Epiphone Electar 1939 Century Lap Steel with Bag

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A vintage classic returns with Art Deco design, Blade Humbucker and gig bag! Epiphone presents the Electar Inspired by 1939 Century Lap Steel, a one of a kind reissue of the Art Deco styled Hawaiian lap steel guitar originally designed by Herb Sunshine, Epiphone’s legendary salesman, electronics developer, and a good friend of founder Epi Stathopoulo.

Herb Sunshine was one of Epi Stathopoulo’s key employees at the House of Stathopoulo headquarters in New York and helped to inspire Epiphone to become the leading name in affordable professional instruments.

‘Epi’s father had brought over their Greek traditions from the old country and Epi was just carrying on where the old man had left off. They had terrific pride. Epi personally examined every guitar and banjo,’ Sunshine told Epiphone historian Jim Fisch ‘We called electric guitars and amplifiers ‘Electar’ which is a name I coined.’

The new Epiphone Electar Inspired by 1939 Century Lap Steel 6-string features the same body profile as the vintage original with a one-piece Mahogany body and neck with an Ebony finish. The back of the body has an inset non-slip rubber pad.

The ‘1939’ Century neck area has a classic Plexiglass fingerboard with a traditional ‘1939’ Art Deco Replica inlay design with 28 frets that are properly set for great intonation at any position. The headstock features the vintage metal Epiphone badge used on Epiphone’s earliest electric archtops from the 40s through the introduction of the Epiphone Casino in 1961! The 2.5 inch aluminum nut is raised slide and the Wilkinson ‘Deluxe’ 3-in-Line machine heads have Ivory Colored Buttons.

The new Electar Inspired by 1939 Century Lap Steel is powered by a powerful Epiphone 500B Blade Humbucker with beautiful reproduction Epiphone Circus Tent knobs for Master Volume and Tone. The bridge and tailpiece are Aluminum with a period-style nickel-plated steel cover.

Product Specifications
Epiphone Electar 1939 Century Elect Lap Steel Specifications
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: Square
  • Scale Length: 22.5 inches
  • Fingerboard Material: Plexiglass
  • Fingerboard Design: Traditional 1939 Art Deco Replica
  • Headstock: Traditional with vintage-style metal ‘Epiphone’ badge
  • Frets: 28
  • Strings: 6
  • Bridge Pickup: Epiphone 500B ‘Blade’ Humbucker
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Knobs: Vintage Circus Tent knobs
  • Bridge/Tailpiece: Aluminum with nickel-plated steel cover
  • Nut: Aluminum; Raised
  • Nut Width: 2.5 inches
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Binding: None
  • Machine Heads: ‘Deluxe’ 3-in-Line with Ivory Colored Buttons
  • Back: Inset Non-Slip Rubber Pad on body and neck
  • Includes: Deluxe Gigbag

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Jeff G. Submitted: 7/7/2018
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Good guitar for the price. Perfect for lap steel beginners like myself. Plug and play. One caveat... Crap strings are common with factory-fresh guitars, of course. Usually all the strings sound awful. For this model, out of the box, tuned to C6, actually got decent sound on the wire strings, wound strings wouldn't stay in tune and sounded like soccer balls being kicked. Strongly suggest simultaneously getting new strings when you purchase this guitar (I got GHS lap steel C6, not available through AMS (hint, hint), but Amazon or Reverb has them). No issues since.
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Bob T. Submitted: 3/29/2018
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I was very pleased with the quality and sound of this instrument good look good sound and a good price thanks
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