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1959 Epiphone Deluxe Cutaway

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Serial #: A-2816, blue Kalamazoo label FON#: S8057-3

Body size at lower bout: 17 3/8" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 11/16" Neck depth: .86/1.10, 1st/10th fret

Finish: Original amber blonde finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Handcarved, bookmatched solid spruce top; birdseye maple back and sides; maple neck with 5 piece center stripe; ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl cloud inlay; Brazilian rosewood bridge, pearl tree-of-life peghead inlay, three-ply top and headstock binding, 5-ply pickguard binding; bound f-holes, neck and back; bone nut.

Hardware: Original gold hardware includes Pat. Pending Grover Rotomatic tuners, Frequensator tailpiece and pickguard bracket; adjustable truss rod, original medium jumbo frets. Quintuple bound tortoise pickguard with Kent Armstrong floating humbucking pickup, volume and tone controls and endpin jack.

Notes: Fourteen. Total. So describes the entire number of the blonde Deluxe cutaways produced by Gibson during this model's fleeting eight year run. We all knew Deluxes were much rarer than their closest competitor, the Gibson L-5. And those seeking Deluxe styling in a cutaway guitar have discovered that these models are scarce to the vanishing point. But even we were surprised to learn just how few of these lovely creations rolled off the line in Kalamazoo.

For reasons unclear, Epiphone dawdled on regular production of cutaway guitars until the late 40's, leaving the field to Gibson for almost a decade. This inexplicable delay meant that Epiphone acoustic cutaways, especially the top-of-the line models, remain some of the rarest production archtops in the world. Having acquired the assets of their chief competitor in the late 50's, Gibson capitalized on Epiphone's peerless reputation by reviving Epi's carved archtop guitars at their Kalamazoo factory in 1959. Produced on the same production line as the L-5 and Super 400, the Deluxe Cutaway (model A-211N) was built in very small numbers by Gibson's top artisans using traditional Epiphone body specifications. Until it was discontinued in 1967, no more than three blonde Deluxe cutaways were produced in any given year, and several years saw none at all.

This remarkable example is from the very first year of Gibson production, and is the third one ever built, showing a number of unique features unseen on later models. In particular, this guitar is fitted with the older style Frequensator tailpiece with the pointed tip near the endpin, and an original New York Epiphone bridge. Finally, the peghead is hand inlaid with the traditional Epiphone script logo and retains the shape and size of the New York headstock, later to be elongated by Gibson designers. With its original gold hardware intact, the instrument sports Pat. Pending Grover Rotomatic tuners, and its original multiply binding in excellent shape.

The solid carved soundboard is constructed of exceptionally fine grained quartersawn spruce, a remarkable 50-60 grains per inch at the outer margins. The generous Epiphone cutaway is 2 frets deeper than the L-5C, and allows unrestricted access to the uppermost reaches of the fingerboard. The neck has a fine full C profile, gently rounded and comfortable in the hand, and the original medium jumbo frets have sleek low action over a fresh high precision setup.

The instrument shows no apparent cracks or repairs, and little in the way of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. Some scattered finish dings have had some spot touchup, and some typical weather checking is visible in the deeply ambered original blonde finish. Finally, the instrument is fitted with a Kent Armstrong floating humbucking pickup on a vintage style bound tortoise pickguard, with volume and tone controls and a 1/4" endpin jack.

As one might expect, the voice of the guitar is notably warm, clear and open, a testament to its long career, with the punch and projection of a well played-in soundboard with traditional parallel bracing. And the clouds, those lovely clouds in the fingerboard.

A rare opportunity to own one of the handsomest pieces of history Gibson ever produced. 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 strings (.013-.057). 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: Deluxe black arched plush lined fitted hardshell case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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