Archive for the 'Epiphone' Category

Blackstone Massacre

November 22, 2007

Nicolai Foss

We need to have penal code that will allow the legal system to prosecute people who commit this kind of crime! Grrrrr….

UPDATE: Here is one more Blackstone massacre, not as bad as the first one, but surely bad enough!! Why can’t people do this to real craptops only, like Harmony or Framus arctops, and leave quality archtops alone?

Epiphone Yahoo Group

October 24, 2007

Nicolai Foss

… and a very specialized one indeed: It is entirely dedicated to gather and publish information about the inexpensive but pretty Epiphone Olympic archtop guitar. 23 members (including yours truly).

Epiphone Roundup

September 28, 2007

Nicolai Foss

There seems to be an unusual amount of beautiful Epi archtops on ebay at the moment, including a stunning 1951 Zephyr Deluxe Regent, a cool little Zenith, another Zenith with a New York pick-up assembly,an Olympic with a Silvertone pickup, a fantastic Deluxe (hefty price!), and a somewhat less fantastic Deluxe.

The Big One on British Ebay

September 21, 2007

Nicolai Foss

Here. The seller seems to me to undersell. The guitar looks relatively clean, except for that terrible circular cut. Your chance to land an Emperor for a reasonable amount of money?

Buffalo Bros. and Epiphone

August 22, 2007

Nicolai Foss

Buffalo Bros. seems on their way to beating as the premier dealer of vintage Epis. Not only do they offer a stunning Emperor, they also offer a beautiful Broadway. Wow!

Too Good To Be True?

June 24, 2007

Nicolai Foss

Yesterday I spotted an Epiphone Emperor from 1945 on British ebay. It was offered at 600 GBP (including handling and shipping). This is roughly 1/3 – 1/4 of what an Emperor would reasonably sell at in US, and probably between 1/5 and 1/6 at the price that it would sell at in Europe. Well, some people are crazy or ignorant, and you may be lucky, so I immediately mailed the email address that was mentioned. A “S L” replied, confirming the price, and adding: “The deal will be made through an eBay program which will protect both of us. If you are ready for the deal let me know your full name and shipping address and i’ll start the deal with eBay.” I checked the guitar again and noticed that it had been removed from the listing. When I asked the seller about this, he replied that he had “some problems with his credit card.” This morning I noticed that it has been relisted. You can find it here.

Some Nice Epis on Ebay

May 31, 2007

Nicolai Foss

There haven’t been many Epis on Ebay recently, but this may be changing. Here is a nice natural finish Blackstone (starting bid 795 USD). Although “student models” (to use snob-guitar-connaisseur lingo) these are excellent archtops, often with that huge Epi voice. Here is a 1951 Triumph Regent. And here is what looks like a 1940 Electar. (The seller notes that “I don’t know the model, but I’m relatively sure that it’s a guitar”!!).

Howard Roberts’ Guitars

May 20, 2007

Nicolai Foss

Howard Roberts’ name will forever be associated with the model he designed for Epiphone and Gibson, The Epiphone Howard Roberts Custom and Standard, and the Gibson Howard Roberts Artist. The model, sort of an updated L4 with Florentine cutaway, was copied by numerous Japanese companese (most famously by Ibanez) but also by German producer Hoyer. Here is a full list of the guitars Roberts designed and owned. The page is part of Mike Evans’ very well-researched Howard Roberts site.

Epi Bonanza on Ebay

April 7, 2007

Nicolai Foss

It is only very seldom that so many wonderful Epiphone archtops are offered for sale at Ebay. Here is one of the most stunning examples of the Deluxe — often claimed to be the best factory-made archtop ever produced — I have seen. At 6,500 USD a pretty hefty buy-it-now price, but considering that the Deluxe is as good (some claim better) than the Emperor, not entirely unrealistic. Here is another, blonde, Deluxe. Also stunning, but apparently it needs some work. Here is a Spartan with some Hawaiian painting on the back. I know what I would do with it if I purchased this guitar!

However, the best bargain of them all, if “bargain” is to be defined as high value for a small price, is surely this great looking Zephyr with a ridiculously low buy-it-now price of only 890 USD. Too bad I have too many black boxes sitting around the house already…

More Emperor

March 13, 2007

Nicolai Foss

British ebay has a very strange Epiphone Emperor for sale. It has an added florentine cutaway! Sacrilege!