Olympic+Zenith models

Epiphone models 19281956

Epiphone models with descriptions of their typical features and feature changes over time. The dates refer to the estimated production year of the first documented examples showing the respective feature.

When comparing described features to actual examples keep in mind that many surviving instruments underwent repairs during their life and had parts replaced or modified, often done by the Epiphone factory. In such cases it is not uncommon to see later features on an earlier instrument. On the other hand, there are examples of low-production models (tenor guitars, mandolins, etc.) showing features typical for an earlier period, obviously because Epiphone used up older, left-over parts on these. 

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Note: Within sections models appear in alphabetical order. Cutaway and 4-string versions are listed within main model. In descriptions click links to show photo of example.

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1. Recording + Seville guitars
  • Recording A, B, C, D, E
  • Seville S-0, S-1, S-2, S-3, S-4

2. Archtop guitars (acoustic)
  • Blackstone
  • Broadway
  • Byron
  • DeLuxe
  • Devon
  • Emperor
  • Olympic
  • Ritz
  • Royal
  • Spartan
  • Triumph
  • Tudor
  • Zenith

3. Tenor + plectrum guitars (early acoustic)
  • Beverly
  • Bretton
  • Empire
  • Hollywood
  • Melody
  • Regent

4. Mandolins (acoustic)
  • Adelphi
  • Artist
  • Rivoli
  • Strand
  • Windsor

5. Flattop guitars (acoustic)
  • FT 27
  • FT 30
  • FT 37
  • FT 45
  • FT 50
  • FT 75
  • Ft 79
  • FT 110
  • FT 210 DeLuxe Cutaway
  • FT DeLuxe
  • Madrid
  • Navarre

6. Electric Spanish hollowbody guitars
  • Century Spanish
  • Coronet Spanish
  • Electar (Model M) Spanish
  • Kent Spanish
  • Model C Spanish
  • Volpe
  • Zephyr DeLuxe
  • Zephyr Emperor
  • Zephyr Spanish

7. Electric Hawaiian guitars
  • Century Hawaiian
  • Console (Solo, Duo, Triple)
  • Coronet Hawaiian
  • Electar Hawaiian
  • Kent Hawaiian
  • Model C Hawaiian
  • Model M Hawaiian
  • Rocco Hawaiian
  • Varichord
  • Zephyr Hawaiian

8. Electric mandolins + banjos
  • Century Mandolin
  • Electar Banjo / Century Banjo
  • Model M Mandolin
  • Zephyr Banjo
  • Zephyr Mandolin

9. Amplifiers
  • Asta Amplifier
  • Century Amplifier
  • Coronet Amplifier
  • Electar Amplifier
  • Kent Amplifier
  • Model C Amplifier
  • Model M Amplifier
  • Special Amplifier
  • Super Amplifier
  • Zephyr Amplifier
  • Zephyr Dreadnaught Amplifier

Last updated: 7 Aug 2017


1. Recording + Seville guitars

Model: Recording A, B, C, D, E
First made: c. 1928
Last made: c. 1931
Designation: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
Body size: 13 1/2" (Concert) + 15 1/2" (Auditorium);
single cutaway
Finish: natural or sunburst top; sunburst back
4-string: Tenor/Plectrum (A)
Headstock: banjo style, rounded (A) or pointed (B, C, D, E);
black banners on pearloid; model letter
Plating: nickel
Tuners: banjo style, plastic buttons
Fretboard: rosewood, no binding (A) or single binding (B, C, D, E)

dot (A), zigzag paired dots (B), zigzag paired diamonds (C), engraved block (D, E) 
Pickguard: black plastic (D, E); none (A, B, C)
Bridge: floating bridge with trapeze tailpiece, or pin bridge
Soundhole: round
Top: spruce; flat (A, B); flat or arched (C, D, E)
Back/sides: maple, flat (A) or arched (B, C, D, E)
Price: A–Concert $50; A–Auditorium $60;
B–Concert $75; B–Auditorium $85;
C–Concert $100; C–Auditorium $115;
D–Concert $125; D–Auditorium $140;
E–Concert $175; E–Auditorium $190


Model: Seville S-0, S-1, S-2, S-3, S-4
First made: c. 1930
Last made: c. 1931
Designation: model number on headstock; SN stamped inside body
Body size: 13 1/2" (Concert) + 15 1/2" (Auditorium)
Finish: natural (S-0, S-1, S-2) or sunburst (S-3, S-4)
Headstock: snakehead, rounded peak or center dip; banner logo, model number; models S-2, S-3, S-4: vine
Plating: nickel
Tuners: strip, plastic buttons
Fretboard: rosewood, no binding (S-0) or single binding

dot, zigzag paired dots or zigzag paired diamonds
Pickguard: black plastic
Bridge: pin bridge
Soundhole: round
Top: mahogany (S-0) or spruce (S-1, S-2, S-3, S-4); flat or arched
Back/sides: mahogany (S-0, 1, 2) or maple (S-3, S-4)
Price: S-0 $35; S-0-A $40; S-1 $45; S-1-A $50;
S-2 $55; S-2-A $60; S-3 $75; S-3-A $85;
S-4 $110; S-4-A $125



2. Archtop guitars (acoustic)

Model: Blackstone
Designation: 1934: "Blackstone" on label
First made:  1932
Last made:  1949
Designation: 1932: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on label
Body size: 1932: 14 3/4" wide; 19 1/4" long (Grand Concert)
1934: 15 1/2" wide; 19 1/4" long (Auditorium)
1935: 15 1/2" wide; 20 1/4" long (Long Auditorium)
1936: 16 3/8" wide; 20 1/4" long (Grand Auditorium)
4-string: 1936: Blackstone Tenor/Plectrum
Finish: 1932: black

1933: sunburst top (1932–34 some: sunburst semi-opaque top)

1935: sunburst top+back

1940: blond finish optional
1943–44 only: sunburst opaque top / ivory opaque top
Headstock: 1932: rounded peak; black banners on pearloid
1933: rounded peak; white banners on black plastic

1933 (later): rounded peak; engraved gothic script banners on black or marbled plastic
1934: rounded peak; block letter logo, exclamation point
1934 (later): rounded peak; block letter logo, stickpin
1935: rounded peak; script logo, diamond
1939: center dip; script logo, diamond (pearl)
1945: center dip; script logo, diamond (celluloid)
1947: center dip; script logo, notched oval (pearl)
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1932: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons
1935: single Waverly clipped, plastic buttons
1936: single Waverly clipped wide, plastic buttons
1937: single Grover pointed 6:1, plastic buttons
1939: single Grover pointed 12:1, plastic buttons
1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
1941: single Waverly yoda head, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1943: strip Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
1946: single Waverly yoda head thin plate, plastic buttons, hex bushings
Neck: 1932: mahogany, 1 centerstripe
1940: cherry (1944–45 only: gold sparkle heelcap)
1946: maple (1946–48 only: tortoise plastic heelcap)
Fretboard: rosewood, bound (earliest: unbound)

1932: dot, 4 positions (2 dots fret 7)

1935: parallelogram, 4 positions

1936: parallelogram, 5 positions

1937: parallelogram, 6 positions
1942: parallelogram (reversed), 6 positions
Pickguard: 1932: black plastic, short

1939: tortoise plastic, long (1949: E logo)
Tailpiece: trapeze (1943–47 only: with rosewood bar)
Soundholes: 1932: segmented

1935: cello style
Top: spruce, carved; single binding
Back/sides: 1932: maple, pressed laminate, single binding

1934: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding

1935: maple, pressed laminate, single binding
Price: 1932: sb $70
1934: sb $75
1940: sb/bl $79.50/$87.25
1941 Oct: sb/bl $87.50/$96
1946: sb/bl $100/$110
1947: sb/bl $110/$125


Model: Broadway
First made:  1931
Last made:  1954
Designation: 1931: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on label
Body size: 1931: 16 3/8" wide; 20 1/4" long (Auditorium)

1936: 17 3/8" wide; 20 3/4" long (Large)
4-string:
1936: Broadway Tenor/Plectrum
Cutaway: 1949: Broadway Cutaway (1950: Broadway Regent)
Finish: 1931: sunburst (1931–34 some: sunburst semi-opaque top)

1940: blond finish optional
1942–44 only: sunburst opaque top
Headstock: 1931: asymmetrical; pearl banners+lily

1933: asymmetrical; pearl banners (no lily)

1934: asymmetrical; block letter logo, vine 

1935: asymmetrical; script logo, vine

1939: center dip; script logo, vine 

1941: center dip; script logo, simpler vine

1950: center dip; script logo, single flower
Plating: 1931: nickel

1934: gold 
Tuners: 1931: single Waverly clipped, metal buttons, round bushings
1936: single Grover pointed 6:1, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings
1938: single Grover pointed 12:1, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings

1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
Neck: 1931: maple, 3 centerstripes
1933: mahogany, 3 centerstripes
1940: cherry, 3 centerstripes
Fretboard: rosewood, bound

1931: star, 6 positions

1933: block, 6 positions

1934: block, 5 positions

1936: block, 7 positions
Pickguard: 1931: black plastic, short
1934: black plastic, short, single binding

1936: tortoise plastic, long, single binding
(1949: E logo)
Tailpiece 1931: trapeze

1936: large "compensating" 

1937: Frequensator
Soundholes: 1931: segmented

1935: cello style

1949: modern style
Top: spruce, carved; triple binding
Back/sides: 1931: walnut, pressed laminate, triple binding

1932: walnut, carved back, triple binding

1939: maple, carved back, triple binding
Price: 1932: sb $175
1940: sb/bl $175/$200
1941 Oct: sb/bl $195/$220
1946: sb/bl $225/$250
1948: sb/bl $225/$250; cutaway sb/bl $290/$315
1949: sb/bl $250/$275; cutaway sb/bl $295/$320
1950: sb/bl $270/$295; cutaway sb/bl $315/$335
1953: sb/bl $290/$315; cutaway sb/bl $335/$355


