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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.

1933 Zenith Masterbilt
"The Zenith archtop debuted at 13 5/8"" wide before being changed to 14 3/4"" in 1934, and later changed again to 16 3/8"" after Epiphone was purchased by Gibson. These debut specs included segmented f-holes, a book-matched spruce and sunburst-finished carved-top, maple back and sides, dot inlay, single-bound top and back, and a C-contoured mahogany/maple neck with an Indian rosewood fretboard. "