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1950 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent
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Serial #: 60562, blue 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: .90/1.05
Materials: Figured maple laminate back and sides; arched laminate spruce top; solid maple neck with 3-ply walnut/maple centerstripe; mother-of-pearl peghead inlay and V-block fingerboard inlays; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with inlaid perimeter stripes, deluxe five-ply body binding, triple-bound fingerboard and headstock.
Hardware: Original gold hardware includes 16:1 Epi epsilon logo tuners, Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece, adjustable compensated rosewood bridge, cream octagonal pointer knobs, three way toggle switch. Vintage correct triple-bound tortoise pickguard, hex-key adjustable truss rod. Seymour Duncan Antiquity II mini-humbucking pickups installed.
Notes: Introduced in 1948, the Zephyr Deluxe Regent was Epiphone's electric cutaway version of their legendary Deluxe model archtop. Epi's top-of-the line 17" electric, the model was the equivalent in price and prestige to its main competitor, the Gibson L-5CES. Featuring a deeper cutaway than its Gibson rival, the Zephyr Deluxe Regent increased upper fingerboard access by several frets over the cutaway L-5.
By 1949, the slender 'Tone Spectrum' or 'New York' style pickups debuted, with the amber colored housing and gold cover. This handsome version of the model, in blonde finish, sports the ornate peghead vine in gleaming mother of pearl, unencumbered by the truss rod cover of later examples.
This blonde beauty has been upgraded for the contemporary player with a pair of Seymour Duncan Mini-Humbucker pickups, and a new double acting truss rod, installed, like the original, at the end of the fingerboard. Crafted of exceptionally deep tiger flame maple, the instrument has all original finish, tuners and tailpiece, with the addition of a vintage correct triple bound tortoise pickguard. The full-depth laminate body is crack free, with superior structural stability and enhanced feedback resistance. The original amber blonde finish shows normal scattered age checking, some incidental finish nicks, and a few small patches of wear on the back, with all binding original and tight to the body, and excellent neck angle and bridge height.
The Duncan Antiquity II mini- humbuckers provide warm, quiet, vintage style tone, with excellent feedback resistance, and a new double acting truss rod has been installed for precise adjustment of the neck relief. The action is smooth and low over a comfy C profile neck, with a fresh high-precision setup over excellent recent pro frets.
A bop-era classic, this handsome guitar offers gorgeous traditional looks with top-flight modern performance. She's ready to roll, right out of the case: call now.
Setup: The truss rod has been adjusted; bridge height set and strobe tuned; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridgewheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished. This instrument is strung with medium gauge roundwound strings (.012-.052). 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: Deluxe black plush lined hardshell case.