Model: Byron
First made:  1949
Last made:  1953
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 15 1/2" wide; 19 1/4" long (Auditorium)
Finish: sunburst top
Headstock: 1949: center dip; script logo with tail decal

1953: center dip; metal Epiphone logo plate
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons, hex bushings
Neck: mahogany (some: cherry), 1 centerstripe
Fretboard: rosewood, unbound

dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: tortoise plastic, long, E logo
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: modern style
Top: spruce, carved; single binding
Back/sides: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding
Price: 1949: sb $70
1950: sb $80


Model: DeLuxe
First made:  1931
Last made:  1955
Designation: 1931: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on label
Body size: 1931: 16 3/8" wide; 20 1/4" long (Grand Auditorium)

1935: 17 3/8" wide; 20 3/4" long (Large)

1949: 18 1/2" wide; 21 3/4" long (Emperor)

1951: 17 3/8" wide; 20 3/4" long (Large)
Cutaway: 1940 only: Soloist DeLuxe (1 example documented)
  1949: DeLuxe Regent (some early: DeLuxe Cutaway)
1955: DeLuxe Cutaway
Finish: 1931: sunburst (1931–34 some: sunburst semi-opaque top)

1938: blond finish optional
Headstock: 1931: asymmetrical, volute; pearl banners+lily, blossom branch

1934: asymmetrical, volute; block letter logo, blossom branch (10 veined leaves)

1935: asymmetrical, no volute; back veneer; script logo, blossom branch (10 veined leaves)

1939: center dip; no back veneer; script logo, blossom branch (10 veined leaves)

1940: center dip; script logo, blossom branch (8 veined leaves)

1945: center dip; script logo, blossom branch (8 plain leaves)
1955 some: center dip; script logo, single flower
Plating: gold 
Tuners: 1931: single Waverly clipped, metal buttons, round bushings
1934: single Grover clipped, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings
1936: single Grover pointed 6:1, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings
1938: single Grover pointed 12:1, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings

1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
Neck: maple, 3 centerstripes
Fretboard: rosewood, bound

1931: triangle/diamond, 7 positions

1934: flower, 7 positions

1935: fan, 7 position
1935 (later): cloud (segmented), 7 positions
1945: cloud (plain), 7 positions
Pickguard: 1931: black plastic, short, single binding

1934: white plastic, short, black binding

1935: tortoise plastic, long with hump, triple binding (1949: E logo)
Tailpiece 1931: trapeze

1935: large "compensating" (early: arrow shape)

1937: Frequensator
Soundholes: 1931: segmented

1935: cello style, unbound / 17 3/8" model: bound

1949: modern style, bound (18 1/2" model: unbound)
Top: spruce, carved;
1931: quadruple binding, block purfling
1935: quintuple binding
Back/sides: maple, carved back;
1931: triple binding;
1935: quintuple binding
Price: 1932: sb $275
1939: sb/bl $275
1941 Oct: sb/bl $305/$315
1946: sb/bl $350/$360
1948: sb/bl $350/$360; cutaway/conc sb/bl $400/$410
1949: sb/bl $350/$375; cutaway sb/bl $400/$425
1950: sb/bl $370/$395; cutaway sb/bl $420/$445
1953: sb/bl $410/$425; cutaway sb/bl $465/$480
1954: sb/bl $430/$450; cutaway sb/bl $485/$505


Model: Devon
First made:  1949
Last made:  1956
Designation model + SN on label
Body size: 17 3/8" wide; 20 3/4" long (Large)
Finish: 1949: sunburst top 

1951: blond finish optional
Headstock: 1949: center dip; script logo, notched oval

1955: center dip; Epiphone logo plate
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1949: single Waverly yoda head thin plate, metal buttons, hex bushings
1953: single Waverly bell-end, metal buttons, hex bushings
Neck: mahogany (some: cherry), 1 centerstripe
Fretboard: rosewood, bound

oval, 6 positions
Pickguard: tortoise plastic, long, E logo
Tailpiece: Frequensator
Soundholes: modern style (earliest examples: cello style)
Top: spruce, carved; triple binding
Back/sides: 1949: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding

1951: maple, pressed laminate, single binding
Price:
1949: sb $130
1950: sb $140
1953: sb/bl $155/$170
1954: sb/bl $170/$185


Model: Emperor
First made:  1935
Last made:  1955
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 18 1/2" wide; 21 3/4" long (Emperor)
Cutaway: 1940 only: Soloist Emperor (3 examples documented)

1949: Emperor Regent (1954: Emperor Cutaway)
Finish: 1935: sunburst

1938: blond finish optional
Headstock: 1935: asymmetrical, clipped; back veneer; script logo, blossom branch (10 veined leaves), large triangle

1939: center dip, clipped; back veneer; script logo, blossom branch (10 veined leaves), large triangle

1939 (later): center dip, clipped; back veneer; script logo, blossom branch (8 veined leaves), small triangle

1941: center dip, clipped; no back veneer; script logo, blossom branch (8 veined leaves), no triangle

1945: center dip, clipped; script logo, blossom branch
(8 plain leaves)
Plating: gold 
Tuners: 1936: single Grover pointed 6:1, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings
1938: single Grover pointed 12:1, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings

1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
Neck: maple, 5 centerstripes
Fretboard: ebony (early examples) or rosewood, single binding

1935: split v-block, 7 positions

1946: pearl+abalone v-block, 7 positions 
Pickguard: tortoise plastic, long with hump, triple binding (1949: E logo)
Tailpiece 1935: large "compensating" (early: arrow shape)

1937: Frequensator
Soundholes: 1935: cello style, triple binding

1949 Emperor Concert: trapezoid, triple binding

1949: modern style, triple binding
Top: spruce, carved; multiple binding
Back/sides: maple, carved back, multiple binding
Price: 1935: sb $400 (case incl)
1939: sb/bl $400 (case incl)
1941 Oct: sb/bl $440/$450 (case incl)
1942: sb/bl $350/$360 (case extra)
1946: sb/bl $400/$410
1948: sb/bl $400/$410; cutaway/conc sb/bl $450/$460
1949: sb/bl $400/$425; cutaway sb/bl $$450/475
1950: sb/bl $420/$445; cutaway sb/bl $470/$495
1953: sb/bl $470/$495; cutaway sb/bl $520/$545
1954: sb/bl $490/$515; cutaway sb/bl $540/$565


Model: Olympic
First made:  1932
Last made:  1944
Designation: 1932: no model designation, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on label
Body size:  1932: 13 5/8" wide; 19" long (Concert)

1935: 14 3/4" wide; 19 1/4" long (Grand Concert)

1936: 15 1/2" wide; 19 1/4" long (Auditorium)
4-string: 1935: Olympic Tenor/Plectrum
Finish: 1932: sunburst top (1933–34 some: sunburst semi– opaque top)
1943: sunburst opaque top
Headstock: 1932: curved; wood; some: logo stamp on back or front

1933: curved; marbled celluloid (1934: stained wood), Masterbilt banner decal 

1935: curved; wood, script logo with tail decal

1939: center dip; script logo (pearl)
1943: center dip; script logo (celluloid)
Plating: nickel
Tuners: 1932: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons
1940: strip Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons
1943: strip Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
Neck: 1932: mahogany
1940: cherry
Fretboard: rosewood, no binding

1932: dot, 4 positions (until 1933: unradiused)

1936: dot, 5 positions
Pickguard: 1932: black plastic, short

1940: tortoise plastic, long
Tailpiece: trapeze (1943-44: rosewood bar)
Soundholes: 1932: segmented

1935: cello style
Top: spruce, carved
1932: no binding
1933: black binding
1935: white binding
Back/sides:  mahogany, pressed laminate (binding like top)
Price:
1932: $30
1933: $35
1940: $39.50
1941 Oct: $43.50


Model: Ritz
First made:  1940
Last made:  1944
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 15 1/2" wide; 19 1/4" long (Auditorium)
Finish: 1940: blond
1943: ivory opaque top
Headstock: 1940: center dip; script logo (pearl)
1943: center dip; script logo (celluloid)
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1940: strip Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons
1943: strip Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
Neck: cherry
Fretboard: rosewood, unbound

dot, 5 positions
Pickguard: tortoise plastic, long
Tailpiece: trapeze (1943–44: with rosewood bar)
Soundholes: cello style
Top: spruce; tortoise plastic binding
Back/sides: maple, pressed laminate, tortoise plastic binding
Price: 1940: $47.50
1941 Oct: $52.50


Model: Royal
First made:  1931
Last made:  1934
Designation: 1931: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
Body size: 15 1/2" wide; 19 1/4" long (Auditorium)
Finish: sunburst (1933–34 some: sunburst semi-opaque top)
Headstock:
1931: rounded peak; white banners

1933: rounded peak; engraved gothic script banners 
1934: rounded peak; block letter logo, fleur-de-lis
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons
Neck: mahogany, 3 centerstripes
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

dot, 5 positions (2 dots fret 7+12)
Pickguard: black plastic, short
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: segmented
Top: spruce, carved; single binding
Back/sides: 1931: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding

1933: walnut, pressed laminate, single binding
Price: 1932: $85
1933: $95


Model: Spartan
First made:  1934 (1935 only, f-hole version named: Spartan Special)
Last made:  1949
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 16 3/8" wide; 20 1/4" long (Grand Auditorium)
4-string: 1936: Spartan Tenor/Plectrum
Finish: 1934: sunburst (only 1934 some: sunburst semi-opaque top)

1940: blond finish optional
1943–45 only: sunburst opaque top
Headstock: 1934: rounded peak; block letter logo, exclamation point
1934
(later): rounded peak; block letter logo, column

1935: rounded peak; script logo, column

1939: center dip; script logo, column (pearl)
1945: center dip; script logo column (celluloid)

1948: center dip; script logo, coat of arms (pearl)
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1934: single Grover clipped, oval metal buttons, round bushings
1935: single Waverly clipped, metal buttons, round bushings
1937: single Waverly clipped wide, plastic buttons, round bushings

