with 3 New York pickups, 2 knobs, control plate with 6 small pushbuttons. Pearl peghead logo replaces metal plate logo. Why is that? The Epiphone Masterbilt series – the very name is a riff on Gibson’s Mastertone and Master Model instruments – made its debut in 1931, with the De Luxe at the top of the line. elevated pickguard, no body binding, dot fingerboard inlays, Collectibility Rating: C. 1931 Tudor introduction. Collectibility Rating: D--. 1965: Granada Cutaway introduced with single sharp cutaway. Epiphone FT Deluxe and FT210 Deluxe Cutaway flat tops. Collectibility Rating: Epi-made: C-, Gibson-made: C. Epiphone Beverly archtop. 1950 Deluxe, Zephyr Deluxe, Zephyr Deluxe Regent specs: 1951 Zephyr Deluxe, Zephyr Deluxe Regent specs: 1961 Epiphone Zephyr Natural E311TN thinline with Gibson mini-humbuckers. For a brief and humorous introduction to the model names of the Masterbilt series, it is best to quote Epiphone historian Walter Carter : Model specs 6-string acoustic archtops: Epiphone models 1930–1956, TENOR / PLECTRUM GUITARS : Available about 1938 only. A single pickup 1967 Sorrento Apollo in England. Multiple bound top, single bound top and fingerboard. Epiphone Casino thinline electric fully hollow archtop. vine peghead inlay, gold plated parts, sunburst or natural finish. of tone variations for a one pickup guitar), which work through the 1/4" jack. Epiphone Blackstone archtop. Electric Cutaway model: C-, Acoustic Non-Cutaway model: C+. Essentially a fancy artist-model ES-330. of the tremolo. Gibson-made thinbody with rounded cutaway. trapeze tailpiece, multiple bound top and back, maple neck, 1966: Caiola Standard introduced with 2 P-90 pickups, single bound top, Mini-humbucker pickups replace New York pickups. Pictures, history for epiphone vintage guitars. Aside from these two brands, there is also evidence of an Ideal and an Apollo. Goofy looking "cheap amp" style barrel knobs. Collectibility Rating: Acoustic Cutaway model: A, Electric Cutaway model: C, Granada and Granada Cutaway Discontinued 1970. (Fisch & Fred, pp. Asymmetrical pickguard with slashed-C logo. For the production of cutaway models see: close-up 41. metal peghead logo, 24 3/4" scale, tuneamatic bridge, trapeze tailpiece, Riviera Discontinued 1970 (later available in Japanese-made line). Up until 1937 the tenors bore different names from their companions, but from 1937 on they carried the same name as their companion with the designation “tenor”. angled side rectangle fingerboard inlays. 1 3/4" thick symmetrical slab body with squared edges. Abalone wedge in 3 segment "V" block fingerboard inlay. Laminated maple or spruce top or electric versions. maple block down center (like an ES-355), sunburst or blond finish, By the mid 1930’s Epiphone also produced some archtop guitars under the brand names Howard (≠ Howard Roberts) and Sorrentino (≠ Sorrento). Epiphone Caiola, Caiola Custom, Caiola Standard thinline electric Asymmetrical body with upper bass horn slightly longer. Blade pickup with oblong housing and metal cover/handrest in bridge position. fingerboard inlay, 24 3/4" scale, Frequensator tailpiece triple bound top, oval fingerboard inlays, vertical oval fingerboard, sloted block fingerboard inlays, walnut finish on Inked serial number a la solidbody Gibsons. FT210 Deluxe Cutaway specs: 17 3/8" wide, single round cutaway, is the key reason it has any collectibility. A strange bird indeed. Epiphone FT110 (Frontier) flat top. Epiphone "Elitist" logo on back of headstock "Snake Eyes" dice inlay on 12th fret 2-ply Black & White Traditional Firebird shaped truss rod cover "Epiphone Dwight Trash" in silver silkscreen on truss rod cover Neck joins at 16th fret 12" fingerboard radius 24.75" scale 1.68" nut width Binding: Epiphone Byron archtop. better hardware. of reverb, one for controlling the amount of tremolo and one for the speed 13" wide, flat top, arched back, mahogany back and sides, Gibson made ("Texan" added to FT79 model name). It is usable with other amps via the 1/4" jack on the top of the guitar The Coronet also came labeled as an Epiphone Dwight model. 1964 Wilshire with a stop tailpiece and the "cheap amp" knobs. Square control plate with radial markings. Epiphone Crestwood and Crestwood Custom solidbody electric. Rename Zephyr Electric (for both non-cutaway and cutaway models). Symmetrical body with sharper cutaway than other Epi Private vintage guitar collector. Epiphone Tudor acoustic archtop. 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