Recording Models

From The Unofficial Epiphone Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

At the height of the banjo boom in 1928, Epi had introduced the Recording series of guitars, each one identified only by a letter ('A' through 'E') and notable for their unusual body shape. The Recording guitars were a combination of spruce and laminated maple, with either an arched or flat top, depending on the price.

The Recording guitars were not a success. One problem was a lack of celebrity endorsement. The other was a lack of volume. The Recording guitars were too small and arguably too ornate, particularly in comparison to the mighty size and volume of the Gibson L-5.


Contents

Models


Recording Model A

Epiphone Recording Model A
Epiphone Recording Model A Headstock
  • 1928-1931
  • Venetian body style

Body:

  • Graduated flat spruce top
  • 3-ply figured maple or mahogany back & sides

Neck:

  • Set maple neck with "V" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay
  • Double-dots at 7th fret
  • Rounded headstock with pearloid overlay
  • Hand-etched & painted banner logo engraving
  • 25" scale

Binding:

  • 2-ply black body binding
  • Multi-ply rosette

Hardware:

  • Banjo-style tuners
  • Unstaggered rosewood bridge
  • Elevated pickguard extending to bridge



Recording Model A Tenor

Epiphone Recording Model A Tenor
Epiphone Recording Model A Tenor
Epiphone Recording Model A Tenor
Epiphone Recording Model A Tenor Headstock
  • 1928-1931
  • Venetian body style
  • 4-string tenor model

Body:

  • Graduated flat spruce top
  • Flat 3-ply figured maple or mahogany back & sides

Neck:

  • Set maple neck with "V" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay
  • Pearloid overlay on rounded headstock
  • Hand-etched & painted banner logo on headstock

Binding:

  • Single-ply black body binding
  • 3-ring multi-ply rosette

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Banjo tuners
  • Rosewood bridge with staggered pins
  • Black non-elevated celluloid pickguard
  • Bone nut



Recording Model B

Epiphone Recording Model B
Epiphone Recording Model B Headstock
  • 1928-1931
  • Venetian body style

Body:

  • Hand carved spruce top
  • Arched maple back & sides

Neck:

  • Set maple neck with "V" profile
  • Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Plastic pearloid headstock veneer with painted banner logo engraving
  • 25" scale

Binding:

  • 2-ply body binding
  • Single-ply white neckbinding
  • Multi-ply pyralin rosette with bound sound hole

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Non-adjustable rosewood bridge
  • Unstaggered pin bridge or trapeze tailpiece
  • Elevated pickguard extending to bridge
  • Banjo-style tuners
  • Bone nut



Recording Model C

1928-1928 Epiphone Recording Model C
1928-1929 Epiphone Recording Model C
Epiphone Recording Model C
1930-1931 Epiphone Recording Model C
1928-1928 Epiphone Recording Model C
1928-1929 Epiphone Recording Model C Headstock
  • 1928-1931
  • Venetian body style
  • Optional conventional symmetrical acoustic body shape (1928-1929)

Body:

  • Hand carved spruce flat top
  • Arched figured maple back & maple sides

Neck:

  • Set maple neck with "V" profile
  • Ebony fingerboard with rounded or pointed end
  • Plastic pearloid headstock veneer with painted banner logo engraving
  • 25" scale

Binding:

  • 3-ply white body binding
  • Single-ply neck binding
  • 14-ply pyralin rosette

Hardware:

  • Non-adjustable bridge with staggered ivory bridge pins
  • Elevated pickguard extending to bridge
  • Engraved nickel hardware
  • Bone nut

1928-1929

  • Triangular tortoise pickguard
  • Ebony bridge with ornate belly
  • Ornately carved with french curves
  • Ornate painted flower & banner engravings
  • Enclosed brass 4:1 ratio banjo tuners with ivory buttons
  • Paired diamond inlays in zig-zag pattern

1930-1931

  • Contoured black pickguard
  • Rosewood non-belly bridge
  • Tombstone style with rounded top
  • Less ornate painted banner logo
  • Open-back plate-mounted tuners with ivory buttons
  • Pearl dot inlays with double-dots at 7th & 12th frets



Recording Model D

Epiphone Recording Model D
1930 Epiphone Recording Model D
Epiphone Recording Model D
1930 Epiphone Recording Model D
  • 1928-1931
  • Venetian body style

Body:

  • Hand carved spruce flat top
  • Arched figured maple back & maple sides

Neck:

  • Set maple neck with "V" profile
  • Ebony fingerboard with rounded or pointed end
  • Plastic pearloid headstock veneer with painted banner logo engraving
  • 25" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply white body & neck binding
  • Multi-ply pyralin rosette with bound sound hole

Hardware:

  • Non-adjustable ebony bridge
  • Staggered pin bridge or trapeze tailpiece
  • Elevated pickguard extending to bridge
  • Engraved nickel hardware
  • Banjo-style tuners
  • Bone nut



Recording Model E

Epiphone Recording Model E
1928-1929 Epiphone Recording Model E
Epiphone Recording Model E
1930-1931 Epiphone Recording Model E
Epiphone Recording Model E
1928-1929 Epiphone Recording Model E Headstock
Epiphone Recording Model E
1930-1931 Epiphone Recording Model E Headstock
  • 1928-1931

Body:

  • Hand carved spruce top
  • Figured maple sides
  • Arched birdseye maple back

Neck:

  • Set maple neck with "V" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with rounded end
  • Plastic pearloid headstock veneer with painted banner logo engraving
  • 25" scale

Binding:

  • 3-ply white body binding
  • Single-ply neck binding
  • 14-ply pyralin rosette

Hardware:

  • Engraved nickel hardware
  • Non-adjustable bridge with staggered ivory bridge pins
  • Elevated pickguard extending to bridge
  • Bone nut

1928-1929

  • Triangular tortoise pickguard
  • Ebony bridge with ornate belly
  • Ornately carved with french curves
  • Ornate painted flower & banner engravings
  • Enclosed brass 4:1 ratio banjo tuners with ivory buttons
  • Celluloid block inlays with floral engraving

1930-1931

  • Contoured black pickguard
  • Rosewood non-belly bridge
  • Tombstone style with rounded top
  • Less ornate painted banner logo
  • Open-back plate-mounted tuners with ivory buttons
  • Pearl dot inlays with double-dots at 7th & 12th frets




Electrics | Archtops | Acoustics | Basses | Bluegrass | Amplifiers | Promotional Guitars

Personal tools
Like us on facebook!