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Old 11-06-2020, 02:43 PM
Steve DeRosa Steve DeRosa is offline
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Default Keep the drool towels handy...

I was surfing the net and I came across this beauty - the uber-rare Epiphone Emperor Concert:











Yes folks, that's a genuine 1949 New York original in dead-mint condition - a near-twin to Johnny Smith's personal guitar, and one of only three known to exist; here's the back story:

https://wiedler.ch/nyepireg/closeup28.html

Had the "classical archtop" school not essentially crashed after WW II (a result of Segovia's 1928 American debut and the subsequent adoption of the Spanish-style guitar as the concert-hall standard, as well as changing postwar musical tastes), I could easily see one of these as a virtuoso soloist's instrument...
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