Retrofret Stock # 4129. Epiphone Recording Model Alhambra Model Tenor Banjo, c. 1928, made in Long Island City, NY, serial # 6713, natural lacquer and pearloid finish, laminated walnut neck and rim, original black hard shell case. "A symphony in silver and pearl" is how Epiphone described this model, and indeed the Alhambra is a most dramatic-looking and flashy banjo. These "Recording Series" banjos are the instruments that made Epiphone's initial reputation, and they are absolutely top grade banjos. The Alhambra was listed at $200.00 in 1928, with an engraved yellow pearloid fingerboard and headstock and a green pearloid covered resonator. It was (incredibly!) the lowest-priced of the ultra-fancy second line introduced in 1927-8. All metal parts are silver-plated, and the tailpiece is engraved as well. The tone ring mounts on pillars, the hoop is side-notched, and the neck adjustment is a single coordinator rod. These top quality Epiphone Recording Banjos are fairly rare, and are always fine players as well as some of the most striking instruments of the 1920's.Overall length is 34 1/4 in. (87 cm.), 11 in. (27.9 cm.) diameter head, and 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 23 in. (584 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/8 in. (29 mm.). All original (except plastic head and bridge). Some general wear, but overall a very nice example. Silver plating has some loss, noticeably on some hooks and the armrest. Fingerboard binding has some shrinking, and there is a small inconspicuous cigarette burn on the headstock edge. Includes a very nice Epiphone-badged OHSC. Very powerful sound and most impressive to behold! Generally Excellent Condition.
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