This 1953 maple Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent is a full bodied elegant guitar. It weighs 8 lbs 4 oz. The dimensions are 44" overall length, 3 3/8" deep, 18 1/2" at the lower bout and the scale is 25 1/2". It was built in New York City four years prior to the Epiphone merger with Gibson in 1957. The original New York paper label with the serial number is inside the guitar. As far as we can determine the instrument is all original with the exception of a new end pin in the original location and one gold screw on the pickguard brace. The Zephyr features an arch top and arch back. It is a single cutaway electric guitar with a natural laquer finish over maple with seven ply binding on the top and back. The top is gorgeous flame maple with triple bound f holes. The seven piece neck is maple with a five piece walnut center strip. The triple bound headstock features an inlaid pearloid Epiphone logo and an ornate vine inlay with a white truss rod cover. The rosewood single bound fingerboard has two white inlaid lines on the edge, abalone split block inlays, 22 frets, and is 1 1/16" at the nut. Other features include a curvy tortoise colored celluloid pickguard with a chrome E letter, gold hardware, a rosewood adjustable bridge, a frequensator (pat pending) tailpiece, Epiphone gold tuning keys with pearloid tips and two cream colored octagonal pointer knobs. Epiphone pulled out all the stops when they designed the electronics for the Zephyr. There are three New York style single coil pickups with bakelite side bars and a unique 6 button switching system that permits a vast combination of pickups selection. Given the age of the guitar it is in nice condition. The electronics are working great and it's a joy to play. There is almost no neck/fingerboard wear. The gold plating shows some age and there are two minor finish cracks on the right upper bout and shrinkage of the back binding on the two narrowest areas typical of the guitar and a single 1/8" piece of back binding missing near tailpiece. There are a couple of small cracks on the sides of the neck near the headstock that were professionally repaired long ago. Our luthier says they did good work. The pickguard shows some curvature. There is very minor weather checking. This guitar was truly the "Cadillac" of the line in 1953 and is still a real beauty and a great example of American craftsmanship. It will ship with a new TKL hardshell case.
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