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1953 Epiphone Deluxe Regent

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Serial #: 62763, blue NY label

Body size at lower bout: 17 3/8" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 11/16" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .92"/1.03"

Materials: Handcarved, bookmatched solid bearclaw spruce top; fiddleback maple back and sides; tiger maple neck with 3 piece center stripe; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl cloud inlay; Brazilian rosewood bridge, pearl 'vine' peghead inlay, 9-ply body binding, 3-ply headstock binding; bound f-holes, solid bone nut.

Hardware: Original gold hardware includes 16x1 Epsilon logo tuners, Pat.Pend. Frequensator tailpiece and pickguard bracket, compensated adjustable rosewood bridge, triple bound tortoise pickguard, adjustable truss rod.

Notes: Nineteen. Total. So describes the entire number of the Epiphone Deluxe Cutaways (or Regent models) to be documented to date, on the most comprehensive New York Epiphone database. We all knew that Deluxes in general were much rarer than their closest competitor, the Gibson L-5. But those seeking Deluxe styling in a cutaway guitar have discovered that these models are scarce to the vanishing point. Years could pass before we saw even a single example hit the market. And why?

For reasons unclear, Epiphone dawdled on regular production of cutaway guitars until the late 40's, leaving the field to Gibson for almost a decade. This inexplicable delay meant that Epiphone acoustic cutaways, especially the top-of-the line models, remain some of the rarest production archtops in the world. Indeed the entire production run of these magnificent instruments spanned a mere six years, from 1949 to 1955. And in some of those years not a single example left the factory at all.

This rare blonde guitar is one of a batch of nine Deluxe Regents from 1951 that have been identified as of this writing, the largest single run in the model's brief history. The solid carved back is crafted of vivid birdseye maple, quite rare in postwar guitars, with sides and neck of deep tiger flame, and a finely carved parallel braced soundboard of solid quartersawn, bookmatched spruce.

At just 6lb. 4oz. the guitar is nicely lightweight and well balanced, with the deep Epiphone cutaway (2 frets more than L-5C) allowing unrestricted access to the uppermost reaches of the fingerboard. The neck has a fine solid C profile, inlaid with the classic pearl clouds, with immaculate pro fretwork, and smooth low action over a fresh high-precision setup.

The voice is clear and brilliant, with unusually powerful acoustic volume and projection: it's one of the rare cutaways that can truly rival its full bodied brethren. With exceptional headroom and dynamic range, this guitar can be driven to the max without breaking up. The gold hardware is all original, the Frequensator tailpiece is solid, and the binding is all tight to the body.

Sometime prior to the turn of this century, the instrument was professionally restored by the renowned Marty Lanham of the Nashville Guitar Company, and longtime repair guru at Gruhn Guitars. The finish was replaced in true classic nitro style, a small crack near the peghead soundly resealed, and an old jackhole neatly plugged in the side. Apart from a small blemish on the back, and some light scattered checking, the instrument appears much like it must have when it first left West 14th Street in Manhattan.

Handsome and vibrant, and one of the rarest models of the 20th century, this striking guitar remains nestled in its original deluxe brown Epiphone arched plush lined hardshell case. The last one of these blond beauties we sold was over four years ago, and had the very next serial number. It went quickly, for almost a grand. We're truly delighted to be able to offer this outstanding player for a mere fraction of the price. A true acoustic warrior, ready for another career on the bandstand. 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 wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge phosphor 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.




















































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