1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
1945: strip Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
1946: single Waverly yoda head thin plate, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1947: single Waverly yoda head thin plate, metal buttons, hex bushings
Neck: 1934: mahogany, 1 centerstripe
1940: cherry (1946 some: maple; 1946–47 only: tortoise plastic heelcap)
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

1934: dot, 5 positions (2 dots fret 7+12)

1935: slotted block, 5 positions

1936: slotted block, 6 positions
Pickguard: 1934: black plastic, short

1939: tortoise plastic, long
Tailpiece: trapeze (1943–44: with rosewood bar)
Soundholes: 1934: round

1935: cello style 
Top: spruce, carved; single binding (1945–49 some: triple binding)
Back/sides: 1934: maple, pressed laminate, single binding

1935: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding
1935 (later): walnut, pressed laminate, single binding

1937: walnut, carved back, single binding

1940, blond finish version: primavera, carved back, single binding

1947 only: maple, carved back, single binding
Price: 1934: sb $100
1940: sb/bl $100/$110
1941 Oct: sb/bl $110/$120
1946: sb/bl $125/$135
1947: sb/bl $135/$150
 
Model: Triumph
First made:  1931
Last made:  1955
Designation: 1931: model on headstock; SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on label
Body size: 1931: 15 1/2" wide; 19 1/4" long (Auditorium)

1933: 16 3/8" wide; 20 1/4" long (Grand Auditorium)

1936: 17 3/8" wide; 20 3/4" long (Large)
4-string: 1935: Triumph Tenor/Plectrum
Cutaway: 1949: Triumph Regent (some early: Triumph Cutaway)
Finish: 1931: sunburst (1933–34 some: sunburst semi-opaque top)

1940: blond finish optional
1944–45 only: ivory opaque top / sunburst opaque top
Headstock: 1931: asymmetrical; pearl banners

1933: rounded peak; engraved gothic script banners  

1934: rounded peak; block letter logo, fleur-de-lis

1935: rounded peak; script logo, fleur-de-lis

1939: center dip; script logo, short fleur-de-lis (pearl)
1945: center dip; script logo, short fleur-de-lis  (celluloid)

1947: center dip; script logo, shield (pearl)
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1931: single Waverly clipped, metal buttons, round bushings
1936: single Waverly clipped wide, metal buttons, round bushings
1937: single Grover pointed 6:1, oval metal buttons, hex bushings
1938: single Grover pointed 12:1, oval metal buttons, hex bushings
1939: single Kluson screwed gear, metal buttons, round/hex bushings
1939 (later): single Waverly yoda head, metal buttons, hex bushings

1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
Neck: 1931: maple, 3 centerstripes
1933: mahogany, 3 centerstripes
1940: cherry, 3 centerstripes
1946: maple, 3 centerstripes
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

1931: zigzag paired diamonds, 6 positions

1933: dot, 5 positions (2 dots fret 7+12)

1934: engraved diamond, 5 positions

1936: diamond, 6 positions
Pickguard: 1931: black plastic, short

1936: tortoise plastic, long, single binding (1949: E logo)
Tailpiece: 1931: trapeze

1936: large "compensating" 

1937: Frequensator
Soundholes: 1931: segmented

1935: cello style

1949: modern style
Top: spruce, carved; triple binding (1933–35: single binding)
Back/sides: 1931: walnut, carved back, single binding

1933: walnut, pressed laminate, single binding

1934: maple, carved back, single binding
Price: 1932: sb $125
1940: sb/bl $125/$135
1941 Oct: sb/bl $140/$150
1946: sb/bl $160/$170
1948: sb/bl $165/$180
1949: sb/bl $165/$180; cutaway sb/bl $190/$210
1950: sb/bl $175/$190; cutaway sb/bl $205/$225
1953: sb/bl $195/$210; cutaway sb/bl $220/$235
1954: sb/bl $210/$230; cutaway sb/bl $240/$260


Model: Tudor
First made:  1934
Last made:  1935
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 16 3/8" wide; 20 1/4" long (Grand Auditorium)
Finish: sunburst (some: sunburst semi-opaque top)
Headstock: 1934: asymmetrical; block letter logo, vine

1935: asymmetrical; script logo, vine
Plating: gold 
Tuners: single Grover clipped, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings
Neck: maple, 3 centerstripes
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

1934: triangle/diamond, 6 positions

1935: triangle/diamond, 5 positions
Pickguard: black plastic, short, single binding
Tailpiece trapeze
Soundholes: 1934: segmented

1935: cello style
Top: spruce, carved; triple binding
Back/sides: maple, carved back, triple binding
Price: 1934: $225


Model: Zenith
First made:  1931
Last made:  1954
Designation: 1931: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on label
Body size: 1931: 13 5/8" wide; 19" long (Concert)

1934: 14 3/4" wide; 19 1/4" long (Grand Concert)

1935: 15 1/2" wide; 19 1/4" long (Auditorium)

1936: 16 3/8" wide; 20 1/4" long (Grand Auditorium)
4-string: 1936: Zenith Tenor/Plectrum
Finish: 1931: sunburst top (1933–35 some: sunburst semi-opaque top)
1943–45 only: sunburst opaque top

1949: blond finish optional
Headstock: 1931: rounded peak; white banners

1933: rounded peak; engraved gothic script banners  

1934: rounded peak; block letter logo, exclamation point
1934 (later): rounded peak; block letter logo, stickpin

1935: rounded peak; script logo, stickpin

1939: center dip; script logo, stickpin (pearl)
1945: center dip; script logo, stickpin (celluloid)

1948: center dip; script logo, cartouche (pearl)
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1931: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons

1934: single Waverly clipped/Grover clipped, plastic buttons
1937: single Waverly clipped wide, plastic buttons
1937: single Grover pointed 6:1, plastic buttons
1939: single Grover pointed 12:1, plastic buttons
1940: single Waverly yoda head, plastic buttons
1943: single Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
1943: strip Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
1948: single Waverly yoda head thin plate, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1952: single Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons, hex bushings
Neck: 1932: mahogany, 1 centerstripe
1940: cherry (1944–45: gold sparkle heelcap)
Fretboard: rosewood, no binding

1931: dot, 4 positions (2 dots fret 7)

1937: dot, 5 positions (2 dots fret 7)

1948: dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: 1931: black plastic, short

1939: tortoise plastic, long (1949: E logo)
Tailpiece: trapeze (1943–46: with rosewood bar)
Soundholes: 1931: segmented

1935: cello style

1949: modern style
Top: spruce, carved; single binding (early Melody: brace-arched)
Back/sides: 1931 maple, pressed laminate, single binding

1933: walnut, pressed laminate, single binding

1949: maple, pressed laminate, single binding
Price:
1932: sb $50
1940: sb $59.50
1941 Oct: sb $66
1946: sb $75
1947: sb $85
1949: sb/bl $85/$110
1950: sb $95
1953: sb/bl $110/$125
1954: sb/bl $125/$140



3. Tenor + plectrum guitars (early acoustic)

Model: Beverly
First made: 1931, Tenor / Plectrum
Last made: 1935
Designation: 1931: no model designation, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on label
Body size: 13 5/8" wide; 19" long (Concert)
Finish: 1931: natural
1932: sunburst top
Headstock: 1931: curved; black plastic veneer; logo stamp on back
1932: curved; wood veneer; some: logo stamp on back
1933: curved; marbelled celluloid; no stamp
1935: curved; wood; Masterbilt banner decal
Plating: nickel
Tuners: strip Waverly arrow-end, plastic buttons
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, unradiused, no binding
dot, 4 positions
Pickguard: black plastic, short
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: 1931: segmented

1935: cello style
Top: spruce, flat
1931: no binding
1933: black binding
1935: white binding
Back/sides: mahogany, pressed laminate (binding like top)
Price: 1932: $30
1933: $35


Model: Bretton
First made: 1932, Tenor / Plectrum (in catalog, no example documented)
Last made: c. 1934
Designation: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
Body size: 15 1/2" wide; 19 1/4" long (Auditorium)
Finish: sunburst
Headstock: 1932: asymmetrical; pearl banners+lily
Plating: nickel
Tuners: single
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, unradiused, bound
1932: star, 6 positions
Pickguard: black plastic, short
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: 1932: segmented
Top: 1932: spruce, carved, triple binding
Back/sides: 1932: walnut, pressed laminate, triple binding
Price: 1932: $175


Model: Empire
First made: 1931, Tenor / Plectrum
Last made: c. 1934
Designation: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
Body size: 1931: 13 5/8" wide; 19" long (Concert)
1932: 15 1/2" wide; 19 1/4" long (Auditorium)
Finish: sunburst (some: sunburst semi-opaque top)
Headstock: 1931: asymmetrical, volute; pearl banners+lily, blossom branch
Plating: gold
Tuners: single Waverly or Grover clipped, metal buttons
Neck: maple
Fretboard: rosewood, unradiused, bound
triangle/diamond, 7 positions
Pickguard: black plastic, short, single binding
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: segmented
Top: spruce, carved, block purfling, quadruple binding
Back/sides: maple, carved back, triple binding
Price: 1932: $250


Model: Hollywood
First made: 1931, Tenor / Plectrum
Last made: c. 1934
Designation: 1931: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on label
Body size: 1931: 13 5/8" wide; 19" long (Concert)
1932: 15 1/2" wide; 19 1/4" long (Auditorium)
Finish: sunburst top
Headstock: asymmetrical; white banners, later pearl banners
Plating: nickel
Tuners: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, unradiused, bound
zigzag paired diamonds, 6 (Plectrum: 7) positions
Pickguard: black plastic, short
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: segmented
Top: spruce, carved, triple binding
Back/sides: walnut, carved or pressed, single binding
Price: 1932: $125


Model: Melody
First made: 1931, Tenor / Plectrum
Last made: 1935
Designation: 1931: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on label
Body size: 13 5/8" wide; 19" long (Concert)
Finish: sunburst top (1933–35 some: sunburst semi-opaque top)
Headstock: 1931: rounded peak; white banners
1933: rounded peak; engraved gothic script banners
1934:
rounded peak; block letter logo, exclamation point (some: stickpin)
1935:
rounded peak; script logo, stickpin
Plating: nickel
Tuners: strip Waverly arrow, plastic buttons
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, unradiused, no binding
dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12); Plectrum: 7 positions
Pickguard: black plastic, short
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: 1931: segmented

