1939 Epiphone Zentih, Tobacco Burst
While widely known today as the maker of affordable Gibson models, Epiphone has a rich history of instrument building dating back to its founding in 1873 in what is now Ismir, Turkey. It was not until 1958 that Gibson bought the company, and this 1939 acoustic archtop Zenith was made during the company’s time in New York. The Zenith series was first introduced in 1933 to meet the desires of the burgeoning Big Band and jazz scene of the times. This instrument is comparable to a Gibson L-5 and has a similar sound; richly aged and perfect for jazz. This guitar has seen a long life of play and bears the appropriate scars, including a binding repair at the heel, delamination and detachment at the back, and many scratches and dings all across the finish. The neck has lots of relief and the truss rod is not too keen on adjusting at the moment, so this guitar may be a candidate for a neck reset and light restore. Despite these issues, the instrument still plays well in the lower positions and sounds quite nice. This instrument is in good condition and ships in a hard plastic case.
6.5/10 (good condition) 1939 Made in the USA
4 lbs. 10 oz.
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