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1951 Epiphone Triumph Regent

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Serial #: 61084, blue New York label

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

Finish: Original blonde finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Handcarved, bookmatched solid spruce top and solid handcarved birdseye maple back; 5 piece cherry neck with walnut centerstripe; solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with diamond mother of pearl inlay; original compensated adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge; pearl column peghead inlay in stained holly headstock veneer, triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock.

Hardware: Original hardware includes original nickel plated "E-logo" tuners, original Frequensator tailpiece, original compensated adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge, adjustable truss rod. Vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard.

Notes: Epiphone announced the Triumph Regent as early as 1949, though we've never seen one earlier than 1950. The cutaway version of Epis most popular professional archtop, the Triumph Regent was manufactured in New York for only about two years, and is accordingly a much scarcer item than its non-cutaway counterpart, or its competitor, the Gibson L-7C.

Well played and well loved, this handsome guitar has the rich amber glow of a deeply tanned natural blonde finish. With a solid carved quartersawn bookmatched soundboard, this wonderful guitar shows attractive birdseye figure in the solid maple back. Well maintained, the guitar is remarkably free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. Now buffed to a high luster, the deep amber lacquer shows some fine light checking, and a few lacquer dings and a short finish crack have been spot retouched. One short grainline crack at the treble soundhole and a few small screw holes have all been soundly resealed as well. All binding is original and tight to the body, and the tailpiece bend has been soundly brazed.

This guitar is equipped with its original 16X1 E-logo tuners, adjustable rosewood bridge, Frequensator tailpiece, and a vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard. The action is smooth and low over fine older frets, and the neck has a classic Epiphone gentle C profile. The voice is huge: clear, open and forward, with the big bark for which Epis are justifiably famous. These original Epi Regents are some of the very few acoustic cutaways to rival the better noncuts in pure volume, projection and overall tonal response. An outstanding example of a rare cutaway classic from the great New York factory.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished; 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; 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 molded plush lined hardshell case.










































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