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1951 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent
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Serial #: 62803, 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: .87/1.02
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: All original gold hardware includes twin 'Tone Spectrum' single coil pickups, 16:1 Epi epsilon logo tuners, Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece, triple-bound nitrocellulose pickguard in translucent tortoise, hex-key adjustable truss rod, adjustable compensated rosewood bridge, cream octagonal pointer knobs, three way toggle switch.
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.
We'll cut right to the chase: we have yet to find an example of this model in finer original shape. Preserved in truly outstanding condition, the instrument has all original finish, electronics, and hardware, right down to its gleaming original bound tortoise pickguard, a notable rarity in itself. With it's lustrous deep amber blonde finish, the guitar is free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and shows only a few scattered wisps of lacquer checking, and a single small finish nick by the pickup switch. The full-depth laminate body is crack free, with superior structural stability and enhanced feedback resistance.
A standout in appearance, the guitar shows handsome flame maple in the sides and neck, with a lovely bubble maple back. A superb player as well, the instrument is fitted with its original gold 16:1 Epi logo tuners, 'Tone Spectrum' single coil pickups, Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece, and cream 'carousel' volume and tone knobs, and original three way pickup selector switch. Binding is all original and tight to the body, and the action is smooth and low over a comfy C profile neck, with a fresh high-precision setup.
The original adjustable single-coil pickups are clear and detailed, and roll off to a toasty warmth with the master tone control, to smooth classic bop era voicing. An ornate and highly distinctive guitar, and a classic jazzer from the postwar era, this gleaming guitar comes complete with its original Epiphone plush lined hardshell case with the epsilon logo in raised plush under the lid.
A exceptional find, in time capsule condition: one only, 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.