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1953 Epiphone Triumph Regent

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Serial #: 66035, blue New York label

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

Finish: Original sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Bookmatched solid carved spruce top; solid carved slab cut 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 Epiphone epsilon logo tuners, Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece, adjustable truss rod, adjustable compensated Brazilian rosewood bridge. Vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard with epsilon logo.

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

Stored unplayed for decades, this remarkable guitar has the rich glow of a gorgeous vintage sunburst finish. Carved of all solid tonewoods, the guitar is notably lightweight at just 5lb 13oz , and deftly balanced on the lap or the strap. Carefully maintained, the guitar is free of cracks, pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and has fresh pro fretwork in gleaming condition. All binding is original and tight to the body, and the original Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece is rock solid. A pure acoustic warrior, the guitar has never had a pickup attached, and apart from a patch of finish touchup below the treble soundhole, appears otherwise strikingly pristine.

This guitar is equipped with its original 16X1 epsilon logo tuners, and a vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard, complete with epsilon logo badge. The action is smooth and low over the solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, with a classic Epiphone light vee profile neck, and a fresh high precision setup. (And while the later Gibson-made versions of this model had necks as skinny as 1 9/16", these New York label Epis all have the generous full size 1 11/16" fingerboards.) The voice is clear and forward, with the cutting power 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 '50s all-carved cutaway, and a true best buy in a golden era New York built archtop guitar. 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 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, buffed 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.

Case: Original deluxe brown arched Epiphone felt lined hardshell case.










































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