Broadway Acoustic Archtop

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1932 Epiphone Broadway Acoustic Archtop Headstock
1932 Epiphone Broadway Acoustic Archtop Masterbilt Headstock

"The Broadway was the same size as the DeLuxe, but its back and sides were of walnut -- an unusual choice of wood. Walnut had been Orville Gibson's choice of wood when he made the first carved-top and carved-back mandolins and guitars, and the Gibson company's earliest offerings had been of walnut, but no high-quality guitars had been made of walnut in a quarter century. The Broadway had four-point stars for fingerboard inlay. It was not quite as deluxe as the DeLuxe, but it still had the fancy Masterbilt peghead" (Walter Carter, Epiphone: The Complete History, pp. 23-25).


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, and it was the only electric with a full-depth hollow body


See Also: Broadway Electric Archtop


Contents

Models


Broadway

Epiphone Broadway Acoustic Archtop
1932 Epiphone Broadway Acoustic Archtop
Epiphone Broadway Acoustic Archtop
1934 Epiphone Broadway Acoustic Archtop
Epiphone Broadway Acoustic Archtop
1937-1939 Epiphone Broadway Acoustic Archtop
Epiphone Broadway Acoustic Archtop
1941 Epiphone Broadway Acoustic Archtop
  • 1931-1958

Body:

  • One piece carved spruce top
  • American Walnut arched back
  • Walnut back and sides (1931-1938)
  • Maple back and sides (1939-1958)
  • Segmented f-holes (1931-1936)
  • Standard F-holes (1937-1958)
  • 16 1/2" body width (1931-1936)
  • 17 3/8" body width (1937-1958)

Neck:

  • 3-piece "C" shape mahogany neck with dovetail
  • Bound Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • Diamond inlays with block inlay at 12th fret (1931-1933)
  • Large block fingerboard inlays (1934-1958)
  • 1.72" nut width
  • 25.5" scale

Headstock

  • Masterbilt headstock (1931-1938)
  • Open-book headstock (1939-1958)
  • Materbilt banner inlay (1931-1934)
  • Wandering vine inlay (1935-1949)
  • Flower headstock inlay (1950-1953)
  • Column headstock inlay (1954-1958)

Binding:

  • 3-ply body
  • 1-ply neck

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware (1931-1933)
  • Gold hardware (1934-1958)
  • Raised pickguard
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge
  • Straight pickguard (1931-1936)
  • Longer, stylized pickguard (1937-1958)
  • Trapeze tailpiece (1931-1938)
  • Frequensator tailpiece (1939-1958)

Colors:

  • Sunburst
  • Natural



Broadway Regent

Epiphone Broadway Regent
Epiphone Broadway Regent
  • 1948-1958

Body:

  • Single rounded cutaway body
  • Carved spruce top
  • Walnut arched back
  • Standard F-holes

Neck:

  • 3-piece "C" shape mahogany neck with dovetail
  • Rosewood fingerboard with large block inlays
  • Open-book headstock with flower inlay
  • 1.72" nut width
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • 3-ply body
  • Single-ply neck & headstock

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Elevated tortoise pickguard
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge and base
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • 170.375" body width

Colors:

  • Sunburst
  • Blonde



Bretton Tenor

Epiphone Bretton Tenor
Epiphone Bretton Tenor
  • Bretton Tenor 1931-1936
  • Renamed to Broadway Tenor 1937-1953
  • Four-string tenor version of the Broadway

Body:

  • Carved spruce top
  • Walnut back and sides (1931-1938)
  • Maple back and sides (1939-1953)
  • Segmented f-holes (1931-1936)
  • Standard f-holes 1937-1953)
  • 16 1/2" body width (1931-1936)
  • 17 3/8" body width (1937-1953)

Neck:

  • Rosewood fingerboard with diamond inlays
  • Masterbilt headstock with banner logo (1931-1936)
  • Open-book headstock with "Wandering Vine" inlay (1937-1953)

Binding:

  • Ivory & black body binding

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware (1931-1933)
  • Gold hardware (1934-1953)
  • Raised pickguard
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge & base
  • Trapeze tailpiece

Colors:

  • Sunburst



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