Up for sale, a 1963 Epiphone Sorrento model E452T in excellent condition and in perfect working order. An early example, this Epiphone features the shorter more Gibson-like headstock shape, full 1 11/16" nut width, and patent sticker hand-wound mini humbucker. Produced in the USA under the ownership of Gibson at their Kalamazoo, Michigan factory, this Epiphone Sorrento is essentially a humbucker equipped version of Gibson's ES-125T model. The guitar features a fully hollow 16" wide body and a clear, bell-like tone that has the fullness of a humbucker and the sparkle and top end of a single coil. These early mini humbuckers truly are a "best of both worlds" pickup, with great harmonic content, and a glassy, touch-sensitive responsiveness. Whether you want clear, defined cleans or fully overdriven bliss, this Sorrento performs admirably and it has an impressive acoustic presence as well, with a clear, powerful bark when you play the guitar unplugged. It weighs only 5lbs 4oz too. This Sorrento has been professionally setup with 11-50 strings here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar.
The one-piece mahogany neck has good shoulder in every register, with a D-shaped profile carve, notably flat central to the profile with imperceptible taper up the neck, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .855" at the 9th. The original smooth gloss nitro lacquer is intact on the profile and flawless save for one ding with a spot of touchup just behind fret 8. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard has pearl oval inlay, and the original medium jumbo fretwire is intact with a surprising amount of crown and meat, showing virtually no wear. The original nylon nut measures a full 1 11/16" width, one of the very last Epiphones to have this full width before growing slimmer in '64. On the short Gibson-like headstock, the guitar features the original inlaid Epiphone logo, and the guitar has been fitted with a set of vintage Kluson Deluxe-style single line nickel tuning machines. There are small tuner mounting holes inset from the current gears from a different tuner set, cleanly doweled with a dot of touchup.
All of the electronics work as they should, with the original Gibson mini humbucker, complete with nickel cover and partially intact patent sticker on the pickup baseplate. The wiring harness is untouched, and the stock gold reflector cap knobs are intact. The ABR-1 bridge is a modern replacement, mounted on the original Brazilian rosewood bridge base, and the white three-ply pickguard with Epiphone Epsilon "E" sticker is original, fitted with a new mounting bracket. The nickel trapeze tailpiece is also original.
The original gloss Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is extremely vibrant and glossy, with a prominent central ring of red on the burst. Cosmetic wear is limited to faint vertical lacquer checking on top and back, a few light finish scratches and minor nicks central to the back, and a few minor marks on the body edges and on the treble side cutaway.
A modern black tolex hardshell case is included.