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.
"As Gibson and Epiphone competed throughout the 1930s, each produced increasingly large and extravagant archtops. This DeLuxe, as well as the top-of-the-line Emperor, were a reaction to Gibson's Super 400. The DeLuxe featured a 17 3/8"" body (an inch larger than its debut specs), cloud inlay, tree-of-life headstock inlay, a 5-piece neck constructed from highly figured maple, figured-maple body, and a Frequensator tailpiece. "