Sorrentino Models

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Sorrentino Master Guitars & Mandolins
Sorrentino Master Guitars & Mandolins

Instruments previously built by Epiphone in New York, NY circa mid-1930s. Distributed by C.M.I. (Chicago Musical Instruments). In the book, Epiphone: The House of Stathopoulo, authors Jim Fisch and L.B. Fred indicate that Sorrentino instruments were built by Epaminondas Stathopoulos┬┤ Epiphone company during the mid-1930s. Unlike other 1930s budget lines, the Sorrentinos are similar in quality and prices to Epiphones during this time period. Of the six models (Luxor, Premier, Artist, Avon, Lido, and Arcadia), two models were even higher priced than their Epiphone counterpart.

Sorrentinos share construction designs and serialization similar to same-period Epiphones, and headstock designs similar to the Epiphone-built Howard brand models. Sorrentinos, like budget line Gibsons, do not have a truss rod in the neck. Labels inside the body read: Sorrentino Mfg. Co., USA.

(source: Jim Fisch and L.B. Fred, Epiphone: The House of Stathopoulo)


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Models


Luxor

Sorrentino Luxor
Sorrentino Luxor
Sorrentino Luxor
Sorrentino Luxor
  • Similar to the DeLuxe
  • Grand Auditorium size

Body:

  • Carved spruce top
  • Curly maple back & sides
  • 16.375" body width

Neck:

  • Set maple neck with walnut center stripe
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays
  • Inlaid Sorrentino logo & inverted partial fluer-de-lis inlay

Binding:

  • Single-ply body binding with block marquetry purfling
  • Single-ply neck & headstock binding
  • Single-ply pickguard binding

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Elevated pickguard with binding
  • Rosewood bridge & bridge base
  • Trapeze tailpiece



Premier

  • Similar to the Tudor
  • Grand Auditorium size

Body:

  • Carved spruce top
  • Curly maple back & sides
  • 16.375" body width

Neck:

  • Mahogany neck with maple center stripe
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl diamond inlays
  • Inlaid Sorrentino logo & inverted partial fluer-de-lis inlay

Binding:

  • Single-ply body, neck & headstock binding

Hardware:

  • Nickel Hardware
  • Elevated pickguard with binding
  • Rosewood bridge & bridge base
  • Trapeze tailpiece



Artist

Sorrentino Artist
Sorrentino Artist
Sorrentino Artist Sorrentino Artist
Sorrentino Artist
Sorrentino Artist
  • Similar to the Broadway
  • Grand Auditorium size

Body:

  • Carved spruce top
  • Walnut back & sides
  • 16.375" body width

Neck:

  • Mahogany neck with maple center stripe
  • Rosewood fingerboard with large notched-diamond inlays
  • Inlaid Sorrentino logo & inverted partial fluer-de-lis inlay

Binding:

  • Single-ply body & neck binding

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Elevated bakelite pickguard
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • Individual open-back Grover tuners

Colors:

  • Shaded



Avon

Sorrentino Avon
Sorrentino Avon

Body:

  • Carved spruce top
  • Walnut back & sides
  • 15.5" body width
  • 3.375" body depth

Neck:

  • Mahogany neck with maple center stripe
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl zig-zag notched-diamond inlays
  • Inlaid Sorrentino logo & inverted partial fluer-de-lis inlay
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply body & neck binding

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Elevated bakelike pickguard with no binding
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • Individual open-back Grover tuners

Colors:

  • Shaded



Lido

  • Similar to the Zenith
  • Grand Auditorium size

Body:

  • Carved spruce top
  • Mahogany back & sides
  • 16.375" body width

Neck:

  • Mahogany neck with maple center stripe
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl small diamond inlays
  • Inlaid Sorrentino logo & no headstock inlay

Binding:

  • Single-ply body & neck binding

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Elevated pickguard with no binding
  • Rosewood bridge & bridge base
  • Trapeze tailpiece



Arcadia

Sorrentino Arcadia
Sorrentino Arcadia
  • Similar to the Olympic
  • Concert size

Body:

  • Carved spruce top
  • 13.625" body width
  • Walnut back & sides

Neck:

  • Mahogany neck with maple center stripe
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays
  • Inlaid Sorrentino logo & no headstock inlay

Binding:

  • Single-ply body binding

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Elevated pickguard with no binding
  • Rosewood bridge & bridge base
  • Trapeze tailpiece



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