correct triple bound swirl tortoise pickguard. Reissue DeArmond 1100 floating pickup with thumbwheels volume and tone controls, 1/4" endpin jack.

Notes: When Epiphone's tonewood buyer set eyes on this spectacular billet of Bigleaf maple, sometime after WWII, he must have taken in a very deep breath indeed.

Epiphone's ornate Broadway models have always been hard to come by. But the cutaway versions are almost vanishingly scarce, as the firm inexplicably dawdled behind Gibson for a full decade until they finally offered a cutaway option on their top-line models. Introduced in 1949, the Broadway Cutaway (later Regent) was produced in very limited numbers for only five years, until the last one was built in 1954.

This stunning example is one of only three we have ever had the pleasure to offer, and is crafted with some of the most intensely figured maple we have ever seen on an Epiphone instrument. Its exceptionally vivid tiger maple back is masterfully bookmatched, with dramatic rollers of the deepest figure imaginable. The soundboard shows the wider, more colorful grain pattern typical of Adirondack spruce, the strongest and most desirable of top woods, which had already become scarce in the postwar era.

This rare example is one of the very few adorned with the classic vine peghead inlay, soon to be replaced by a somewhat ungainly dogwood floral pattern. Maintained in gleaming condition without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and shows no apparent structural cracks. The instrument retains all its original gold hardware, and sports a well seasoned older lacquer finish, professionally replaced some decades ago, with a few wisps of scattered age checking here and there. A fine older bound tortoise pickguard is installed as well, with a reissue gold DeArmond 1100 floating pickup with thumbwheel volume and tone controls and a 1/4" endpin jack.

The guitar has the big, vibrant voice of a finely aged carved-top, and the gentle C profile neck is inviting in the hand, with smooth low action over a fresh high precision setup. The original brown Epiphone hardshell case is every bit as handsome as well. A superb player, and one of the most striking examples we've ever seen: a highly collectible example of Epi's finest work. One only: call now

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel flatwound strings. The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at .070-.080 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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