Up for sale, a 1967 Epiphone Broadway Regent E252 archtop electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A genuine USA-made vintage Epiphone produced right alongside the Gibsons of the day in the same Kalamazoo, MI factory, this Broadway continues Epiphone's legacy of producing premium archtop instruments. Unlike many of Epiphone's offerings in the 1960s, the Broadway has a full proper archtop body depth, with all-maple body construction and a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck. Offering healthy projection and smooth bark acoustically, the Broadway features a pair of Gibson's chrome-covered patent sticker mini humbuckers at its heart. If you're looking for the the sonic signature of a Gibson humbucker yet with a more articulate top end and bell-like chime, the mini humbuckers on the Broadway are the perfect choice. The bridge pickup is detailed and balanced, with a touch of growl and great sensitivity to your picking dynamics, while the neck pickup has notably more girth while still retaining clarity. The mini humbuckers really do re-voice the classic humbucker sound in a great way, and it's a perfect middle ground for players that gravitate towards humbuckers but also want a bit more snap and tighter bass response, features typically reserved for single coils. Featherweight at 6lbs 11oz, we've professionally setup this Broadway here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, dialing it in with solid intonation, low action, and fresh 12-52 roundwound strings.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender, fast-feeling C shape at the nut with fairly aggressive taper up the fretboard, filling out with more shoulder and a hearty, substantive feel by the 9th fret and beyond, offering easy access to the highest frets thanks to the Venetian cutaway. The profile measures .825" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 9th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard features pearl block inlay and the original wide/flat fretwire which has a surprising amount of crown and decent meat, showing only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-4 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The instrument plays effortlessly up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 25 1/2“, and the stock nut measures 1 9/16" in width. On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe double line, double ring tuning machines are intact, and the serial number stamped on the headstock matches the blue label visible through the F hole.
All of the electronics function as intended, and both mini humbuckers retain their original patent stickers on the baseplates. The chrome hardware is very clean on both the pickup covers and original Frequensator tailpiece, and the original bound tortoise pickguard is intact, retaining its silver E epsilon. The original quartet of gold reflector cap knobs are intact, along with the stock compensated floating Brazilian rosewood bridge.
The original nitro lacquer Sunburst finish is bold and warm, with rich burgundy edges on top and an even browner, saturated shade on the back at the binding. There is broad lacquer checking across the body and uniform ambering on the binding, with one glued binding split at the treble side waist on top. Cosmetic wear includes some scattered shallow nicks and a couple isolated scuffs through the lacquer on the sides. There are a few scattered marks central to the lower bout on the back and along the binding edge, and also along the neck profile. The top is very clean, with some requisite pick marks across the guard and only a few tiny ancillary dings.
A modern Gibson USA brown tolex hardshell case is included.