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GALLERY: Vintage Epiphones of the 1930s

In the early 20th century, Epiphone was known as one of New York''s premier archtop builders. See 14 exquisite examples of early works and learn how the company changed in the first three decades of the 20th Century.

1932 Triumph Masterbilt
"After the limited success of their Recording series guitars, Epiphone released a line of archtops in 1931 that more closely resembled the Gibson Master Models. The Triumph was part of that line, and went head-to-head with the Gibson L-7. The 25 1/2"" scale guitar is 16 3/8"" wide and features hand-bent rims, a dovetail neck-joint, three-ply binding, walnut back and sides, paired diamond inlays, and trapeze tailpiece. "