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1953 Epiphone Triumph Regent

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Serial #: 66732, 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: Bookmatched solid carved spruce top; solid carved birdseye maple back and sides; solid 5 piece cherry neck with walnut centerstripe; solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with diamond mother of pearl inlay; pearl column peghead inlay in stained holly headstock veneer, triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock.

Hardware: Original nickel hardware includes epsilon logo tuners, Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece, adjustable truss rod. Vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard, compensated adjustable rosewood bridge.

Notes: The rare cutaway version of Epi's most popular professional archtop, the Triumph Regent was introduced in 1949, and manufactured for only about six years. Accordingly the Regent is a much scarcer item than the non-cutaway Triumph, or its Gibson counterpart, the L-7C.

Stored unplayed for decades, this remarkable guitar has the rich glow of a warmly ambered natural blonde finish. With a solid carved quartersawn spruce soundboard, the instrument shows attractive slab-cut figure in the solid carved maple back as well. Carefully maintained, the guitar is free of cracks, pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and has all original fretwork in exellent condition. The finish is all original, and apart from a short lacquer run across the cutaway horn, appears strikingly pristine. All binding is original, and with the aid of a few small shims, is soundly secured to the body.

This guitar is equipped with its original 16X1 epsilon logo tuners, Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece, a vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard, and hand carved compensated adjustable rosewood bridge. The Epiphone cutaway is several frets deeper than its Gibson counterpart, and allows enhanced access to the uppermost frets, and the peghead mounted adjustable truss rod is a feature seen only in the last few years of this model's production. The action is smooth and low over fine original frets, and the neck has the classic Epiphone gentle V 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.

A time-capsule example of a rare cutaway classic, from a pre-eminent builder of the contemporary archtop guitar, complete with original Epiphone hardshell case. One only: call now.

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: Original Epiphone black alligator deluxe arched plush lined hardshell case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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