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1932 Epiphone Masterbilt Zenith Estimate?


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I inherited what I believe to be a 1932 Epiphone Masterbilt Zenith.

Its been refurbished once before, but still has many scratches, nicks, and worn spots on it.

Anyone here got an estimate on a price? Not selling, just curious.

 

Pictures of it, for your viewing pleasure:

 

The guitar in what I believe could be the original case.

http://img215.imageshack.us/i/epiphonemasterbiltzenit.jpg/

 

The head.

http://img514.imageshack.us/i/epiphonemasterbiltzenit.jpg/

 

The sticker and serial code inside.

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/7735/epiphonemasterbiltzeniti.jpg

(Sorry for the yellow-ness, a sticky note is the only thing I could find to tone down the flash.)

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I inherited what I believe to be a 1932 Epiphone Masterbilt Zenith.

Its been refurbished once before' date=' but still has many scratches, nicks, and worn spots on it.

Anyone here got an estimate on a price? Not selling, just curious.

 

[b']Pictures of it, for your viewing pleasure:[/b]

 

The guitar in what I believe could be the original case.

http://img215.imageshack.us/i/epiphonemasterbiltzenit.jpg/

 

The head.

http://img514.imageshack.us/i/epiphonemasterbiltzenit.jpg/

 

The sticker and serial code inside.

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/7735/epiphonemasterbiltzeniti.jpg

(Sorry for the yellow-ness, a sticky note is the only thing I could find to tone down the flash.)

 

I would probably guess the guitar is worth in the $1500-$1800 range and being that it's been previously "refurbished" it could be even slightly less. There's not a huge collector demand for the early lower/mid range Epiphone arch tops. There's really not even a huge demand for the Gibson lower/mid range arch tops from this time period. Now, the L-5s and later Emperors do command serious money but the early Zeniths were small-bodied (13 5/8") and Epiphones don't start getting interesting to collectors until later in the decade when the 17"+ bodied guitars started appearing. Still, a very nice piece of guitar history that I'd be inclined to keep in the family and pass down. Good luck.

 

Larens

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They actually had three different types of Zeniths, the first being one with a spruce top sized at 13.625 inch's and maple back/sides from 31-58, they also had a Zenith sub-named the Melody Tenor which sported a Walnut back/sides and had a 13.5 in body width 31-36, and lastly the Zenith Tenor made from 37-57 similar to the Melody but the body size was slightly smaller 13.25 in's, if indeed yours is a 32 then it would actually be slighty lower then what Larens had suggested ( especially that the market is weak, unless you find a buyer that just has to have it ) one in excellent shape would sell around then $1000.00 USD, but a very nice looking jazz box take great care of her and please play the thing or else its just a piece of firewood and what do you mean by its been refurbished, do you mean it has had a set up, neck reset of the frets dressed and leveled or cracks repaired and also I would venture a guess that that could be the original case that they bought with the guitar, not one made by Epiphone, I don't believe they made very many cases to go with their guitars from that time period.Ship

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