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Epiphone Electar Zephyr 8 String Lap Steel

Sold ! This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2008-09-14)
Price : US $449.99



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Circa 1946 Epiphone Electar ''Zephyr'' model, 8 String Lap Steel Guitar. Serial # 7422.  The Fisch/Fred Epiphone serial number list shows this # to be from 1942. The “Master Voicer” control pot, which appears to be original, has an E.I.C. code and dates the part to 1946 (140617) It appears the guitar was started before WW2 and finished after. It makes sense and is plausible but it’s just a theory. That’s the reasoning behind calling it a ’46.  Now back to the guitar.



It came from a Memphis Estate Sale, so it’s got soul built in.  It had pedals attached at one point but I was too late to get the parts that were on it. I would have liked to have seen the set-up, useable or not. There are 4, 1/8th” holes behind the bridge and 2 in the headstock, 1 goes completely thru the other does not. There are a couple chips in the paint on the back. I swapped the knobs with my 48 Zephyr Deluxe because they work better on the steel. My personal favorite tweaker of amps and rewinder of pickups, Steve Tillyer, rewound the pickup and it sounds great.  One screw holding the control cavity cover has broken off. These issues are visible in the pictures.  Email if you’d like detailed pictures.



All the remaining parts are original and overall the guitar is very clean. 8 nickle epsilon tuners, chrome handrest and tailpiece/bridge. Master Voicer and Volume pots appear original and work great. The volume and tone range available is remarkable.  Very comfortable string spacing and good


Sold ! This guitar is sold (sold on 2008-09-14)



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Wiota Dave said...
I have matching 6 and 8 string models. The 8 needs a pickup rewind. How would I reach Steve Tillyer? Thanks