When Epiphone first started making electric instruments, all the electric models were named Zephyr. The Epiphone Zephyr model electric mandolin first appeared in 1939 and had a 15 year run until being discontinued in 1954.
To create the Zephyr model mandolin, Epiphone took their most popular acoustic model, the Adelphi and fitted it with a modified “New Yorker” pickup and controls.
This early ‘50s version started out in life with a New Yorker pickup which a previous owner replaced with a single bar pickup reminiscent of the “Charlie Christian” style often favored by jazz musicians for its smooth response. There is also evidence that at one time it may have been converted for a left handed player, given the arrangement of the top controls and the metal plug where a 4th knob would have been.
Overall, the instrument is in good condition, with scratches and handling marks that demonstrate its having been played and loved for almost 70 years. Plays easy and sounds most excellent.
$995 With original hard case included.