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1959 Epiphone A411-N Triumph Regent Archtop


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1959 Epiphone A411-N Triumph Regent Archtop
1959 Epiphone A411-N Triumph Regent Archtop in very good condition.  A bit of a rare bird here - one of only 29 Triumphs guitars built in this first year of reproduction, and one of even fewer Regents (cutaways) in Natural finish.  As Gibson acquired Epiphone in 1957, the body of this guitar was likely from the original Epiphone factory in New York, and shipped to Kalamazoo for assembly in the Gibson factory.  It is in very good condition for its age, with a few top dings and scratches, and some expected lacquer checking, but no cracking or major repairs.  It has replacement Kluson "Waffleback" tuners, a replacement Gibson Tune-O-Matic bridge, and an added pickup (likely a Kent Armstrong), which altered the original pickguard for the added volume and tone knobs.  The neck shows signs of overspray, but likely for cosmetic reasons, as there are no visible breaks or repairs.  The rest of the guitar is original, from the solid interior kerfing to the "Frequensator" tailpiece.  It plays and sounds great, and includes a vintage, but not original, hardshell case.

From a listing for a 1959 Triumph Regent that sold on

Introduced in 1932, the Triumph was the Epiphone company's best selling professional sized guitar. The cutaway version, dubbed Triumph Regent, made its debut in 1949, and was offered until the firm ceased production in 1956. Gibson purchased the Epiphone company the following year, and by 1959 had revived the model, building them on the same factory line as the L-5 and other pro-series Gibson archtops. The Gibson/Epi Triumph was given the model number A-412, and comparably priced to the Gibson L-7C. With its slightly larger body and deeper cutaway, the Triumph offered an attractive alternative to the serious guitarist.

One of a mere 29 Triumphs produced by Gibson that first year, this guitar is the earliest we've found, and shows some remarkable transitional features. Gibson had acquired a small quantity of old-stock parts and bodies from Epiphone, which were quickly expended in the initial production. The presence of solid kerfing inside the body would indicate that it was actually fabricated by Epi, and the headstock contour, fat script logo, long tail Frequensator and pointed pickguard are all old Epiphone stock. The Kluson tuners, compensated bridge and sunburst finish are clearly Gibson style however, and suggest that the instrument was delivered unfinished, and completed in Kalamazoo.

Gus Friedlander demonstrating the instrument: