Styling is modern with laminated arched maple top and back, matching maple rims, and ivoroid binding.
Zephyr E312T and E312TN
Two mini humbuckers
Maple sides and back with a laminated arched maple top. 17 3/8" wide (lower bout), 20 3/4" long, 1 7/8" thick. Single-ply binding
Mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays. Inlaid Epiphone logo on the headstock. 20 frets, body meeting the neck at the 14th fret.
2 volume and 2 tone controls. Adjustable rosewood bridge with nickel-platede trapeze tailpiece.
Natural or Shaded (Sunburst)
There was an older model, the Zephyr Emperor manufactured by pre-Gibson Epiphone from 1951 until 1957. This full-body instrument was the forerunner to the thinline Zephyr and Emperor when Gibson started making them in 1959. Early Kalamzoo-made models used older Epiphone parts: New York pickups, and the classic metal Epiphone headstock logo.
John Lee Hooker used a thinline Epiphone Zephyr widely throughout the 1960s - click on the central arrow to play the video clip.