1935: cello style
Top: 1931: spruce, flat, single binding
1932: spruce, brace-arched, single binding
1933: spruce, carved, single binding
Back/sides: 1931: maple, pressed laminate, single binding
1933: walnut, pressed laminate, single binding
Price: 1932: $50


Model: Regent
First made: 1932, Tenor / Plectrum
Last made: c. 1934
Designation: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
Body size: 15 1/2" wide; 19 1/4" long (Auditorium)
Finish: sunburst (some: sunburst semi-opaque top)
Headstock: 1932: rounded peak; white banners
1933: rounded peak; engraved gothic script banners
1934: rounded peak;
block letter logo, stickpin
Plating: nickel
Tuners: 1932: strip Waverly arrow, plastic buttons
1933: single Waverly clipped, metal buttons
1934: single Grover clipped, plastic buttons
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, unradiused, bound
dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: black plastic, short
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: segmented
Top: spruce, carved, single binding
Back/sides: 1932: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding
1933: walnut, pressed laminate, single binding
1934: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding
Price: 1932: $85



4. Mandolins (acoustic)

Model: Adelphi
First made:  1931
Last made:  1944
Designation: 1931: no model designation
1932: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on label
Body style: teardrop
Finish: 1931: sunburst top (only 1934 some: sunburst semi-opaque top)
1943: sunburst opaque top
Headstock: 1931: curved; plain
1932: curved; white banners

1933: rounded peak; engraved gothic script banners  

1934: rounded peak; Masterbilt banner decal 

1935: rounded peak; script logo with tail decal

1939: center dip; script logo
1943: center dip; no logo
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1931: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons
1940: strip Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons
1944: strip Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
Neck: 1932: mahogany (some: 1 centerstripe)
1940: cherry
Fretboard: rosewood, no binding

dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12; 1941: 1 dot fret 12)
Pickguard: 1931: black plastic, short

1936: black plastic, long

1939: tortoise plastic, long
Tailpiece: clamshell
Soundholes: 1931: segmented

1935: cello style
Top: spruce, carved, single binding (earliest: brace-arched)
Back/sides: maple, pressed laminate, single binding
Price: 1932: $35
1940: $39.50
1941 Oct: $43.50
   
Model: Artist
First made:  1936
Last made:  c. 1942
Designation: model + SN on label
Body stye: scroll
Finish: sunburst
Headstock: 1936: asymmetrical; script logo; vine

1939: center dip; script logo; vine
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1936: strip Waverly bell-end, metal buttons, hex bushings
Neck: 1936: maple, 3 centerstripes
1940: cherry, 3 centerstripes
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

parallelogram, 6 positions
Pickguard: tortoise plastic, long
Tailpiece: clamshell
Soundholes: cello style
Top: spruce, carved, single binding
Back/sides: maple, carved back, single binding
Price:
1936: $150
1941 Oct: $165
   
Model: Rivoli
First made:  1932
Last made:  1950
Designation: 1932: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on label
Body style: teardrop
Finish: 1932: sunburst (only 1933 some: sunburst semi-opaque top)
1943–44 only: sunburst opaque top
Headstock: 1932: curved; white banners

1933: rounded peak; engraved gothic script banners 

1936: rounded peak; script logo, stickpin

1939: center dip; script logo, stickpin

1950: center dip; script logo, cartouche

1951: center dip; Epiphone logo plate
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1936: strip Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons
1944: strip Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
1950: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons
Neck: 1932: mahogany, 1 centerstripe
1940: cherry
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: 1932: black plastic, short

1936: black plastic, long
1939: tortoise plastic, long

1950: tortoise plastic, long, E logo
Tailpiece: clamshell
Soundholes: 1932: segmented

1936: cello style

1950: oval hole
Top: spruce, carved, single binding
Back/sides: 1932: walnut, pressed laminate, single binding
1939: walnut, carved back, single binding
Price: 1932: $50
1940: $55
1941 Oct: $61
1947: $75
1950: $85
1953: $95
   
Model: Strand
First made:  1932
Last made:  1956
Designation: 1932: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on label
Body style: 2-point
Finish: 1932: sunburst (1933–35 some: sunburst semi-opaque top)
1943–44 only: sunburst opaque top
Headstock: 1932: asymmetrical; pearl banners

1933: rounded peak; engraved gothic script banners 

1934: rounded peak; block letter logo, exclamation point

1935: asymmetrical; script logo, diamond 

1939: center dip; script logo, diamond

1950: center dip; script logo, notched oval
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1932: strip Waverly bell-end, plastic tuners
1942: strip Kluson screwed gear, metal buttons
1950: strip Waverly square, metal tuners
Neck: 1932: mahogany, 1 centerstripe
1940: cherry
Fretboard: rosewood, bound

1932: zigzag paired diamonds, 6 positions

1933: diamond+dots, 6 positions

1934: zigzag paired diamonds, 6 positions

1936: parallelogram, 6 positions
Pickguard: 1932: black plastic, short

1939: tortoise plastic, long

1950: tortoise plastic, long, E logo
Tailpiece: clamshell
Soundholes: 1932: segmented

1935: cello style

1950: oval hole, single binding
Top: spruce, carved, single binding
Back/sides: walnut, carved back, single binding (1933 only: pressed laminate)
Price: 1932: $75
1941 Oct: $82.50
1948: $110
1950: $125
1953: $140
   
Model: Windsor
First made:  1932
Last made: c. 1940
Designation: 1932: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on label
Body style: 1932: 2-point 

1934: Windsor Special: scroll

1936: scroll
Finish: sunburst
Headstock: 1932: asymmetrical; pearl banners 

1936: asymmetrical; script logo, blossom branch (10 veined leaves)

1939: center dip; script logo, blossom branch (8 veined leaves)
Plating: gold
Tuners: 1938: strip Waverly bell-end, metal buttons
Neck: maple, 3 centerstripes
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

1932: slanted star, 7 positions

1934: diamond+dots, 6 positions

1936: slotted block, 6 positions
Pickguard: 1932: black plastic, short

1936: tortoise plastic, long, single binding
Tailpiece: clamshell
Soundholes: 1932: segmented

1936: cello style
Top: spruce, carved, multiple binding
Back/sides: maple, carved back, multiple binding
Price: 1932: $150
1934: $150; Special $200
1936: $200
1941 Oct: $220

 

5. Flat top guitars (acoustic)

Model: FT 27
First made:  1935 (earliest on label: FT 1)
Last made:  1940
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 14 1/2"
Finish: sunburst top, (1939: natural top optional)
Headstock: 1935: square; script logo with tail decal (earliest: banner decal)

1939: center dip; script logo (no tail)
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1935: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons
1940: strip Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, unbound

1935: dot, 5 positions (earliest: dot, 4 positions)
Pickguard: tortoise plastic
Bridge: 1935: pin bridge
  1939: through bridge, trapeze tailpiece
Soundhole: round, single binding
Top: spruce, single binding
Back/sides: mahogany, no binding
Price: 1936: $27.50
   
Model: FT 30
First made:  1940
Last made:  1944
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 14 1/2"
Finish: dark top
Headstock: center dip; script logo, metal truss cover (except earliest)
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: strip, plastic buttons
Neck: cherry
Fretboard: rosewood, no binding

dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: tortoise plastic
Bridge: pin bridge
Soundhole: round
Top: mahogany, no binding
Back/sides: mahogany, no binding
Price: 1940: $30
1940 Oct: $35
1941 Oct: $38.50
   
Model: FT 37
First made:  1935
Last made:  1941
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 15 1/2"
Finish: sunburst top (1939: natural optional)
Headstock: 1935: square; script logo with tail decal

1939: center dip; script logo
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: strip, plastic buttons
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, no binding

dot, 5 positions
Pickguard: tortoise plastic
Bridge: 1935: pin bridge

1939: through bridge, trapeze tailpiece
Soundhole: round, single binding
Top: spruce, single binding
Back/sides: walnut, single binding
Price: 1936: $37.50
1940 Feb: $41.50


Model: FT 45
First made:  1941
Last made:  1944
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 14 1/2"
Finish: natural
Headstock: center dip; script logo (pearl, 1943–44: celluloid);
metal truss cover (except earliest)
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: single, plastic buttons
Neck: cherry
Fretboard: rosewood, no binding

dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: tortoise plastic
Bridge: pin bridge
Soundhole: round
Top: spruce, white binding
Back/sides: walnut, white binding
Price: 1941 Oct: $49.50
   
Model: FT 50
First made:  1940
Last made:  1944
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 14 1/2"
Finish: natural
Headstock: center dip; script logo (pearl, 1943–44: celluloid);
metal truss cover (except earliest)
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: single, plastic buttons
Neck: cherry
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: tortoise plastic
Bridge: pin bridge
Soundhole: round
Top: spruce; tortoise plastic binding
Back/sides: mahogany, tortoise plastic binding
Price: 1940: $50
1940 Oct: $57.50
1941 Oct: $64.50
   
Model: FT 75
First made:  1935
Last made:  1942
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 16 1/2" (Jumbo)
Finish: sunburst (1940: natural optional)
Headstock: 1936: square; script logo, stickpin
1937: square; script logo, diamond
  1939: center dip; script logo, diamond
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1937: single Waverly clipped wide, metal buttons, round bushings
1939: single Grover pointed 6:1, oval metal buttons, hex bushings

1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings

1941: single Waverly yoda head, plastic buttons
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

1936: parallelogram, 4 postions
1937: parallelogram, 6 positions
Pickguard: tortoise plastic
Bridge: 1935: pin bridge

1939: through bridge, trapeze tailpiece
Soundhole: 1935: round, triple binding

1941: round, no binding
Top: spruce, triple binding
Back/sides: maple, single binding
Price: 1936: sb $75
1940: sb/bl $79.50/$87.25
   
