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Epiphone Zephyr

Thinline semi acoustic

Epiphone Zephyr
Epiphone Zephyr
Epiphone 1961 full line catalogue1961 full line catalog

A star performer, the Zephyr offers professional quality and features: a clear sparkling, sustaining tone... instant response... and comfortable-to play size and shape.
Epiphone 1962 full line catalogue1962 full line catalog

Styling is modern with laminated arched maple top and back, matching maple rims, and ivoroid binding.
ModelZephyr E312T and E312TN
Available1959-1963
PickupsTwo mini humbuckers
Scale25 1/2"
BodyMaple 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
NeckMahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays. Inlaid Epiphone logo on the headstock. 20 frets, body meeting the neck at the 14th fret.
Hardware2 volume and 2 tone controls. Adjustable rosewood bridge with nickel-platede trapeze tailpiece.
FinishesNatural 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.

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Dan Comment left 12th November 2011 19:07:13
What is the value of a pre-gibson Epiphone electic guitat E312T in pristine condition?
Dan Vdovick Comment left 20th November 2011 21:09:17
Looking for an original tail piece for a 1959 Epiphone Zephyr model E312T guiter

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