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The original "E"-marked enclosed Epiphone tuners with shaped catalin buttons and the gold-plated "Frequensator" two-part tailpiece are hallmarks of this period. There is an old clear overspray to the back of the neck only.The 17 3/8" wide body is bound in 5-ply celluloid and the finish is a deep and fairly subtle sunburst showing off a bit of curl on the maple back. (8.3 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. There is a dark stain and some minor disturbances to the finish on the top near the fingerboard related to a floating pickup mounted there at some point.To find out the age and value of a guitar can take a lot of research, and may require you to bring in an expert. These factors include how it plays and if it still has it's original finish and/or stings.Start by cleaning the guitar and bringing it back to playable condition, if possible. You could sell it for much more if you know its exact year and if it has any special feature or is a limited edition.This Deluxe model from 1947 is both a treat for the vintage arch-top enthusiast and an extremely fine player's instrument.At the time this guitar was built, the Stathopoulo family maintained their guitar building operation on the second floor of a large loft building on West 14th street in Manhattan. operated an integrated factory and showroom in the heart of swing-era New York where players could come and try out guitars that had just been finished "out back".
This was a high production period for Epiphone, likely due to a backlog of orders held off during wartime.
The sound is both rich and powerful, with the definition Epiphones are known for. The neck looks to have been reset some time ago and there is a bit of typical touchup around the edges of the heel; visible, but inconspicuous.
We are always pleased to offer these top-line Epiphones; they are not only great guitars, but a huge part of the New York area musical heritage. The guitar retains its original hardware including the rosewood adjustable bridge, gold-plated Frequensator tailpiece, and Epiphone individual enclosed gold-plated tuners. Overall a superb postwar swing guitar; one of the nicest '40s Epiphones we have had with a huge sound.
F300000 = late 2009 used on LP Std'59/Std'60/Tribute models Continued around F310650~F311050 in spring 2012 on Tribute-Plus models Continued around F305000 in 2011Continued around F310000 in 2012Continued around F317000 in 2013Continued around F324000 in 2014Continued around F330000 in 2015---------------------------------Epiphone Japan Serial Numbers1998 - Current The Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan serial numbers from 1998 onwards are in a YMMPPP format.
Y = Year of manufacture MM = Month of manufacture PPP = Production number The serial number letters used by the Terada and Fuji-Gen guitar factories are: J = Terada T = Terada, F = Fuji-Gen No Letter = Fuji-Gen Example: J902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: T902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: F902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: 902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 1231987 - 1997For Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan semi acoustic models from 1987 to approximately 1997, the serial numbers are in a YCPPP format.