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Epiphone Zephyr Emperor 1951 (consignment) SOLD

Serial Number 63490, built 1951 in New York City. The label reads Zephyr Emperor Vari-Tone.
Pricing $2950.00 CND (approx.$3903.USD as of Feb.15/2012) SOLD
Neck Maple neck with walnut center strips. Bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl/abalone markers. Some wear on fingerboard in low positions. There is an adjustable trussrod with the adjuster at the body end. Epiphone script logo and fern pearl inlay on headstock.
Frets This guitar has been refretted and the frets are in good shape.
Body This is a big-body guitar, about as large as they come. Over 18″ wide at the lower bout, and the sides are nearly 3.5″ tall. Curly maple back and sides, spruce top.
Finish Original clear, aged lacquer finish in quite good shape.
Hardware/electronics Three New York pickups, six pushbutton selector switches, volume and tone controls with white Bakelite knobs. Rosewood bridge, Frequensator tailpiece, bound tortoise pickguard. Gold Epiphone tuners.
Playability/Action This guitar plays very well, and it’s big!
Case Case included.
Comments This is a great older piece. It’s in good shape and has a number of interesting features that show up in much later items. The pearl/abalone V block markers and extra binding inlay on the fingerboard appear on later and higher-end Guild guitars, such as the 1970’s Starfire VI. And the pusbhutton selector appears on many items, from Italian instruments to the 1950’s Dodge Torqueflite transmission. This is a big guitar from a time when volume was really needed, and the Emperor was the top of the heap. As a Zephyr, it’s an electric model, and the Vari-tone refers to the pushbutton selector.

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