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This 1951 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent was Epiphone's top of the line competition to the Gibson electric archtops of the era. This would have originally had "Tone Spectrum/New York" single coil pickups in it. Most players don't really care for the sound of those pickups, and that's likely why these were changed to the much more preferred P90 pickup, in this case dogears with ivory covers. These pickups have baseplates that look consistent with some vintage Gibsons and the tape around the coils glows in a blacklight, like vintage Gibson example, but the wires enter the pickup in a different way than is typical for Gibson pickups, so I'm not certain who made these. I'm not familiar with any current maker who uses baseplates shaped like vintage Gibson ones. In any case, these definitely sound the vintage Gibson part with classic P90 tone.
While this, in keeping with the usual specs for an Epiphone Deluxe, this has a 17-inch lower bout. In contrast to some other examples of the Deluxe, this one has Emperor inlays, rather than the cloud inlays more often seen. The hardware is all original (tuners, bridge knobs, and tailpiece.
The guitar shows in very good condition with some wear which is heaviest in the upper bout near the end of the fingerboard. There is some light oversprayed lacquer over the top of the original. The guitar has a full C-shaped neck, quite similar to the 1959 Gibson carve. The nut width is a little larger than the Gibson standard at 1.74 inches. The guitar plays beautifully with notes ringing out clearly at all frets on all strings.
The original hardshell case is included. The case is in good condition, and all of the latches and hinges function.
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