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Epiphone Triumph Masterbilt
1932 Epiphone Triumph Masterbilt Headstock

The Triumph model was built in a 16" body size in the mid 1930's, before upsizing to the more familiar 17" guitars and was Epiphone's best-selling guitar. The Masterbilt Triumph is a rare example of the very first Triumph design, with a number of features seen only in Epis earliest years. The fingerboard inlay is composed of pearl diamonds in an alternating diagonal pattern. The peghead has the classic hand inscribed pearl banner and gold leaf engraving of the earliest Masterbilt instruments.


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Triumph Masterbilt

Epiphone Triumph Masterbilt
1932 Epiphone Triumph Masterbilt
Epiphone Triumph Masterbilt
1932 Epiphone Triumph Masterbilt
Epiphone Triumph Masterbilt
1933 Epiphone Triumph Masterbilt
  • 1931-1934

Body:

  • Walnut (1931-1933)
  • Maple (1934)
  • Carved, book-matched spruce top
  • Arched back
  • Hand-bent hard maple or walnut rims
  • Segmented F-holes

Neck:

  • Solid maple neck with triple-ply center
  • South American Rosewood fingerboard with celluloid double diamond inlays
  • Maple headstock with plastic engraved veneer
  • Bone nut
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.70" nut width
  • 16.375" body width

Binding:

  • Pearl pyralin body binding

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge with trapeze tailpiece
  • Raised black pickguard

Colors:

  • Sunburst



Triumph

Epiphone Triumph
1937-1939 Epiphone Triumph
Epiphone Triumph
1940-1958 Epiphone Triumph
  • 1935-1957

Body:

  • Carved spruce top
  • Maple back and sides
  • Standard F-holes
  • 16.375" body width (1935-1936)
  • 17.375" body width (1937-1957)

Neck:

  • Set solid maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl diamond inlay
  • Tombstone headstock with floral inlay (1935-1939)
  • Open-book style headstock with Column inlay (1940-1957)
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.70" nut width

Binding:

  • 1-ply body & neck

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Raised pickguard
  • Three-per-side tuners
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge
  • Trapeze tailpiece (1935-1938)
  • Frequensator tailpiece (1939-1957)

Colors:

  • Blonde
  • Sunburst



Triumph Regent

Epiphone Triumph Cutaway
1953 Epiphone Triumph Regent
  • Triumph Regent (1948-1953)
  • Renamed to Triumph Cutaway (1953-1957)
  • Renamed to Triumph (1958-1969)
  • Available by special order only in 1965

Body:

  • Single round cutaway body
  • Carved spruce top
  • Maple back and sides
  • Standard F-holes

Neck:

  • Set solid maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl diamond inlay
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.70" nut width

Binding:

  • Body & neck

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Raised tortoise pickguard
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge with frequensator tailpiece
  • Three-per-side tuners

Colors:

  • Blonde
  • Sunburst



Hollywood Tenor / Triumph Tenor

Epiphone Hollywood Tenor
1932 Epiphone Masterbilt Hollywood Tenor
Epiphone Hollywood Tenor
1932 Epiphone Masterbilt Hollywood Tenor Headstock
Epiphone Hollywood Tenor
1932 Epiphone Masterbilt Hollywood Tenor Inlays
  • 1931-1957
  • 4-string tenor guitar
  • Masterbilt Hollywood Tenor (1931-1934)
  • Renamed to Triumph Tenor (1935-1957)

Body:

  • Walnut (1931-1933)
  • Maple (1934-1957)
  • Carved & book-matched spruce top
  • Carved back
  • Hand-bent rims
  • 16.375" body width (1931-1934)
  • 17.375" body width (1935-1957)

Neck:

  • Mahogany neck with center stripe
  • Rosewood fingerboard with celluloid inlays
  • Double diagonal diamond inlays (1931-1934)
  • Single centered diamond inlays (1935-1957)
  • Bone nut
  • 25.5" scale

Headstock:

  • Masterbilt with banner inlay (1931-1934)
  • Tombstone style headstock (1936-1939)
  • Open-book style headstock (1940-1957)

Binding:

  • Ivorine body & neck binding

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Ebony adjustable bridge with rosewood base
  • Trapeze tailpiece (1931-1934)
  • Frequensator tailpiece (1934-1957)

Colors:

  • Sunburst



Masterbilt Special Tenor

  • 1931-1933
  • 4-string Triumph tenor guitar

Body:

  • Carved spruce top
  • Carved walnut back
  • Hand-bent walnut rims
  • Segmented f-holes
  • 16.375" body width

Neck:

  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with celluloid double diamond inlays
  • Masterbilt headstock with "Special" banner inlay
  • Bone nut
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Ivorine body binding

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Adjustable ebony bridge with rosewood base
  • Trapeze tailpiece

Colors:

  • Walnut



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