Model: FT 79
First made:  1941
Last made:  1955
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 1941: 15 7/8", square shoulder (Jumbo)
  1949: 16", round shoulder (Jumbo)
Finish: natural or sunburst
Headstock: 1941: center dip; script logo, stickpin; metal truss cover
  1949: center dip; script logo, cartouche; metal truss cover (1952: plastic truss cover);

1954: center dip; Epiphone logo plate; plastic truss cover
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1941: single Waverly yoda head, plastic buttons
1942: single Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
1949: single Waverly yoda head thin plate, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1952: single Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons, hex bushings
Neck: 1941: cherry
1949: mahogany, 1 centerstripe
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

1941: slim block, 6 positions

1949: parallelogram, 6 positions

1954: dot, 6 positions

1955: slotted block, 6 positions
Pickguard: tortoise plastic (1949: E logo)
Bridge: pin bridge
Soundhole: round
Top: spruce, double binding
Back/sides: 1941: walnut, single binding

1949: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding

1951: maple, pressed back, single binding
Price: 1941 Oct: $87.50
1947: $95
1950: $105
1953: $125
   
Model: FT 110
First made:  1942
Last made:  1956
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 1942: 15 7/8", square shoulder (Jumbo)
  1949: 16", round shoulder (Jumbo)
Finish: natural (1949: sunburst optional)
Headstock: 1942: center dip; script logo, diamond; metal truss cover
  1949: center dip; script logo, notched oval; metal truss cover (1952: plastic truss cover)
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1949: single Waverly yoda head thin plate, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1952: single Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons, hex bushings
Neck: 1941: cherry
1949: cherry, 3 centerstripes
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

1942: parallelogram (reversed), 6 positions

1949: slotted block, 6 positions
Pickguard: tortoise plastic (1949: E logo)
Bridge: pin bridge
Soundhole: round
Top: spruce, multiple binding
Back/sides: maple, single binding (1949: pressed laminate)
Price: 1942: sb $110
1947: sb $125
1948: sb/bl $125
1950: sb/bl $137.50/$150
1953: sb/bl $165/$180
   
Model: FT 210 DeLuxe Cutaway
First made:  1954
Last made:  1956
Designation: model + SN on label (1954: F.T. DeLuxe Cutaway; 1956: F.T. 210 DeLuxe Cutaway)
Body size: 17 3/8" (Large)
Finish: natural or sunburst
Headstock: center dip; script logo, single flower (some: vine), white plastic truss cover
Plating: gold
Tuners: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
Neck: mahogany, 1 centerstripe
Fretboard: rosewood, bound

cloud, 7 positions
Pickguard: tortoise plastic, E logo
Bridge: pin bridge (some: floating bridge, trapeze tailpiece)
Soundhole: round
Top: spruce, multiple binding
Back/sides: maple, pressed laminate, multiple binding
Price: 1954: sb/bl $295/$320
   
Model: FT DeLuxe
First made:  1939
Last made:  1941
Designation: model + SN on label
Body size: 16 1/2" (Jumbo)
Finish: natural or sunburst
Headstock: center dip; script logo, blossom branch (8 veined leaves)
Plating: gold
Tuners: single, metal buttons (some: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons)
Neck: maple
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

cloud, 7 positions
Pickguard: tortoise plastic, engraved
Bridge: through bridge, trapeze tailpiece
Soundhole: round, triple binding
Top: spruce, multiple binding
Back/sides: maple, multiple binding
Price: 1939: $200
   
Model: Madrid
First made:  1932, Hawaiian setup
1934: not in catalog
1935: Hawaiian setup
Last made:  c. 1941
Designation: 1932: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1935: model + SN on label
Body size: 1935: 16 1/2" (Jumbo)
Finish: sunburst
Headstock: 1932: Rounded peak; white banners on black
  1935: Rounded peak; script logo, column
  1939: center dip; script logo, (inlay?)
Plating: nickel
Tuners: single, metal buttons
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

1932: dot, 5 positions

1935: slotted block, 6 positions; flush celluloid frets
Pickguard: 1935: tortoise plastic
Bridge: 1932: pin bridge
  1939: through bridge, trapeze tailpiece
Soundholes: 1932: 4 segmented f-holes
  1935: round, single binding
Top: spruce, multiple binding
Back/sides: maple, single binding
Price: 1932: $90
   
Model: Navarre
First made:  1932: Spanish setup
1934: not in catalog
1935: Hawaiian setup
Last made:  c. 1941
Designation: 1932: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1935: model + SN on label
Body size: 1935: 16 1/2" (Jumbo)
Finish: sunburst
Headstock: 1935: Rounded peak; script logo, stickpin
  1939: center dip; script logo, diamond
Plating: nickel
Tuners: single, plastic buttons
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

1935: dot, 6 positions; flush celluloid frets
Pickguard: tortoise plastic
Bridge: 1935: pin bridge
  1939: through bridge, trapeze tailpiece
Soundhole: 1935: round, single binding
Top: spruce, single binding
Back/sides: mahogany, single binding
Price: 1932: $50



6. Electric Spanish hollowbody guitars

Model: Century Spanish
First made:  1939
Last made:  1956
Designation: 1939: no model designation, SN on headstock
1946: model code SN on headstock (60xxx = Century Spanish)
1950: model + SN on label (some: Century)
Body size: 1939: 14 1/2" (Grand Concert)

1941: 15 1/2" (Auditorium)

1946: 16 3/8" (Grand Auditorium)
4-string: 1939: Century Tenor/Plectrum
Finish: 1939: sunburst top

1953: blond finish optional
Headstock: center dip; Epiphone logo plate, Miessner patents plate on back (1946: no Miessner plate)
Plating: nickel
Tuners: 1939: single Grover pointed 12:1, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1941: single Waverly yoda head, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1953: single Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons, hex bushings
Neck: 1939: mahogany
1949: mahogany, 1 centerstripe
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: tortoise plastic (1949: E logo)
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: 1939: cello style, high

1940: cello style, low

1950: modern style
Pickup: 1939: bar, with handrest, bridge position; back panel, jack in top

1940: bar (no handrest), bridge position; back panel, jack in side

1946: bar, neck position

1948: Tone Spectrum nonadj, neck position

1949: NY Tone Spectrum nonadjustable, neck position

1954 some: DeArmond nonadj, neck position
Controls: 1939: 2 black octagonal knobs

1946: tone+gain dials, 2 white serrated knobs

1949: 2 white octagonal knobs

1954 some: 2 clear barrel knobs
Top: 1939: maple, pressed laminate, single binding

1947: mahogany; pressed laminate, single binding

1950: maple, pressed laminate, single binding
Back/sides: 1939: mahogany, laminate, single binding, back door (1946: no door)
1948: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding

1950: maple, pressed laminate, single binding
Price: 1939: sb $72.50 (with case)
1940: sb $76 (with case)
1941 Oct: sb $76 (case extra)
1946: sb $90
1947: sb $110
1950: sb $115
1953: sb/bl $120/$135
1954: sb/bl $130/$145

 
Model: Coronet Spanish
First made:  1939
Last made:  1942
Designation: no model designation, SN on headstock
Body size: 1939: 13 5/8" (Concert)

1940: 14 1/2" (Grand Concert)
Finish: sunburst top
Headstock: center dip; Epiphone logo plate; Miessner patents plate on back
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1939: strip Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons
1942: strip Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

dot, 5 positions
Pickguard: tortoise plastic
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: 1939: cello style, high

1940: cello style, low
Pickup: bar, bridge position; back panel, jack in top (1941: jack in side)
Controls: 2 black octagonal knobs
Top: maple, flat laminate, single binding
Back/sides: mahogany, flat laminate, single binding
Price: 1939: $40 (with case)
1940: $45 (with case)
1941 Feb: $47.25 (with case)
1941 Oct: $55 (with case)
1941 Dec: $56 (with case)

 
Model: Electar Spanish / Model M Spanish
First made: 1935 (by 1937 renamed: Model M Spanish)
Last made: 1938
Designation: no model designation, SN on headstock
Body size: 14 1/2" (Grand Concert)
4-string: Electar Tenor
Finish: sunburst top
Headstock: pointed (1938: center dip); Electar logo plate; Miessner patents plate on back
Plating: nickel
Tuners: 1935: single Waverly clipped, metal buttons, round bushings
1936: single Waverly clipped wide, metal buttons, round bushings
1937: single Grover pointed 6:1, oval metal, buttons, hex bushings
1938: single Grover pointed 12:1, oval metal buttons, hex bushings
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding (1935: flush, 1936: elevated)

dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: black plastic, short
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: cello style, high
Pickup: 1935: horseshoe, chromed, bridge position; back door round; jack in top
1936: horseshoe, black, bridge position; back door square, felt covered; jack in top
1937: "TruBalance", adjustable poles, with handrest, bridge position; back door, jack in top
Controls: 1935: 1 or 2 black octagonal knobs
1937: 3 black octagonal knobs
Top: maple, pressed laminate, single binding
Back/sides: maple, flat laminate, single binding, back door
Price: 1935: $85 (with case)


Model: Kent Spanish
First made:  1949 
Last made:  1953
Designation: 1949: no model designation, SN on headstock
1950: model + SN on label (1951: Kent)
Body size: 15 1/2" (Auditorium)
Finish: sunburst top
Headstock: 1949: center dip; Epiphone logo plate

1953: script logo with tail decal
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons, hex bushings
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, no binding

dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: tortoise plastic, long, E logo
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: modern style
Pickup: 1949: metal Tone Spectrum nonadjustable, bridge position
  1952: NY Tone Spectrum nonadjustable, bridge position (some: neck position)
Controls: 2 white octagonal knobs
Top: maple, pressed laminate, single binding
Back/sides: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding
Price: 1949: $87.50
1950: $90

