A Brief History from our Tech Writer
The 1930s were a time when Jazz was king and guitars were made for the genre, with arched tops, f-holes, and BIG bodies. During this time, two guitar-building giants battled to dominate the swing capitol New York City, Epiphone and Gibson. It was to this end and for that city that the Epiphone Broadway was created; named, of course, after the legendary street where entertainment is king. The broadway was first introduced in 1931, and had an original run of 27 years until Jazz fell out of favor in the wake of Rock ‘n Roll. Meant to be a sort of apex for Epiphone’s Jazz boxes, the Broadway is certainly one of the biggest with a 17” body at its widest point. During their earliest runs, the Broadways had walnut bodies, but by 1939, maple had become the standard.
This piece is from 1945 and has a spruce top, figured maple back and sides, and a bound rosewood fretboard. Sporting some brilliant pearl inlays, this guitar has a very elegant look with an ornate vine design on the headstock and generously sized blocks on the fretboard. All the hardware is in great condition and full working order, including the original tuners, Frequensator bridge tailpiece, and adjustable rosewood bridge. The instrument has collected its fair share of scratches and dings over the past decades, but it is fairly well preserved for its age. The most stand-out issues would have to be some cracks on the top at the treble-side f-hole, but they appear to have been competently repaired and there is no give or flex under light finger pressure. Another notable quirk is that the neck lacquer has been worn away for most of its length from years of play, but this does not hinder play at all. Lastly, there seems to be a sort of replacement strap button that has broken off and the original pick-guard is missing. The guitar has received a thorough cleaning and set-up by our in-house tech and looks and plays great. The sound is nice and big, and the neck is nice and fat and feels substantial in the hands; perfect for a Jazz box. Ships in its original hard-shell case.
Weight: 5 lbs. 4 oz.
Nut width: 1 11/16”
8/10 (excellent condition) 1945 Made in the USA
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