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1950 Epiphone Broadway
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Serial #: 61106, blue New York label
Body size at lower bout: 17 3/8" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 11/16" Neck depth: .90/1.06, 1st/10th frets
Materials: Solid carved tiger maple back and sides; solid carved Adirondack spruce top; solid cherry neck with 3-ply walnut/maple centerstripe; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard; ornate vine style mother-of-pearl peghead and fingerboard inlay; triple-bound body; bound fingerboard and headstock.
Hardware: All original gold hardware includes epsilon-logo 16X1 tuners; Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece; adjustable compensated bridge; hex-key adjustable truss rod, bound epsilon logo tortoise shell pickguard.
Notes: We love postwar Broadways, and we're not alone: we just can't seem to keep these guitars in stock. With the same body, materials and hardware as a Deluxe, the Broadway is an exceptional value in a true Golden Era archtop. This spectacular example is crafted of intensely figured birseye maple, the rarest variety found in archtop guitars, along with a bookmatched, highly figured solid Adirondack spruce soundboard.
The block pearl fingerboard inlays and the elegant vine peghead inlay form one of our favorite design combinations, contrasting elegantly with the deep formal sunburst finish. Original gold hardware includes the epsilon logo sealed Epiphone 16:1 tuners, Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece, and the adjustable compensated rosewood bridge. The rare original epsilon logo bound tortoise pickguard has survived the decades in remarkable shape as well.
The neck has a gentle light V profile, with fine original fretwork making this guitar gig-ready right out of the case. True to form, the guitar is exceptionally light in weight for a 17" archtop, barely 5lb. 14oz. A true closet queen, this stunning guitar is crack free, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. All binding is original and tight to the body, and the original Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece is solid at the bend. The original deep amber blonde finish is preserved under a light dusting of clear nitro lacquer, now old enough to show a few wisps of light checking of its own. Apart from a few incidental lacquer nicks, about the only sign of play on this gleaming guitar is a light imprint where a DeArmond floating pickup must have rested long ago at the end of the fingerboard.
With smooth low action over a fresh high precision setup, the guitar has an unusually powerful voice; clear and vibrant with exceptionally fine clarity and projection. You won't find a prettier one either, and she sounds every bit as good as she looks, sitting snugly in its original Epiphone logo hardshell case.
Simply spectacular, and just as fine as they come: 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). 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.