1950 Epiphone "Emperor Regent"
My big love (at least, guitar-wise), is the 1930-1957 Epiphone guitar. At the time these guitars were made, they were second to none. Especially their upper level instruments (Broadway, Deluxe, and Emperor) can measure themselves with anything out there, old or new.
One of the things that is hard to find though, is such a high-end Epi with a cutaway. Epiphone in 1949 finally made the cutaway option available on all its archtops. Since the original Epiphone company went under in 1953, cutaways remain very rare, especially for the acoustic / carved top Emperor and Deluxe's. The blonde finished Emperor Regent was Epiphone's most expensive instrument, with case listed at $555 in the 1950 price list...
When I had just picked up this 1950 Epiphone Emperor Regent, my luthier asked me what the grey thing inside was for. He let me look inside with a dentist mirror - turns out to be an old wasps nest ! Prior to my ownership; that guitar obviously hadnt been used for a while.
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