1940 Epiphone "Emperor"

No longer mine, but still nice to show is this very nice pre-war instrument with serial 15755, dating it back to 1940. The guitar still has the gold open-back Grover tuners, which were phased out slowly between 1939 and 1941 in favour of Epiphone's own enclosed Epsilon tuners. It also still has a thick rosewood 'stinger' veneer on the back of the peghead as seen on many prewar Emperors, but doesnt appear on later instruments anymore.

This is a very bold rythm chunker, everything good one would expect from a pre-war Epiphone can be found and heard in this example. Loud and clear ! 

As an interesting side note; this guitar was previously owned by LB Fred, co-authour of the great "Fisch & Fred - Epiphone : the House of Stathopoulo" book. It is shown on pages 78 (headstock shots) and 280 (with Mr Fred) of that book as well. Interestingly, or maybe at least for Epiphone fans, I also have an instrument previously owned by Jim Fisch, i.e. this Gretsch Synchromatic 300.  

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