Up for sale, a 1960 Epiphone Sorrento model E451TN in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A first year example with all of the Sorrento's introductory features, this Epiphone has the shorter more Gibson-like headstock shape with "bikini" metal badge, full 1 11/16" nut width, no-wire ABR-1 bridge, PAF pickup, and dot fretboard inlay.
Produced in the USA under the ownership of Gibson at their Kalamazoo, Michigan factory, this Epiphone Sorrento is essentially a mini humbucker equipped version of Gibson's ES-125T model. The guitar features a fully hollow 16" wide maple body, and plugged-in this Sorrento delivers a clear, bell-like tone that has the fullness of a humbucker and the sparkle and treble detail of a single coil. These early "PAF" mini humbuckers truly are a best-of-both-worlds pickup, with great harmonic content, and a glassy, touch-sensitive responsiveness. For defined cleans or fully overdriven bliss, this Sorrento performs admirably and it has an impressive acoustic presence as well. Featherweight at 5lbs 2oz, this Sorrento has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder at the nut and lightly rolled fretboard edges in every register, gaining a hair more overall heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .850" at the 9th. The dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard has dot inlay, and the original medium jumbo fretwire is intact with good meat and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6. The original nylon nut measures a full 1 11/16" width. On the short Gibson-like headstock, the guitar features the original Epiphone "bikini" metal badge, an aesthetic touch seen only on the very first Sorrentos produced in '60. The original Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines with stock white buttons are intact and turn smoothly.
All of the electronics work as they should, with the original Gibson mini humbucker complete with nickel cover, and the pickup baseplate no longer has its PAF decal. Hardware is in excellent shape, including the original nickel-plated "no-wire" ABR-1 bridge on a floating rosewood base and the nickel trapeze tailpiece. Plastics comprise the original thick single-ply tortoise pickguard with Epiphone Epsilon "E" foil sticker and stock pair of clean ambered reflector cap knobs.
The natural Blonde nitro lacquer finish is 100% original and lightly ambered, highlighting light bubble maple figuring on top and exhibiting tight “shattered glass” lacquer checking on top as well, with just a few isolated areas of broader checking on the back and sides. Cosmetic wear is limited to a spot of scuffing in the clear coat central to the back, but shy of “buckle rash,” and just a few additional faint finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and free of palm wear with light lacquer checking.
A modern brown Lifton-style hardshell case is included.