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Epiphone Broadway
1958-1964 Epiphone Broadway Electric Headstock
Epiphone Broadway
1965-1969 Epiphone Broadway Electric Headstock

After Gibson took over Epiphone in 1957, they began producing several new guitars. Epiphone had used the "Broadway" name from 1931-1958 on their non-cutaway acoustic archtop, but from 1958 to 1970 the "Broadway" designation was transferred to a new full-size electric archtop, first with New York pickups, and then from 1961 with mini-humbuckers.

The Broadway, which had never been available as an electric in the old Epiphone line, was now available only as an electric in the Gibson-made offering. Along with the Howard Roberts, the Broadway Electric was one of only two electric guitars with a full-depth hollow body produce in Kalamazoo.

The Broadway was reissued in 1997 with a slightly rounder treble horn, humbucker pickups, pearl/abalone V-block inlays, clipped-ear headstock with a "Tree of Life" inlay and is only availble in a natural finish. The Broadway reissue is still in production today. The Broadway was also reissued between 2001-2006 for the Elitist line and featured 24 karat gold hardware, carousel-style control knobs, Tune-o-matic bridge and an optional Vintage Sunburst finish


See Also: Broadway Acoustic Archtop


Contents

Models


Broadway Electric

Epiphone Broadway Electric
1958-1960 Epiphone Broadway Electric
Epiphone Broadway Electric
1961-1964 Epiphone Broadway Electric
Epiphone Broadway Electric
1965-1969 Epiphone Broadway Electric
  • 1958-1969
  • Model E252

Body:

  • Full depth body
  • Laminated maple top, back & sides
  • 17.5" body width

Neck:

  • Three-piece mahogany/maple neck with "V" profile.
  • Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl block inlays
  • Inlaid pearl "Epiphone" script logo and pearl column inlay on headstock
  • Open-book style headstock (1958-1964)
  • Elongated open-book headstock (1965-1969)
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 3-ply ivroid body
  • 1-ply ivroid neck & pickguard

Electronics:

  • Two NY pickups (1958-1960)
  • Two Mini humbuckers (1961-1969)
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch on upper bass bout

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Elevated tortoise shell pickguard
  • Rosewood bridge on rosewood base
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • Carousel knobs (1958-1960)
  • Reflector knobs (1961-1969)

Colors:

  • Natural
  • Sunburst
  • Cherry



Broadway Reissue

Epiphone Broadway
Epiphone Broadway Reissue
Epiphone Broadway
Epiphone Broadway Reissue Headstock
Epiphone Broadway
Epiphone Broadway Reissue Headstock
  • 1997-Current

Body:

  • Laminated maple body
  • Select spruce top
  • 17" body width

Neck:

  • Set maple neck with SlimTaper "C" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with V-block inlays
  • Pearl "Vine of Life" inlay on headstock
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 7-ply body
  • 3-ply neck & headstock
  • 1-ply f-hole
  • 5-ply pickguard

Electronics:

  • Alnico Classic humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 tone controls
  • Three-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge or rosewood bridge base
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • Elevated tortoise pickguard with metal "E" emblem
  • 16:1 ratio Grover die-cast tuners
  • Black reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Natural (NA)
  • Ebony (EB)
  • Antique Sunburst (AS)



Elitist Broadway

Epiphone Elitist Broadway
Epiphone Elitist Broadway
Epiphone Elitist Broadway
Epiphone Elite Broadway Headstock
  • 2002-2008

Body:

  • Solid spruce top
  • AAA Flame Maple back & sides
  • 17" body width
  • 3.375" body depth

Neck:

  • 5-Piece Maple/Rosewood set mahogany neck
  • Ebony fingerboard with abalone & pearl V-block inlays
  • Clipped-ear headstock with pearl Tree of Life inlay
  • Elite or Elitist logo on back of headstock
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 7-ply body
  • 5-ply pickguard
  • 3-ply neck & headstock
  • Single-ply f-holes

Electronics:

  • USA 50SR & 50TR humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • 24K Gold hardware
  • Grover tuners with Imperial Buttons
  • Tune-o-matic bridge frequensator tailpiece
  • Ebony bridge base with pearl inlays
  • Raised tortoise pickguard with foil "E" emblem
  • White carousel knobs

Colors:

  • Antique Natural (AN)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)

See Also: Elitist Archtops



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