 
Model: Model C Spanish 
First made:  1937
Last made:  1938
Designation: no model designation, SN on headstock
Body size: 13 5/8" (Concert)
Finish: sunburst top
Headstock: pointed; Electar logo plate (some: Epiphone logo plate); Miessner patents plate on back
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: strip Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, no binding

dot, 5 positions
Pickguard: black plastic, short (1938: tortoise plastic)
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: cello style, high
Pickup: bar, bridge position; back door, jack in top
Controls: 3 black octagonal knobs (some early: 2 knobs)
Top: mahogany, flat laminate, single binding
Back/sides: mahogany, flat laminate, single binding
Price: 1937: Outfit with Amp AC $100; AC-DC $110 (with case)

 
Model: Volpe 
First made:  1955
Last made:  1956
Designation: model + SN on label, model on logo plate
Body size: 15 1/2" (Auditorium)
Finish: Sunburst or blond
Headstock: center dip; Epiphone Harry Volpe Model plate
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: strip Waverly bell-end post-war, plastic buttons, hex bushings
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard: rosewood, no binding

dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: tortoise plastic, long, E logo
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: modern style
Pickup: DeArmond nonadjustable, neck position
Controls: 2 clear barrel knobs
Top: primavera, pressed laminate, single binding
Back/sides: primavera, pressed laminate, single binding
Price:
1954: sb/bl $129.50/$139.50


Model: Zephyr DeLuxe
First made:  1941
Last made:  1956
Designation: 1941: no model designation, SN on headstock
1946: model code SN on headstock (75xxx = Zephyr DeLuxe; 85xxx = Zephyr DeLuxe Cutaway)
1950: model + SN on label
Body size: 17 3/8" (Large)
Cutaway: 1948: Zephyr DeLuxe Cutaway
1949 renamed, on label: Zephyr DeLuxe Regent
1954 renamed, on label: Zephyr DeLuxe Cutaway
Finish: 1941: blond
1946: sunburst optional
Headstock: 1941: center dip; script logo, blossom branch (8 plain leaves), Miessner patents plate on back
1946: center dip; script logo, blossom branch (8 veined leaves), no Miessner plate
1954: center dip; script logo single flower
Plating: gold
Tuners: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
Neck: maple, 3 centerstripes
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

1941: cloud (segmented), 7 positions
1946: cloud (plain), 7 positions

Regent model only: pearl+abalone v-block, 7 positions
(1953: cloud, 7 positions)
Pickguard: tortoise plastic, long with hump, triple binding (1949: E logo)
Tailpiece: Frequensator
Soundholes: 1941: cello style, single binding
1946: cello style, no binding
1949: modern style, no binding
Pickup: 1941: Master, bridge position, back door, jack in side

1946: Master large poles, bridge position, no back door

1947: Master large poles, middle position

1948: Tone Spectrum (Regent: 2 PUs optional), middle/neck (+bridge) position

1949: metal Tone Spectrum, middle/neck (+bridge) position; later in year replaced by NY Tone Spectrum, neck (+bridge) position
1954 some: DeArmond 
Controls: 1941: stacked control knobs

1946: Mastervoicer dials, 2 white serrated knobs

1949: 2 white octagonal knobs
Top: spruce, pressed laminate, multiple binding (1953: maple)
Back/sides: maple, pressed laminate, triple binding, back door (1946: no door)
Price: 1941 Dec: bl $195
1946: sb/bl $225
1948: sb/bl $225; cut sb/bl $285; cut duo sb/bl $310
1949: sb/bl $225/$240; cut duo sb/bl $310/$325
1950: sb/bl $240/$255; duo sb/bl $265/$280
          cut sb/bl $300/$315; cut duo sb/bl $325/$340
1953: cut duo sb/bl $365/380
1954: cut duo sb/bl $400/$425

 
Model: Zephyr Emperor
First made:  1951 
Last made:  1954
Designation: model + SN on label (1951: Zephyr Emperor Vari-Tone; 1952: Zephyr Emperor Regent)
Body size: 18 1/2" (Emperor)
Cutaway: single rounded
Finish: sunburst or blond
Headstock: center dip, clipped; script logo, blossom branch (8 plain leaves)
Plating: gold 
Tuners: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
Neck: maple, 5 centerstripes
Fretboard: rosewood, bound

pearl+abalone block, 7 positions 
Pickguard: tortoise plastic, long with hump, triple binding E logo
Tailpiece: Frequensator
Soundholes: modern style, triple binding
Pickup: 1951: 3 NY Tone Spectrum

1954: 3 DeArmond 
Controls: 6-way push-button selector switch 

1951: 2 white octagonal knobs

1954: 2 clear barrel knobs
Top: 1951: spruce; pressed laminate, multiple binding

1952: maple (some: spruce), pressed laminate, multiple binding
Back/sides: maple, pressed laminate
Price:
1950: sb/bl $440/$460
1953: sb/bl $470/$490
1954: sb/bl $510/$535

 
Model: Zephyr Spanish
First made: 1939
Last made: 1956
Designation: 1939: no model designation, SN on headstock
1946: model code SN on headstock (25xxx = Zephyr Spanish)
1950: model + SN on label (1951: Zephyr)
Body size: 1939: 16 3/8" (Grand Auditorium)

1947: 17 3/8" (Large)
4-string: 1939: Zephyr Tenor/Plectrum
Cutaway: 1950: Zephyr Regent (earliest on label: Zephyr Cutaway, later on label: Zephyr Regent)
1954 renamed, on label: Zephyr Cutaway
Finish: 1939: blond

1946: sunburst optional
Headstock: center dip; Epiphone logo plate; Miessner patents plate on back (1946: no Miessner plate)
Plating: nickel
Tuners: 1939: single Kluson screwed gear, metal buttons, hex bushings

1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
Neck: maple, 1 centerstripe (1946 only: tortoise plastic heelcap)
Fretboard: rosewood, single binding

1939: block, 6 positions

1947: slotted block, 6 positions
Pickguard: tortoise plastic (1949: E logo)
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: 1939: cello style, high

1940: cello style, low

1949: modern style
Pickup: 1939: Master, with handrest, bridge position; back door, jack in top

1940: Master (no handrest), bridge position; back door, jack in side

1946: Master large poles, bridge position (1947: middle position); no back door

1948 Tone Spectrum, neck position
1949: metal Tone Spectrum, neck position; later in year replaced by NY Tone Spectrum, neck position

1949: NY, neck position

1954 some: DeArmond, neck position
Controls: 1939: Mastervoicer dials, 2 white octagonal knobs

1946: Mastervoicer dials, 2 white serrated knobs

1949: 2 white octagonal knobs

1954 some: 2 clear barrel knobs
Top: 1939: maple, pressed laminate, single binding

1946: spruce (some: maple); pressed laminate, single binding

1950: maple, pressed laminate, single binding
Back/sides: maple, pressed laminate, single binding, back door (1946: no door)
Price: 1939: bl $100 (with case)
1941 Feb: bl $106 (with case)
1941 Oct: bl $110 (case extra)
1946: sb/bl $125
1947: sb/bl $150
1949: sb/bl $150/$162
1950: sb/bl $157.50/$170; cutaway sb $185
1953: sb/bl $165/$180; cutaway sb/bl $195/$210
1954: sb/bl $185/$205; cutaway sb/bl $225/$245



7. Electric Hawaiian guitars

Model: Century Hawaiian
First made:  1939
Last made:  1956
Designation: 1939: model on fingerboard, SN on headstock
1946: model on fingerboard; model code SN on headstock or logo plate (15xxx = Century Hawaiian)
1950: no model designation, SN on bridge unit
Strings: 6, 7 or 8
Body style: 1939: teardrop

1949: guitar shape
Finish: 1939: black

1949: sunburst top
Headstock: square; Epiphone logo plate
Plating: nickel
Tuners: 1939: single Grover pointed 12:1, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1940: single Waverly yoda head, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1942: single Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1946: single Waverly yoda head thin plate, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1949: single Waverly yoda head thin plate, metal buttons, hex bushings
Fingerboard: metal; fancy markers
Pickguard: 1939: black plastic (1941 some: white plastic)

1946: none
Bridge: aluminum
Pickup: 1939: bar with handrest

1948: Tone Spectrum nonadj

1949: NY nonadjustable, with metal E logo cover (some early: tortoise plastic cover)
Controls: 1939: 2 white octagonal knobs

1946: 2 white serrated knobs

1949: 2 arrow knobs

1950: 2 white octagonal knobs
Body: maple; Miessner patents plate on back (1946: no Miessner plate)
Price: 1939: 6/7/8-str $62.50/$72.25/$82.25 (with case)
1941 Feb: 6/7/8-str $66/$76/$86 (with case)
1941 Oct: 6/7/8-str $66/$76/$86 (case extra)
1946: 6/7/8-str $75/$85/$100
1947: 6/7/8-str $75/$85/$95
1950: 6/7/8-str $85/$95/$105
1953: 6/7/8-str $95/$105/$115
1954: 6/7/8-str $100/$110/$120

 
Model: Console (Solo, Duo, Triple)
First made:  1939 (Triple: 1949)
Last made:  1954
Designation: 1939: no model designation (Zephyr on fingerboard), SN on headstock
1946: model code SN stamped on back (100xxx = Console)
1950: no model designation, SN on bridge unit
Strings: Solo Console: single neck, 6, 7 or 8 strings;
Duo Console: double neck, 16 strings standard;
Triple Console: triple neck, 24 strings
Body style: console
Finish: 1939: Solo: primavera, natural finish; Duo: metal top, gold finish

1940: Solo: primavera, natural finish; Duo: metal top, chrome satin finish

1947: primavera, natural finish

1953: maple, natural or sunburst finish
Headstock:
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1939: single, metal buttons

1941: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons
Fingerboard: metal; fancy
Pickguard: 1939: none
1941: Solo: white plastic
1947: none
Bridge: aluminum
Pickup: 1939: Master; Duo: long handrest, string dampers

1947: Master, large poles; Duo: long handrest

1948: Tone Spectrum; Duo: short handrests

1949: NY Tone Spectrum, with metal E logo cover
Controls: 1939: Mastervoicer dials, 2 white octagonal knobs

1946: Mastervoicer dials, 2 serrated knobs (Duo: selector switch)

