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1944 Epiphone Olympic
Hello, Up for your consideration today is a 1944 Epiphone Olympic archtop guitar made in New York, long before Gibson's acquisition of the Epiphone Company. This is my neighbor's guitar which I am selling for him. He remembers purchasing it brand new in 1945. He has been the the only owner of this guitar. I believe it to be in very fine condition both cosmetically and playable. It measures 15 3/8 inches across the lower bout, 11 inches across the upper, 1 5/8 inches wide at the nut, and has a 25.4 inch scale length. The finish is original. The guitar plays well as is and does not have any buzzin' or playability problems. The neck angle and string action both look good to me. The thumb wheels on the Rosewood bridge are in the middle position with plenty of room to raise or lower. The trapeze tailpiece at some time was repaired with a wood string retainer(as seen in the photos). There is a very small separation at the heal of the neck that does not effect the neck at all. It has been the same for 20+ years without any movement. (It can be seen in the pictures). The neck width is 1 and 5/8 inch and the profile is a rather flattish round, or oval. It is not a fat C shape and certainly not V shaped. The headstock has a script inlay with 3-on-a-plate tuners. The neck is straight as a arrow and fully adjustable with a steel truss rod. The Mahogany neck has some finish loss here and there on the back but nothing to get in a twist over I don't think. There is moderate wear and tear one would expect all over the guitar but no cracks or repairs. The binding is original and tight to the body, not loose anywhere. It has a two-piece carved spruce sunburst top with cello style F holes. The sides are Mahogany and the back is pressed Mahogany. The fingerboard is Rosewood. It's got a desirable percussive sound when played with barre chords.....great for jazz or swing.
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