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Epiphone Triumph Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1940)
Epiphone Triumph Model Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1940), made in New York City, serial # 14967, sunburst lacquer finish, maple back and sides, spruce top,laminated mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.
Overall length is 42 3/8 in. (107.6 cm.), 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).
This is a very good-sounding pre-war Epiphone; a number of repairs have been performed over the years, but the guitar is still substantially original. It has had a neck set, refret, and a new nut and is an excellent player. The bridge is period style but not original; the pickguard appears to be an older reproduction in the correct mottled celluloid. The original Grover openback tuners and Frequensator tailpiece are present; the tailpiece base has a slight typical crack just at the edge but remains solid.
The back binding and probably the outer layer of top binding appear to have been redone, common on period Epiphones which often have unstable celluloid components. The disintegrating original pickguard caused one long top crack on the upper treble bout, resulting in an old repair which is solidly executed but quite noticeable. There is a much more neatly sealed crack off the front of the treble side f-hole, and an A strap button has been added to the heel. This is an excellent player's swing guitar, with the typically quite powerful sound. This Triumph would make an excellent gigging archtop and comes complete with a very nice OHSC. Overall Very Good + Condition.
Item # 5730
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