Up for sale, a 1953 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent vintage archtop electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This stunning New York-made Epiphone is an exquisite and elegant archtop both acoustically and plugged in, retaining its original pair of New York humbuckers.
Featuring an arched spruce top and figured curly maple back and sides, the Zephyr Deluxe Regent features a 17 3/8" wide lower bout and full 25 1/2" scale length. Currently strung with Thomastik 12-53 flatwound strings, this archtop offers a brilliant, clear tone that projects beautifully. Expressive and detailed, the New York pickups amplify the natural clarity and midrange-forward sweetness of the instrument, emblematic of one of the finest eras of Epiphone production. And when engaged in Series in the middle position on the switch, the humbuckers offer a particularly authoritative sound well-suited to both lead work and complex chording. Quite versatile, this Zephyr can be sparkling and crisp or thick and mellow with the twist of a knob. Weighing a mere 7lbs 7oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Epiphone has been dialed in to play its best with comfortable action and accurate intonation.
The mahogany/walnut neck has a substantial and elegant soft V profile carve, measuring .935" deep at the 1st fret and 1.010" at the 9th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a nice dark cut of this hallowed tonewood, with multi-ply binding and pearl cloud inlay. The original slender frets are intact and show light, uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending even more faintly beneath the B string until fret 6. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale, and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The bound Brazilian rosewood headstock veneer features Epiphone's vine inlay and script logo, complete with the original truss rod cover. The original gold-plated 16:1 ratio Epsilon tuners are intact with a smooth, reliable response.
The original electronics function as intended, with the New York pickups wired to a three-way pickup selector toggle and Master Volume and Tone knobs, each capped with original distinctive cream hexagonal pointer knobs. The hardware includes an era-correct nickel patent pending Frequensator tailpiece, and the original gold tailpiece with a compromised hinge and one original "fork" is also included. The compensated rosewood bridge is original and secured to the top. The tortoise pickguard with original silver epsilon is present, exhibiting some typical warping of the material, yet fully intact with clean multi-ply binding.
The instrument is very well-kept, and the original Sunburst lacquer finish is quite vibrant, highlighting the dimensional curly maple figuring across the back and exhibiting prominent lacquer checking on the edges of the top. Cosmetic wear includes one spot of targeted buckle rash at the treble side waist, and some additional light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole, mostly relegated to the back. There is binding shrinkage at the waist as well (not split) and to a lesser degree on top on the inside edge of the cutaway. The neck has broad flame figuring along its length, with some natural palm wear on the central third of the neck.
The original brown Lifton hardshell case with pink plush interior is included.