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Hello everyone! I believe this guitar to be an old Epiphone Deluxe Zephyr Regent but, not 100% sure. I haven’t found any examples of a single pickup. Any help identifying this guitar and what year it might have been made would be a huge help.

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You're correct regarding the model (Deluxe Zephyr Regent).  Deluxe model, "Zephyr" for electric; "Regent" for cutaway.

Very nice guitar, and I would say fairly rare.  You don't see many with one pickup (I have seen a few others, though).  The history is similar with Gibson's ES-350 evolving from a 1-pickup model to a 2-pickup model from the late 1940's to the early 1950's.

I'm having a difficult time reading the serial number.  If the first two digits are "55", then the guitar dates to 1946.  If the first two digits are "56", then it dates to 1947.  More info here:  http://www.guitarhq.com/epiphone.html#serial

I have never owned one of these, and that pickup is unfamiliar to me (but again, I'm seeing them when I do a search).  A little more research should clear up any other questions you may have.  Hope this helps.

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You can also find out all kinds of detailed helpful information at the 'Unofficial NY Epiphone Registry'(website), and Facebook page.

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That's 'New York' registry, to distinguish the instruments made by the original company, NYC based, from those made by Gibson, after they bought the company in '57.

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