1965 Vintage Epiphone Broadway
First introduced in 1931, at Epi Stathopoulos’s NY workshop, and went through many modernization appointment upgrades during its production years.
In 1958 competitor Gibson guitar company bought Epiphone, and continued many of the models. The Broadway was kept in the fold, and now made alongside
Gibson archtops right in Kalamazoo Michigan. By 1958, and for the remainder of its run, the Broadway had pickups making it an electric archtop.
Ironically, the pickups chosen by Gibson were the new humbucking “new York” model.
This wonderful example is from 1965, and has the more desired wide nut, that was changed in 1966. It is also a blonde version (the most desired version of ANY manufactures archtop). Blonde archtops are like cherry sunburst Les Paul’s. The hands down favorite, and command a premium. The Broadway has the staggered frequinsator trapeze tail piece, and an ABR-1 Gibson tuneomatic bridge.
A VERY fine, sometimes overlooked archtop, and therefore can be had much more reasonable then Gibson, even though they were made side by side.
The Epiphone Broadway (regent) offered here, is in very good cosmetic and playable condition, with a comfortable action all the way up the neck.
Some small depressions and light scratches to be expected on a guitar that’s 50 years old, and was not kept like veal.
Comes with the original hard case making this a complete, inexpensive pro vintage archtop.
50 year old blonde’s with nearly all of their youthful appearance are rare and wonderful. Take this opportunity to get yours !