DeLuxe Acoustic Archtop

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1930's Epiphone Masterbilt DeLuxe
Epiphone Masterbilt DeLuxe Headstock
1930's Epiphone DeLuxe
Epiphone DeLuxe Headstock

Debuting in 1931, the Deluxe was introduced as Epiphone's top-of the line guitar. The Epiphone Masterbilt Deluxe was the fanciest, most powerful archtop guitar of its day. Late in 1935, Epiphone introduced a totally redesigned line of bigger, more powerful guitars engineered to meet the demands of the big band era.

Originally christened the Super Deluxe, this guitar was the top of the 17" line, and featured the asymmetrical Masterbilt headstock with an ornate tree-of-life inlay, segmented f-holes, mother of pearl cloud fingerboard inlays, extra binding at the edges of the fingerboard, a new streamlined bound tortoise pickguard, and bound cello-style f-holes. Regarded by many as the pinnacle of Epiphone design, the DeLuxe are almost invariably excellent sounding and playing guitars as well.

Introduced in 1941, the Zephyr Deluxe was Epiphone's top-of-the line 17" instrument. The Zephyr Deluxe Regent was the electric cutaway version of their legendary Deluxe model archtop


The DeLuxe series included:


See Also: DeLuxe Archtop Electric


Contents

Models


DeLuxe

Epiphone Masterbilt DeLuxe
1933 Epiphone Masterbilt DeLuxe
Epiphone DeLuxe
1938 Epiphone DeLuxe
Epiphone DeLuxe
1940 Epiphone DeLuxe
Epiphone Deluxe
1946 Epiphone Deluxe
Epiphone DeLuxe
1951 Epiphone DeLuxe
  • 1931-1957

Body:

  • Handcarved bookmatched spruce top
  • Curly maple back and sides
  • Segmented F-holes (1931-1935)
  • Standard F-holes (1936-1957)
  • 3.375" body depth
  • 16.375" Masterbilt body style (1931-1935)
  • 17.375" Super DeLuxe body style (1936-1970)

Neck:

  • Curly maple neck with triple center plies
  • Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Fingerboard Inlays:

  • Diamonds & triangle inlays (1931-1933)
  • Block inlays (1934-1935)
  • Fan pattern inlays (1935-1936)
  • Cloud inlay (1935-1957)

Headstock & Logo:

  • Masterbilt with Banner logo (1931-1933)
  • Masterbilt with Vine logo (1934-1935)
  • Open-book with Vine logo (1940-1970)

Binding:

  • Multi-ply pyralin binding on top and back
  • Single-ply pyralin binding on neck & headstock
  • Unbound F-holes (1931-1935)
  • Bound F-holes (1936-1957)

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Adjustable compensated ebony bridge
  • Grover Sta-Tite style tuners
  • Trapeze tailpiece (1931-1935)
  • Frequensator tailpiece (1936-1957)
  • White Ivoroid pickguard (1931-1935)
  • Bound Bakelite pickguard (1931-1935)
  • Stylized Tortise pickguard (1936-1957)

Colors:

  • Sunburst
  • Natural




DeLuxe Regent

Epiphone DeLuxe Regent
1951 Epiphone DeLuxe Regent
Epiphone DeLuxe Cutaway
1957 DeLuxe Cutaway
  • DeLuxe Regent 1950-1953
  • Renamed to Deluxe Cutaway (1954-1970)

Body:

  • Handcarved bookmatched solid spruce top
  • Curly maple back and sides

Neck:

  • 3-piece Maple neck
  • Single bound Braziliann rosewood fingerboard
  • Cloud fingerboard inlay
  • Bound open-book style headstock with Vine logo
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Multi-ply binding on top and back

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Adjustable compensated ebony bridge with bone saddle
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • Stylized Tortise pickguard

Colors:

  • Sunburst
  • Natural



Empire Tenor

  • 1931-1937
  • Tenor version of the DeLuxe

Body:

  • Handcarved bookmatched spruce top
  • Curly maple back and sides
  • Unbound Segmented f-holes
  • 16.375" body width

'Neck:

  • Curly maple neck with triple center plies
  • Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with diamond & triangle inlays
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Multi-ply pyralin binding on top and back
  • Single-ply pyralin binding on neck & headstock

Hardware:

  • Gold plated hardware
  • Adjustable compensated ebony bridge with bone saddle
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • White Ivoroid pickguard (1931-1935)
  • Grover Sta-Tite style tuners



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