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1955 Epiphone Triumph Regent

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Serial #: 68334, 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; 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, nickel Frequensator tailpiece, contoured bound tortoise pickguard, adjustable truss rod. Compensated adjustable ebony bridge.

Notes: Epiphone announced the Triumph Regent in 1949, though we've never seen one earlier than 1950. The cutaway version of Epis most popular professional archtop, the Triumph Regent was built only through 1956, 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 bandstand veteran is that rare cutaway guitar that can challenge the better full-body models for tone, volume and projection. Clear, open and forward, this guitar has the big bark for which Epis have been renowned amongst generations of demanding pro guitarists. Original hardware includes 16x1 nickel plated epsilon-logo tuners, Frequensator tailpiece in perfect condition, an original bound tortoise pickguard, and an adjustable truss rod with peghead coverplate. The warmly ambered original blonde lacquer shows some fairly deep checking on the lower bass bout; some lacquer dings on the cutaway horn and back have been spot retouched, along with the footprint of an older bridge, just adjacent to the present one. The action is smooth and low over fresh pro frets, and a classic Epiphone gentle C profile. Cutaway range with a full-body voice: an unbeatable combo at a working player's price.

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 arched plush lined hardshell case.










































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