1950: 2 white octagonal knobs, (Duo: selector switch)
Body: maple
1939: flat top, black binding, Epiphone logo plate;
Solo: primavera, natural finish; Duo: metal, gold finish
1941: flat top, tortoise binding, Epiphone logo plate; Solo: primavera, natural finish; Duo: metal, chrome satin finish

1948: primavera, profiled top (Duo), tortoise binding, Epiphone logo plate

1949: terraced top (Duo) or profiled top (Triple), tortoise or white binding, script logo with tail decal
Price: 1939: Solo 6/7/8 $120/$130/$140; Duo $185 (with case)
1941 Oct: Solo 6/7/8 $116/$127/$138; Duo $185 (case extra)
1946: –
1947: Solo 6 $150; Duo $215
1948: Solo 6/7/8 $150/$160/$170; Duo $215
1950: Solo 6/7/8 $160/$170/$180; Duo $225; Tri $275
1953: Duo sb/bl $280/$295; Tri sb/bl $320/$335
1954: Duo sb/bl $290/$305; Tri sb/bl $350/$365

 
Model: Coronet Hawaiian
First made: 1939
Last made: 1941
Designation: no model designation, SN on headstock
Strings: 6
Body style: guitar shape
Finish: black
Headstock: square; Epiphone logo plate
Plating: nickel
Tuners: strip Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons
Fingerboard: rosewood, metal frets

1939: dot markers

1940: fancy markers
Pickguard: white plastic
Bridge: aluminum
Pickup: bar
Controls: 2 black octagonal knobs
Body maple; Miessner patents plate on back
Price: 1939: $35 (with case)
1940: $45 (with case)
1941 Feb: $37.25 (with case)
1941 Oct: $43.50 (with case)
1941 Dec: $45 (with case)


Model: Electar Hawaiian
First made:  1935
Last made:  1936
Designation: no model designation, SN on headstock
Strings: 6, 7
Body style: 1935: teardrop
1936: stepped
Finish: 1935: black
1936: nickel plated aluminum top
Headstock: 1935: square, Electar logo plate (earliest: Electrophone logo)
1936: clipped, Electar logo plate
Plating: nickel
Tuners: 1935: single Waverly clipped, metal buttons, round bushings
1936: single Waverly clipped wide, metal buttons, round bushings
Fingerboard: rosewood; pyralin frets, colored dot markers
Pickguard:
Bridge: aluminum
Pickup: horseshoe, chromed
Controls: 1 or 2 black octaconal knobs
Body: maple
Price: 1935: 6/7-str $85/$95 (with case)


Model: Kent Hawaiian
First made: 1949
Last made: 1953
Designation: no model designation, SN on headstock
Strings: 6
Body style: guitar shape
Finish: dark brown
Headstock: square; Epiphone logo plate (1953: script logo with tail decal)
Plating: nickel
Tuners: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons, hex bushings
Fingerboard: metal; fancy markers
Pickguard: tortoise plastic
Bridge: aluminum
Pickup: bar, with handrest
Controls: 2 barrel knobs
Body: maple
Price: 1949: $50


Model: Model C Hawaiian 
First made:  1936
Last made:  1938
Designation: no model designation, SN on headstock
Strings: 6
Body style: guitar shape
Finish: sunburst top
Headstock: rounded; Electar logo plate
Plating: nickel 
Tuners: 1936: single Waverly clipped wide, plastic buttons, round bushings
1937: single Grover pointed 6:1, plastic buttons, hex bushings
Fingerboard: rosewood; dot markers
Pickguard: tortoise plastic
Bridge: aluminum
Pickup: bar
Controls: 1936: 2 black octagonal knobs
1938: 1 black octagonal knob
Body: maple; Miessner patents plate on back
Price: 1936: outfit with Model C amp AC $100; AC-DC $110 (with case)

 
Model: Model M Hawaiian 
First made:  1936
Last made:  1938
Designation: no model designation, SN on headstock
Strings: 6, 7 or 8
Body style: stepped
Finish: 1936: black deco anodized aluminum top

1938: gold deco top; blue deco top  
Headstock: clipped; Electar logo plate
Plating: nickel (white/gold deco: brass?)
Tuners: 1936: single Waverly clipped wide, metal buttons, round bushings
1937: single Grover pointed 6:1, oval metal buttons, hex bushings
1938: single Grover pointed 12:1, oval metal buttons (some: scalloped), hex bushings
Fingerboard: rosewood (white/gold: maple); color dot markers
Pickguard:
Bridge: aluminum
Pickup: 1936: horseshoe

1937: adjustable poles, handrest
Controls: 1936: 2 black octagonal knobs
1937: 3 black octagonal knobs
1938: 2 white octagonal knobs
Body: maple; Miessner patents plate on back
Price: 1937: 6/7/8-str $75/$85/$95 (with case)

 
Model: Rocco Hawaiian
First made: 1936
Last made: c. 1938
Designation: model on name plate, SN on headstock
Strings: double neck, 7+8 strings
Body style: stepped
Finish: nickel plated aluminum top
Headstock: clipped
Plating: nickel
Tuners: single, metal buttons, round bushings
Fingerboard: rosewood;
1936: fancy markers
1937: color dot
Pickguard:
Bridge: aluminum, with string dampers
Pickup: 1936: 2 horseshoe

1937: 2 TrueBalance, with handrest
Controls: 1936: 3 black octagonal knobs
1937: 4 black octagonal knobs
Top: Electar logo plate, Rocco model plate
Back/sides: Miessner patents plate on back
Price: 1936: $250
1937: 15/16-str $250/$255 (with case)


Model: Varichord
First made:  1939
Last made:  c. 1941
Designation: model on name plate, SN on body
Strings: 7
Body style: console
Finish: primavera veneer, natural finish
Headstock:
Plating: nickel
Tuners: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons
Fingerboard: metal; fancy markers
Pickguard: Varichord model plate, white
Bridge: metal rollers
Pickup: Master
Controls: Mastervoicer dials, 2 white octagonal knobs; pitch-changing levers
Body: maple; Miessner patents plate
Price: 1941 Feb: $295 (with case)
1941 Oct: $290 (case extra)

 
Model: Zephyr Hawaiian
First made: 1939
Last made: 1954
Designation: model on fingerboard, SN on headstock
Strings: 6, 7 or 8
Body style: stepped
Finish: 1939: white pyralin top

1949: sunburst top
Headstock: square; Epiphone logo plate
Plating: nickel
Tuners: 1939: single Grover pointed 12:1, oval metal buttons, hex bushings

1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
1942: single Waverly yoda head or single Kluson riveted, hex bushings, plastic buttons
1946: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
Fingerboard: metal; fancy markers
Pickguard: 1949: black plastic
Bridge: aluminum
Pickup: 1939: Master, with handrest

1946: Master, large poles, with handrest

1948: Tone Spectrum, with handrest

1949: NY Tone Spectrum, with metal E logo cover
Controls: 1939: Mastervoicer dials, 2 white octagonal knobs
1942: Mastervoicer dials, 2 black octagonal knobs
1946: Mastervoicer dials, 2 serrated knobs

1949: 2 white octagonal knobs
Body: maple; Miessner patents plate on back (1946: no Miessner plate)
Price: 1939: 6/7/8-str $90/$100/$110 (with case)
1941 Feb: 6/7/8-str $96/$106/$116 (with case)
1941 Oct: 6/7/8-str $99/$109/$119 (case extra)
1946: 6/7/8-str $112.50/$125/$137.50
1950: : 6/7/8-str $125/$135/$145
1953: : 6/7/8-str $135/$145/$157
1954: : 6/7/8-str $150/$160/$175



8. Electric mandolins + banjos

Model: Century Mandolin
First made: 1939
Last made: c. 1941
Designation: no model designation, SN on headstock
Strings: 8
Body style: teardrop
Finish: sunburst
Headstock: center dip; Epiphone logo plate ; Miessner patents plate on back
Plating: nickel
Tuners: strip, Waverly bell-end, white buttons
Fretboard: rosewood, bound

dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: tortoise plastic
Tailpiece: clamshell
Soundholes: 1939: cello style, high
1940: cello style, low
Pickup: bar, bridge position; back panel, jack in top
Controls: 2 black octagonal knobs
Top: maple, pressed laminate, bound
Back/sides: maple, laminate
Price: 1939: $72.25 (with case)
1941 Feb: $76 (with case)
1941 Oct $76 (case extra)


Model: Electar Banjo / Century Banjo
First made: 1936 (1939 renamed: Century Banjo)
Last made: c. 1941
Designation: no model designation, SN on headstock
Strings: 4
Body style: round
Finish: sunburst
Headstock: 1936: scalloped; Electar logo plate; Miessner patents plate on back
1939: scalloped; Epiphone logo plate
; Miessner patents plate on back
Plating: nickel
Tuners: banjo pegs, white buttons
Fretboard: rosewood, bound; tenor or plectrum scale

1936: block, 6 positions
1938: dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: tortoise plastic
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: none
Pickup: 1936: horseshoe; back panel, jack in top
1938: adjustable, with handrest; pack panel, jack in top
1939: bar, with handrest; back panel, jack in top
1940: bar (no handrest); back panel, jack in side
Controls: 2 black octagonal knobs (1937-38: 3 knobs)
Top: maple, pressed laminate, bound
Back/sides: maple, laminate
Price: 1936: $85
1939: $72.25 (with case)
1941 Feb: $76 (with case)
1941 Oct $76 (case extra)


Model: Model M Mandolin
First made: 1937
Last made: 1938
Designation: no model designation, SN on headstock
Strings: 8
Body style: teardrop
Finish: sunburst
Headstock: pointed; Electar logo plate; Miessner patents plate on back
Plating: nickel
Tuners: strip, white buttons
Fretboard: rosewood, bound

dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)
Pickguard: black plastic
Tailpiece: clamshell
Soundholes: none
Pickup: adjustable poles, bridge position; back panel, jack in top
Controls: 3 black octagonal knobs
Top: maple, pressed laminate, bound
Back/sides: maple, laminate
Price: 1937: $85 (with case)


