1946 Epiphone Emperor


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1946 Epiphone Emperor

Here we have a fantastic Epiphone archtop guitar from the golden age of orchestra guitars. Epiphone as a company pre 1956 was Gibson’s main rival, and the Emperor as a guitar model the rival to the Gibson Super 400. The Emperor at 18 1/2″ at its widest featured a carved Spruce top with tone-bar bracing, highly figured carved maple back and sides, 7-ply bindings, triple-bound F holes, 7 ply neck lamination, gold hardware, Frequensator tailpiece, bound pickguard and pearl inlays in the fingerboard and headstock. The first thing you notice when you pick this guitar up is the shallow for the time C shape neck carve which makes for a favourable playing experience. The guitar has a 1-11/16” nut with, 25.4” scale and tight fingerboard radius. Players loved the feel of the Epiphone neck carve, which is something Gibson Likely noticed. They followed suit with their own smaller-feeling round neck for their entire 1947 model lineup. Our guitar has been skilfully and seamlessly converted to a florentine cutaway by Dick Knight at the request of the then owner Louis Stewart who in addition to his own career worked with George Shearing and Benny Goodman to name just 2. The guitar has been fitted with a Dearmond Rhythm Chief pick up which is pro installed with a volume control mounted on the reproduction pickguard with the output socket located at he heel of the frequensator tailpiece. As you can see from the pictures the guitar is in exceptional condition and plays as good as it looks. Comes with a hard shell case.

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