EPIPHONE CENTURY (1939-1957)

  • Epiphone Century electric guitar

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1939 to 1957

Epiphone introduced the Century electric guitar in 1939 as part of the Century series of instruments (which included a banjo, mandolin, lap steel and an amplifier). It was a hollow bodied, single pickup archtop that was eventually replaced by the Epiphone Century E422T in 1958 when Gibson took over Epiphone. The body width of the Century gradually increased following its introduction: from 14.75" wide in 1939, to 15.25" in 1941 and 16.375" in 1946. The Century guitar was also available in Tenor (4-string short-scale) and Plectrum (4-string long-scale) configurations.

The early Epiphone Century's had a single Master pickup in the bridge position, this was moved to the neck position in 1946. The pickup was changed to a Tone Spectrum unit in 1950 to 1957. Some were also made with NY pickups during the 1950s. The headstock had a metal logo plate.

Specifications (21)

Controls

Controls materialclear plastic controls
Controls shapesquare control
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelDeArmond pickup(s), Epiphone New York pickup(s), Epiphone Tone Spectrum pickup(s)
Pickups configuration1 pickup

General

Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length

Neck

Body fretNeck joins body at 14th fret
Number of frets20 fret
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Body

Body materiallaminated mahogany body
Body width14.75 inches body, 15.25 inches body, 16.375 inches body
Pickguard materialbakelite pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes

Hardware

Bridgeadjustable rosewood bridge
Tailpiecetrapeze tailpiece

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

Prices (2)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
2013$600good
2018$300poor

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