In 1936, Epi debuted its redesigned pro series guitars with the upsized 17 3/8" body, larger f-holes, and a new streamlined script logo and inlay designs. These transitional models were produced for only a few years to 1939, making instruments of this vintage some of the scarcest examples of Epiphone's Golden Era.
This guitar from 1937 is a wonderful example, meticulously restored to gleaming condition. The vintage sunburst finish has been masterfully reapplied, and vintage style hardware used throughout. The back shows exceptional bubble figure maple, and the Adirondack spruce top is interlaced with crossgrain silk throughout. The peghead inlay retains the curved headstock and snowflake inlay of the early 30's Triumph, but the body and f-holes are notably larger and more curvilinear than those of earlier models.
The neck is distinctly slimmer and faster than typical Gibsons, with a slight "v" profile that avoids the chunky feel common in instruments of the era. The top is carved with exceptional delicacy, and produces an open bell-like tone. A pair of older grainline cracks have been pro resealed on the top and back, and a fresh set of precision frets installed for low action and maximum volume. A special plus is the handsome bound firestripe pickguard, and the vintage correct Epiphone logo segmented tailpiece, a rare pre-Frequensator variant seen for only two years on this model.
A great player, great looker, and exceptional value in a true prewar Epi. One only, call now.
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