Model: Zephyr Banjo
First made: 1939
Last made: c. 1941
Designation: no model designation, SN on headstock
Strings: 4
Body style: round
Finish: blond
Headstock: scalloped; Epiphone logo plate; Miessner patents plate on back
Plating: nickel
Tuners: banjo pegs, white buttons
Fretboard: rosewood, bound; tenor or plectrum scale

1939: block, 6 positions
1940: slotted block, 6 positions
Pickguard: tortoise plastic
Tailpiece: trapeze
Soundholes: none
Pickup: 1939: Master, with handrest; back panel, jack in top
1940: Master (no handrest); back panel, jack in side
Controls: Mastervoicer dials, 2 white octagonal knobs
Top: maple, pressed laminate, bound
Back/sides: maple, laminate
Price: 1939: $100 (with case)
1941 Feb: $106 (with case)
1941 Oct: $110 (case extra)


Model: Zephyr Mandolin
First made: 1939
Last made: 1956
Designation: 1939: no model designation, SN on headstock
1949: model + SN on label
Strings: 8
Body style: teardrop
Finish: 1939: blond

1949: sunburst optional
Headstock: center dip; Epiphone logo plate ; Miessner patents plate on back (1949: no Miessner plate)
Plating: nickel
Tuners: strip, metal buttons
Fretboard: rosewood, bound

block, 6 positions
Pickguard: tortoise plastic (1949: E logo)
Tailpiece: clamshell
Soundholes 1939: cello, high
Pickup: 1939: Master, bridge position; back panel, jack in top

1949: NY, bridge or middle position
Controls: 1939: Mastervoicer dials, 2 white octagonal knobs

1949: 2 white octagonal knobs (some: clear knobs)
Top: maple, pressed laminate, bound
Back/sides: maple, laminate
Price: 1939: $100 (with case)
1941 Feb: $106 (with case)
1941 Oct: $110 (case extra)
1946: -
1948: $150
1950: $157.50
1953: sb/bl $160/$175
1954: sb/bl $170/$185



9. Amplifiers

Model: Asta Amplifier
First made: 1950 (in pricelist without picture)
Last made: 1951
Designation: no model designation, SN on chassis
Cabinet: tweed covered
Grille: E-logo
Inputs: 2
Speaker:
10" Rola
Tubes: 3 (some: 4)
Controls: on/off, volume
Pice:
1950: $95


Model: Century Amplifier
First made: 1939
Last made: 1956
Designation: 1939: no model designation, SN on rear logo plate
1948: model + SN on control plate
1949: model + SN on control plate
1955: model + SN on model plate
Cabinet: 1939: maple veneer
1949: cloth covered
1953: cloth covered
1955: yellow linnen covered
Grille: 1939: E-logo
1951: 6 vertical slots
1955: cloth with silk-screened E-logo
Inputs: 1939: 2
1940: 3
1955: 2 per channel
Speaker:
1939: 12" Rola field coil
1951: 12" Jensen PM
1955: 12" Utah
Tubes:
1939: 5; 1955: 6
Controls: 1939: on/off, volume (chicken knob with dial)
1946: on/off, volume+tone (black octagonal knobs)
1949: on/off, volume+tone (barrel knobs); vibrato version additional: vibrato on/off, speed+intensity, footswitch jack
1955: on/off; 2 channels: volume+bass+treble per channel, vibrato speed+strength (barrel knobs); footswitch jack
Price: 1939: AC $62.25; AC-DC $72.25
1941 Feb: AC $66; AC-DC $76
1941 Oct: AC $77; AC-DC $88
1946: AC $90; AC-DC $100
1947: AC $110; AC-DC $120
1948: Adv $110; Adv Vibrato $125
1950 July: Adv Vibrato $125
1950 Nov: Adv Vibrato $137.50
1953: Tremolo $150


Model: Coronet Amplifier
First made: 1939
Last made: 1941
Designation: no model designation, SN on rear logo plate
Cabinet: 1939: grey cloth covered; script logo with tail decal
1940: walnut veneer
Grille: E-logo
Inputs: 2
Speaker:
10" Jensen field coil
Tubes:
3 
Controls: on/off, volume (chicken knobs with dial)
Price: 1939: AC $40
1941 Feb: AC $42.25
1941 Oct: AC $49.50
1941 Dec: AC, only in outfit with guitar


Model: Electar Amplifier
First made: 1935
Last made: 1936
Designation: no model designation, SN on rear logo plate
Cabinet: black leatherette covered
Grille: cloth, with "detacho" cover
Inputs: 2
Speaker:
10" Magnavox field coil
Tubes: AC: 5; AC-DC: 7
Controls: on/off
Price: 1935: AC $75; AC-DC $110 (only in outfit with guitar)


Model: Kent Amplifier
First made: 1949 (in catalog, no example documented)
Last made: 1950
Designation: (unknown)
Cabinet: cloth covered
Grille: E-logo
Inputs: 2
Speaker:
10"
Tubes:
3
Controls: on/off; volume
Price: 1949: $54


Model: Model C Amplifier
First made: 1936
Last made: 1938
Designation: no model designation, SN on rear logo plate
Cabinet: grey airplane cloth covered; Electar logo plate
(1938 some: Epiphone tail decal
Grille: E-logo
Inputs: 2
Speaker:
1936: 10" Wright-Decoster field coil
1937: 10" Rola field coil
Tubes: 3 (1938: 5)
Controls: 1936: on/off
1937: on/off, volume (black octagonal knob)
1938: on/off, volume+tone (chicken knobs with dial)
Price: 1936: only in outfit with guitar: AC $100; AC-DC $110 


Model: Model M Amplifier
First made: 1936
Last made: 1938
Designation: 1936: no model designation, SN on rear logo plate
1938: model + SN on control plate
Cabinet: grey cloth covered; Electar logo plate
Grille: E-logo, with "detacho" cover
Inputs: 1936: 2
1937: 3 (2 instruments + 1 mic)
Speaker:
12" Rola field coil
Tubes:
AC: 5 (1938: 6)
AC-DC: 9
Controls: 1936: on/off
1938: on/off, volume (chicken knob with dial)
Price: 1936: AC $85; AC-DC $100


Model: Special Amplifier (Model EL)
First made: 1937
Last made: 1938
Designation: model + SN on control plate
Cabinet: brown keratol covered; Electar logo plate
Grille: E-logo, with "detacho" cover
Inputs: 3
Speaker:
12" Rola field coil
Tubes:
AC: 6
Controls: on/off, volume+tone (black octagonal knob with dial)
Price: 1937: $135


Model: Super Amplifier
First made: 1936 (AC-DC version; 1937: also AC-only version)
Last made: 1938
Designation: no model designation, SN on rear logo plate
Cabinet: black keratol covered; Electar logo plate
Grille: E-logo, with "detacho" cover
Inputs: 3
Speaker:
12" field coil
Tubes:
AC-DC: 15
Controls: on/off, 3x volume, tone
Price: 1937: $185


Model: Zephyr Amplifier
First made: 1939
Last made: 1956
Designation: 1939: model + SN on control plate
1955: model + SN on model plate
Cabinet: 1939: maple veneer (figured), 2 walnut bands
1947: maple veneer (plain), 1 walnut band
1954: yellow linnen covered
Grille: 1939: E-logo
1955: dark cloth with silkscreened E-logo
Inputs: 1939: 3
1951: 3+1 mic
1955: 2 per channel
Speaker:
1938: 12" Rola field coil 
1951: 12" Jensen PM
1955: 15" Utah
Tubes:
AC: 6; AC-DC: 10; Vibrato version: 7; 1955: 8
Controls: 1939: on/off, volume+tone (black octagonal knobs)
1948: on/off, volume+tone (barrel knobs); vibrato version additional: vibrato on/off, speed+intensity, footswitch jack
1951: on/off, volume+tone, vibrato speed+intensity, mic volume (barrel knobs)
1955: on/off; 2 channels: volume+bass+treble per channel, vibrato speed+strength (barrel knobs); footswitch jack
Price: 1939: AC $94.50; AC-DC $109.50
1941 Feb: AC $100; AC-DC $115
1941 Oct: AC $116.50; AC-DC $134.50
1946: AC $132; AC-DC $152
1947: AC $154; AC-DC $174
1948: Adv $154; Adv Vibrato $165
1950 Jul: Adv Vibrato $165
1950 Nov: Adv Vibrato $185
1953: Vibrato $197.50


Model: Zephyr Dreadnaught Amplifier
First made: 1939; 1941 renamed "Dreadnaught Amplifier"
Last made: 1956
Designation: 1939: model + SN on control plate
1955: model + SN on model plate
Cabinet: 1939: maple veneer (figured), 2 walnut bands
1947: maple veneer (plain), 1 walnut band
1949: tweed covered
1955: yellow linnen covered
Grille: 1939: E-logo
1951: 7 vertical slots
1955: dark cloth with silkscreened E-logo
Inputs: 1939: 3
1951: 3+1 mic
1955: 2 per channel
Speaker:
1939: 12" Rola field coil
1953: 15" Jensen PM
1955: 2x 12" Utah
Tubes:
AC: 6; vibrato version: 8; 1955: 9
Controls: 1939: on/off, volume (octagonal, later serrated knobs)
1948: on/off, volume+tone (barrel knobs); vibrato version additional: vibrato on/off, speed+intensity, footswitch jack
1951: on/off, volume+tone, vibrato speed+intensity, mic volume (barrel knobs)
1955: on/off; 2 channels: volume+bass+treble per channel, vibrato speed+strength (barrel knobs); footswitch jack
Price:
1939: AC $134.50; AC-DC $149.50
1941 Feb: AC $140; AC-DC $155
1941 Oct: AC $164.50; AC-DC $180
1946: AC $180; AC-DC $210
1947: AC $192.50; AC-DC $222.50
1948: Adv $192.50; Adv Vibrato $202.50
1950 Jul: Adv Vibrato $202.50
1950 Nov: Adv Vibrato $225
1953: Vibrato $247.50



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