1964 Epiphone Sorrento. One of five Blondes made in 1964. 16" thin-line body, sharp cutaway. Single Patent No. Mini-Humbucker (really a Johnny Smith pick-up). ABR-1 with wire retainer and nylon saddles. Vintage reflector knobs and pots. Very clean. Phenomenal little guitar that punches way above its weight. Extremely lively and responsive with great tone and bite, acoustically. Electrically, the pickup sounds great--very PAeFFy. Plays fast. Made at the Gibson factory with great materials (e.g. a thick slab of Brazilian rosewood for the fingerboard, which really amps up the tone).
This guitar has a fast neck with low action. Nut feels a touch narrow, and neck is is a deep C cup profile. It plays fast all the way up. It's very bright, lively and responsive acoustically. Electrically, the mini-humbucker sounds great. It's got all the warm and airiness of a full-sized humbucker but is maybe a touch brighter (the full-sized HB's had 5,000 wraps per bobbin and the mini-HB's had 4,500 wraps). It's got the small headstock and oval Mother of Toilet seat fretboard inlays. Mirabella re-fret.
Case: comes with a vintage black and yellow Ess & Ess hardshell (separately listed for $295)) or upgrade to a clean 16" Cali-Girl case (separately listed at $750) for a package price of $3,500.
Paypal accepted (but contact me for the email address) or Wire transfer of immediately available funds to my account per my wire transfer instructions. or Certified bank check from a major US bank.
I would prefer that you personally inspect and take delivery from me at my location in Manhattan or from Mirabella Guitars in St. James, Long Island, New York. Otherwise, unless we agree on another method, I will ask Mirabella to ship to your location, at your expense by UPS or FedEx for 2d day delivery, insured in excess of the purchase price.
Each of my guitars has been inspected and to the extent required restored to vintage specification (with vintage parts if necessary) by Cris Mirabella. All condition and restoration issues are fully disclosed. I strongly urge you to inspect the guitar in person at my location or Mirabella's before shipping. I am happy to consider giving you a right of approval for a specific number of days, especially if you aren't able to audition the instrument in person prior to committing. But unless we agree by email on a right of approval in advance, all sales are final, "as-is, where-is" with no right of return. If you feel that I have materially misrepresented a particular condition or restoration issue, I will, at your request, consider an appropriate price reduction to be granted or denied in my reasonable discretion. This is not a policy of "caveat emptor" or "buyer beware." Instead I am asking you to commit to a purchase on the basis of my full disclosure and your right of prior inspection. I'm a private collector with a day job, not a retail store. I simply don't have the time or resources for you to shop casually. The vintage guitar market can be a tricky space to navigate--there's a fair amount of ignorance, misinformation and outright lying. I've gone to the effort and expense of having each guitar inspected and restored, to the extent necessary, by Cris Mirabella, the leading repair and restoration specialist of vintage arch-tops. You won't encounter any unwanted or undisclosed surprises. That adds a lot of value to the guitars.