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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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Gretsch Tennessean 6119 Walnut, 1967

Gretsch Tennessean 6119 Walnut, 1967

Currently named the ‘Tennessee Rose’, the Gretsch Tennessean 6119 first appeared in 1958, and for 1961 gained the closed, thin ElectroTone body. Chet Atkins had been urging Gretsch to take steps to reduce feedback on their hollowbody designs, especially after Gibson introduced the center-block ES335 in 1958.

Vintage
Price: $3,250.00 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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Martin & Coupa Guitar, 1840s

Martin & Coupa Guitar, 1840s

Here is another rarity – an 1840’s Martin & Coupa guitar, built in Nazareth PA for John Coupa at 385 Broadway (Upstairs!) in New York. It is extraordinary that an instrument like this Martin & Coupa guitar could be in all original and playable condition, complete with its original “coffin” case, over 160 years after its production! To give a little chronological perspective, this instrument would have been delivered to its first owner by stagecoach and riverboat 20 years before the American Civil War.

Vintage
Price: $30,000.00 USD
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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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