Jump to content
Gibson Brands Forums

vintage epiphones


Recommended Posts

hi all new to this .i just inherited my fathers epiphone and trying to find out about year ect inside the f cut has a sticker with a serial number 13598 it a broad .i know its old but in great shape .if anybody nows anything let me know thanks

 

Over the years the Epiphone Broadway has been a lot of different guitars...yours happens to date to 1939 and these earlier arch tops are pretty nice guitars but don't command a great deal of money in the vintage market. Your guitar was a mid-line, maple bodied 17 3/8" (BIG) arch top probably equal to a Gibson L-50 though the Broadway is a much larger guitar than an L-50...as for a value... between $2 and $3K depending upon condition and originality...yours has a far greater value to you though being that it was your dad's..and that is in deed worth more than money any day.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Basically, the picture has to be hosted by another website, such as Photobucket. To post an image within a message, click the 'Image' icon, and it will give you a pair of image tags ("[img||/img]") and you plug the URL of your picture in between the image tags. Here's the headstock of a Broadway close to yours, #13600, from archtop.com. The text would look like:

[img|http://www.archtop.com/PageMill_Resources/39bwy3_hd.jpg|/img]

(where opening and closing brackets would replace the vertical bars).

 

And the preview/post would show the image:

 

39bwy3_hd.jpg

 

You can get the URL of an image by right-clicking on the image and selecting the 'Properties' option; then highlight and copy the URL text, and paste it in between the 'img' tags in your message.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

New to forum but trying to learn more about my Epi--inherited it :) I guess it's a '51 Devon (63021). I can find lots on the Broadways, Casinos, etc. but not much on the Devon. Not interested in selling but curious about the dearth of information on them. I learned to play music on this guitar when I was 11 and haven't stopped. I have 5 guitars now ranging from my old epi to my not quite as old epi 12-string to my cheap little Aria electric that I use to rattle the windows. I love it when my teenaged daughter yells at me to turn it down :) So, where can I find out more about the Devons?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...

Thx! I went messing around on the Internet and found 4 Devons at Archtop.com. Very interesting site :) I also found a Devon on EBay <gasp!>. It's serial number was only 12 off from mine so I bid on it. Someone had auto bid set up, though, and it scared me after it got above $1,400 so I quit bidding. It went for $1,435 and that's a lot of money when I have no idea what this model can be worth. Gives me an idea of the value of mine, though, since mine is in better condition. Archtop didn't post sale prices on theirs. I find it interesting that I only found 5 other Devons on the whole Internet. I emailed Archtop and got a form letter in return--I asked for more guidance on sites for my gitbox--telling me how to send it in for an appraisal.

 

Gibson has absolutely no info on this model but I like what they have at their repair facility so I'm thinking of sending mine in for some TLC. There's nothing wrong with it, it plays wonderfully, but it needs new frets, a good cleaning, a professional set-up (the bridge is a booger), lower the action some, etc. It's all original, except for the nut, so I really don't want it messed with much and I don't have anywhere closer to my home that I trust to not mess it up. Has anybody here used Archtop for a guitar? Did they do a good job? Now I just have to buy a new case since I don't want to send the original case through the mail/UPS.

 

Since you mentioned the fretboard inlay, I've noticed that not too many of the old Epi's have it based on the pics in this forum. I was rather thrilled with the description at Archtop.com especially "This example is a superb deep voice with outstanding projection". My friends keep telling me they're gonna make me play in the next room when we play together because this guitar has a huge voice :)/

 

Anyhoo, thanks again. I'll keep checking back once in a while to see if there's any updates.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

×
×
  • Create New...