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1953 Epiphone Triumph Regent

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Serial #: 66599, blue New York label

Body size at lower bout: 17 3/8" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11/16" Neck depth: .93/1.20, 1st/10th frets

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: All original nickel hardware includes Epiphone epsilon logo tuners, Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece, adjustable truss rod, adjustable compensated Brazilian rosewood bridge, original bound tortoise pickguard.

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 15oz , and perches deftly on the lap or the strap. Lovingly maintained, the guitar is free of cracks, pick, buckle, or thumb wear, and has fine original fretwork in gleaming condition, with all binding original and tight to the body. A pure acoustic warrior, the guitar has never had a pickup attached, and apart from a few incidental finish nicks, appears uncannily pristine.

This guitar is equipped with 100% original nickel hardware, including 16X1 Epiphone tuners, and a rare original bound tortoise pickguard, and the original Pat. Pend. Frequensator tailpiece is rock solid. Also noteworthy is the finish, with a full sunburst back and neck, unlike other examples which are sunburst on the top only. And these New York Triumphs are solid and carved on both top and back as well, with generous, full size 1 11/16" fingerboards, in contrast to later Gibson-made examples with laminate backs, and necks as skinny as 1 9/16".

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. The voice is clear and forward, with the cutting power for which Epis are justifiably famous. 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.

A stunning example of a rare '50s all-carved cutaway, in museum quality condition. 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 and hand polished.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings. 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 logo plush lined hardshell case.










































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