Introduced in 1931 in the debut of the Epiphone archtop catalog, the Deluxe model was the top of the line in every respect. From the vine peghead inlay to the signature clouds in the fingerboard, the Deluxe represented a pinnacle of art-deco design, with power to burn on the bandstand. The maple body shows the spectacular figured maple typical of the model, and especially so for the blondes, for whom the builders reserved their most dramatic tonewood.
This handsome instrument shows extravagant tiger flame maple in the body, with a particularly finely carved solid Adirondack spruce soundboard. The guitar has been maintained in wonderful condition, and is remarkably free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. Original hardware includes gold 16x1 epsilon logo tuners, compensated adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge, twin Frequensator tailpiece tines with a vintage custom made retainer, hex key adjustable truss rod, and most remarkably, a rare original bound tortoise pickguard in superb condition.
At just 5lb 10oz. the guitar is remarkably light in weight, and powerfully resonant, with a soundboard graduated to exceptionally fine tolerances. Not surprisingly, the instrument has huge acoustic projection, clarity and cutting power, with volume to burn. No cracks are apparent, and both centerseams have been soundly resealed, with a vintage correct true nitro amber blonde finish applied to the exquisitely figured curly maple back. Smooth low action over comfy gentle C neck profile, with a fresh high precision setup. The instrument remains fitted in its original deluxe brown Epiphone hard shell case, with epsilon logo raised in plush under case lid.
An exceptional example of one of our most sought-after models ever. One only: call now.
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