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⚌Reduced‼ Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1947

⚌Reduced‼ Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1947

This Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe was built around 1947 based on the middle-position pickup type and location, control layout and the serial number. The serial is ‘75194’ with the 75 being a prefix for this model and the ‘194’ its production rank; this serial scheme was used from 1944 to 1950. The top is Laminate Spruce, the back and sides Laminate Maple and the neck a five piece layup of Maple and Walnut.

Vintage
Price: $2,450.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Epiphone Emperor Archtop Blonde, 1946

⚌Reduced‼ Epiphone Emperor Archtop Blonde, 1946

From the days when giant archtops ruled the earth, the Epiphone Emperor was one of the largest at 18.5 inches across.

Vintage
Price: $6,500.00 CAD
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Epiphone FT27 Steel String Sunburst, 1937

Epiphone FT27 Steel String Sunburst,  1937

Here is a wonderful rarity – Epiphone FT27 steel string flat top, built around 1937 as one of Epiphone’s earliest forays into flat top guitar designs. Epiphone as a brand name first appeared in 1924, though the Stathopoulos family had been building instruments for decades in Smyrna, Turkey. Persecution caused Anastasios Stathopoulos to move his family to the USA, landing in New York City; Anastasios died in 1915 and his son Epi took over.

Vintage
Price: $3,750.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Epiphone Texan FT79N Steel String Natural, 1966

⚌Reduced‼ Epiphone Texan FT79N Steel String Natural, 1966

The Epiphone Texan FT79N – the N indicating a Natural finish on the top rather than Sunburst – was built as a slope shoulder dreadnought from 1958 to 1970 when Epiphone production ceased in the USA. The Epiphone FT79 was originally built from 1941 to 1958 as a square shoulder dreadnought with Walnut back and sides until 1949, and then with laminated Maple until the company was sold to Gibson in 1958.

Vintage
Price: $4,999.99 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Epiphone Elite 1965 Casino Natural, 2003

❌SOLD❌ Epiphone Elite 1965 Casino Natural, 2003

The Epiphone Elite 1965 Casino recalls one of the most famous guitars – the one played by John Lennon on many recordings. In fact, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison all had Casinos and McCartney still uses his.   There were many other Casino players,  including members of the Rolling Stones and Beach Boys. Originally built as a Sunburst model, by 1968 (during the White Album sessions) Lennon had the finish stripped off, with two coats of thin clear lacquer re-applied.    It was felt that this improved the tone and resonance of the guitar, and this look has become a de facto standard, especially without the pickguard. 

Used
Price: $2,650.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II Vintage Sunburst, 1988

❌SOLD❌ Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II Vintage Sunburst, 1988

The Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II appeared with the ‘by Gibson’ logo for only two years or so, ending around 1988; these were built in the Samick shops in Korea and are excellent instruments. The original Epiphone Sheraton was built from 1958 to 1970, and Gibson had purchased the remains of Epiphone 1957. Their introduction was concurrent with the launch of Gibson’s new ES-3×5 line, a revolutionary design that added a solid center block to a thin-body electric archtop.

Used
Price: $1,400.00 CAD

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