1954 Epiphone Zephyr


Summary: A classic full-bodied archtop with a big, warm sound.

Body: Arched Maple body with arched maple top. 17.375″ wide at lower bout. Sunburst nitrocellulose finish. 1-ply body & neck binding.

Neck: V shaped set mahogany neck. Rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl notched-block inlays. Metal “Bikini” peghead logo plate. Epiphone branded tuners. 25.5″ scale. 1.68″ nut width.

Pickups/Hardware: Original New York pickup. Nickel hardware. White bakelite “carousel” volume and tone knobs. Nitrocellulose pickguard. Rosewood bridge & base. Trapeze tailpiece.

Cosmetics: There is light finish checking, particularly along the upper bout.  There two splits in the binding and one area where the binding has shrunk and separated slightly from the body. The finish on the back of the neck is worn.  There is consistent wear to the frets up the neck and a few minor dings to the rosewood board. The board is attractive and dark.

Playability: The V shape neck is very comfortable and facilitates jazz chordings and single note runs. The action is smooth with no fretting out or buzzing. The New York pickup sends a strong signal and notes are articulate and full.

Mods/Repairs: The nut has been replaced.  The neck has possibly been reset but if so, it was a professional job and it is difficult to tell. Original nitrocelloluse pickguard has warped from shrinkage.

Weight: 7 lbs, 4 oz.

Case: Hardshell case.