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TUE - SAT 11A - 6P

1952 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent

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Very good condition featuring single round cutaway, 18 1/2" wide hollow body construction, laminated spruce top, two bound f-holes, highly figured laminated maple sides and arched back, multiple bound top and back body edges, three original New York Epiphone mini-humbucking pickups, one volume and one tone control with original Epiphone white plastic octagonal knobs, six push button vari-tone pickup selector switches mounted to a metal control plate on the top of the body, maple neck with multi-ply backstripe, multiple bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with two thin white decorative inlay lines on each side and mother of pearl block inlays with triangular abalone center sections, original frets, original bone nut, multiple bound peghead with Epiphone logo and vine mother of pearl inlays, small multi-ply truss rod cover, brass Sealfast tuners with engraved Epsilon logo, gold plated metal hardware, and original brown hard shell case.

The pickguard is an attractive professionally made multi-layered gold pearloid with original metal bracket. The bridge is a modern gold plated ABR style tune-o-matic bridge with wooden base. The original Frequensator tailpiece has been replaced with a later Bigsby tailpiece and there are visible holes from the original tailpiece. This guitar was built by the Epiphone guitar company in New York prior to being purchase by Gibson. The Zephyr Emperor Regent was a top of the line model at the time and is the most deluxe electric guitar Epiphone ever produced. The guitar plays and functions as it should. This electric archtop has been professionally set up with flat wound strings and relatively low string action. There are signs of playing wear and use, but overall this guitar is in very good condition. The push button vari-tone pickup selector switches work properly and provide very interesting sounds. The addition of the Bigsby tailpiece is quite welcome and gives the guitar a bit more functionality. There is a dark spot on the top cutaway from the old pickguard deteriorating. The binding in the cutaway has shrunken a bit and there is a small gap (see photos). A very uncommon piece that would make a tremendous jazz or rockabilly instrument.