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1954 Epiphone Zephyr Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar, Sunburst, Collector-Grade w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1954 Epiphone Zephyr archtop in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. This New York-made Epiphone is an exquisite and elegant archtop both acoustically and plugged in, retaining its neck position New York humbucker.

Featuring maple body construction, the Zephyr has a 17 3/8" wide lower bout and full 25 1/2" scale length. Acoustically, the guitar offers plenty of sonic immediacy, lively midrange cut and overall breadth, qualities which translate faithfully via the New York pickup. There’s a bubbly, round quality to the pickup, with trebles that are particularly punchy and present, and an inherent smoothness accentuated by the flatwound strings, providing a rich foundation for lead work and ensuring balance between registers for complex chording. Weighing 7lbs 5oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Epiphone has been dialed in to play its best with easy-playing action, 12-53 flatwound strings, and accurate intonation.

The two-piece mahogany neck is bisected by a strip of maple, sporting a substantial soft V-shaped profile carve, measuring .890" deep at the 1st fret and 1.020" at the 9th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard features notched pearl block inlay, and the original slender banjo fretwire only exhibits a touch of wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-4. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the original nylon nut measures 1 3/4" in width. The bound Brazilian rosewood headstock veneer features Epiphone's metal "bikini" badge and small white plastic truss rod cover. The original nickel-plated 16:1 ratio Epsilon tuners are intact, turning smoothly and holding accurate pitch.

The original electronics function as intended, with the New York pickup wired to Master Volume and Tone knobs, capped with original distinctive cream hexagonal pointer knobs. Hardware includes the nickel-plated trapeze tailpiece and floating Brazilian rosewood bridge with compensated saddle, and there’s room for future adjustments at the thumbwheels. The original thick red tortoise pickguard is in great shape, and the serial number and factory stamps are intact on the blue and white rectangular label, visible through the bass-side F-hole.

The gloss Shaded (sunburst) nitro lacquer finish exhibits tight vertical checking, and cosmetic wear is limited to just a handful of minor nicks and faint scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and rims, as well as some very light buckle worming central to the waist. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.

A hardshell case is included.