Archive for the 'Epiphone' Category

Piers Clark Talks and Shows

December 4, 2010

Nicolai Foss

Here is an interesting interview with UK player Piers Clark, talking about his two yummy L5s and his Emperor, “the original rhytm guitar.” There is also a number of Youtube clips with Piers demonstrasting his chordal style. And for even more Piers, check out his personal site.

Duke Selling Out

August 20, 2009

Nicolai Foss

Literally. Here. And here. The buy-it-now price on the Triumph strikes me as quite reasonable. Duke has long been an Epiphone afficionado, and most of his jazz recordings feature vintage Epis.

Amazing Stuff on

April 9, 2009

Nicolai Foss

My guess is that the current financial malaise is forcing a lot of collectors to sell some of the best specimens from their collections. Thus, is currently surpassing itself in terms of mouthwatering offers, not the least this blogger’s favorites, the immortal Epiphone archtops.

Of particular interest is a very pretty 1953 Epiphone Devon at only 2,395 USD, a 1963 (!) Epi Deluxe with twin humbuckers (pricey!), and one of the very rare 1992 Emperor reissues, offered at the ridiculously low price of 3,995 USD. And if you are into Epis, that (original) Emperor still hasn’t been sold, and is now down to 4,995 USD. Check it out!!

Oldest Epi Archtop?

March 23, 2008

Nicolai Foss

This highly unusual Triumph may not be the very first Epi archtop, but it is the oldest Joe at has seen, so it is quite likely that this is in fact numero uno. Note the very reasonable price. With the dollar at (almost) an all-time low, this should be seriously interesting for Euro-collectors.

Earliest Epi Deluxe?

March 4, 2008

Nicolai Foss

Here. What an amazing piece it is!

Django’s Epi

February 29, 2008

Nicolai Foss

Though usually associated with the SelMac, his main instrument, Django Reinhardt played many other guitars during his career, including a Gretsch Synchromatic, a Gibson L5, and an Epiphone Zephyr. Django played the archtops during US tour in 1946, but apparently only the Zephyr went back to France with him. Here is the story of Django’s Epi #3442.

Apropos: Are any of the O&M readers able to identify those Django recordings where he is playing the Zephyr and those where he is playing his Selmer with the Stimer pick-up?

Life is Cruel

February 29, 2008

Nicolai Foss

OK, at the moment I am Sundance, Utah, for a conference. It is a highly interesting conference, and I don’t want to leave. Besides, I have to deliver a talk. While chilling out in my log cabin today, I happened to come across the site of Intermountain Guitar and Banjo — located … you guessed it, in Salt Lake City.Why is this a problem? Well, IGB has an inventory that features the most amazing classic Epiphones (check out those two Emperors) plus lots of great Gibsons. And as readers of this blog know, I am an Epi nut. Hmmm, perhaps I can find a way to sneak out tomorrow.

The Big One on Ebay

December 30, 2007

Nicolai Foss

Here. A very clean example, judging from the (not too good) pics. In fact, most Emperors are pretty clean. It must have been obvious from the beginning that these were as much investments as tools.

Three Epi Deluxes on Ebay

December 22, 2007

Nicolai Foss

Yes, that is right, no less than three specimens of what some consider to be the best ever factory-made archtop. My dream is to one day be able to amass the amount of money that is required to buy an Emperor, but I got to admit that a Deluxe wouldn’t be a bad second choice.

OK, here is, first, an appr. 1932, 16” Masterbilt Deluxe. Overall very pretty (note the front and the back of the headstock), but with some ugly damage to the finish near the left f-hole and a repair to the back. It will be interesting to see what price this rare and beautiful guitar ends at. Second, here is a 1940s Deluxe, and, third, here is an extremely clean example from 1946.

Emperor Bleg

December 4, 2007

Nicolai Foss

This is from the excellent Freddie Green site:

The acoustic arch-top version of the Emperor was discontinued around 1957, but in subsequent years the name has been used to name several electric models, such as the Emperor II, Emperor Regent, and Joe Pass Emperor. These instruments have very little in common with acoustic arch-top version that Freddie Green used. Under the ownership of Gibson, Epiphone offered a Japanese-made Emperor acoustic re-issue in limited quantities for a short time during the mid 1990’s.

I have not been able to find info on this Emperor acoustic re-issue, nor have I ever seen it offered for sale. Can anyone help?

UPDATE: Here is a bit of info on these guitars.