Epiphone Deluxe Archtop guitar – U.S.A. – 1931


Acoustic Hollow Body Archtop guitar


Spruce top, maple back and sides, maple neck

Rosewood fretboard


The large bodied Deluxe dates back to 1931 and directly went into battle with the Gibson L-5, which itself was considered revolutionary for its size and tone.
The Deluxe had a ‘Masterbilt’ head with beautifully inlaid floral motifs. One of the most striking and interesting features of the early Epiphone models is the ‘Frequensator’ tailpiece, which allows the use of bass and treble strings of varying length. A longer length of the bass strings creates greater tension, making the strings tighter; the shorter treble strings are less tight, making it easier to play solos in the high register.

Last updated on 11 May 2020
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