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This 83 year old instrument was manufactured in the "Big band" era, at a time when Epiphone and Gibson battled for supremacy in the market and quality was the driving force rather than marketing and gimmickry.
Supplied with a letter (in 1994) from the Rosetti company confirming a manufacture date of 1935.
Considering its age I would describe the condition as remarkable despite the various scuffs and dings commensurate with a guitar so old. Please zoom in on the pictures to form your own view - you may disagree with me, but that is a matter for you as the potential buyer.
I have scoured the internet for information on this particular guitar and have formed the opinion that the top is solid carved Spruce, the rounded back, and sides are solid Walnut, the fingerboard is Ebony and the neck Maple. I cannot state this information as fact - just my opinion! and I welcome comment from more knowledgeable persons.
I also cannot confirm originality, nor modification. The florentine cutaway may be original, or could be a modification. If original, it could make it scarcer than hen's teeth toothpaste. If its a modification, it has certainly been done very well. Any assistive comments are welcome and will be appreciated.
The bridge appears to be Ebony and the machine heads are Grover. Inside the F holes is the serial number 9575 stating the "Epiphone Banjo Corporation" - Longisland City NY. The lower bout size is 16 inches which seems to make it an earlier and quite rare model. The scale length seems to be 25.5"
The frets are quite low to the board and I am unsure if this was how it was manufactured. I would recommend an inspection from a competent luthier, or personal inspection from all interested parties to assess the overall function and aesthetics of the guitar. Having said that, the neck is slim and comfortable, the intonation is fine, it stays in tune and there is no appreciable fret buzz anywhere up the neck - oh and did I say its loud, well it is - bloody loud!
It has a punchy and loud voice which epitomises the era of it's time and was used frequently by a retired 16 peace band member.
Case included, tatty and not original, but functional.
Price - very difficult to assess it's value. Most of the history of sold models have had the sold price removed however I have seen a similar model advertised at 3500 dollars. As such the price is negotiable and I will listen to any informed views as to its value.
The guitar is in Bolton, Greater Manchester.