1935 Epiphone Triumph
For your consideration, Garrett Park Guitars presents this 1935 Epiphone Triumph.
Introduced in 1931, the Epiphone Triumph was the firm's most popular professional series guitar. Originally built with a 15" body, the guitar was upsized to 16" in 1933, and by the following year, the floral fingerboard inlays appeared, a predecessor to the Triumph's later signature diamond inlay. The f-holes were redesigned in 1935, and by 1936, the Triumph had been enlarged to the 17" size it retained through the remainder of its production.
This guitar is a very rare example of this transitional model, with the 16" body, floral inlays, and cello style f-holes. The bound peghead also debuted this year, and the 3-ply top binding, as well as the bound tortoise pickguard. This example is fitted with a particularly striking vintage correct bound firestripe guard, original Grover tuners (with one vintage replacement) and an aged Pat. Pend. stamped Frequensator tailpiece.
At a scant 4lb. 15oz. the guitar is phenomenally light in weight, and the compact 16" body is a pleasure to hold. The solid maple back shows bookmatched tiger flame figure under a recent true nitro finish, and the original dark sunburst finish of the top has a light dusting of vintage style lacquer as well. The neck shows the thumbwear of a pro-played instrument, and a pair of small grainline cracks have been soundly resealed near the bass soundhole.
Action is smooth and low over fresh vintage style fretwork, with a high precision setup on the comfy medium C profile neck. This guitar has an open, resonant voice, with the clarity of finely aged tonewood, well played-in, with powerful volume and projection. A true bandstand veteran, and one of the rarest examples of Epi's most popular professional sized model.
Materials: Handcarved bookmatched solid spruce top, solid mahogany neck with 3 piece centerstripe, solid tiger flame carved maple back, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, early floral pattern mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays; "snowflake" peghead inlay; bound fingerboard and body.
Hardware: Original Grover open back tuners; bound fire stripe pickguard; aged Pat. Pend Frequnsator tailpiece; adjustable compensated ebony bridge.
Condition: Very Good
Serial Number: 9592
Case: Hard-shell Case
*This guitar is on consignment so trades are not advised
For more information please call, chat, or email.