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Epiphone Zephyr

Thinline semi acoustic

Epiphone ZephyrEarly 1960s Gibson-made Epiphone Zephyr
Model: Zephyr E312T and E312TN
Available: 1959-1963
Pickups: Two mini humbuckers
Scale: 25 1/2"
Body: Maple sides and back with a laminated arched maple top. 17 3/8" wide, 20 3/4" long, 1 7/8" thick. Single-ply binding
Neck: Mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays. Inlaid Epiphone logo on the headstock. 20 frets, body meeting the neck at the 14th fret.
Hardware: 2 volume and 2 tone controls. Adjustable rosewood bridge with nickel-plated trapeze tailpiece.
Finishes: Natural or Shaded (Sunburst)

There were several earlier Epiphone instruments using the name Zephyr, dating back to the 1930s, including the Zephyr De Luxe, Zephyr De Luxe Regent, Zephyr Regent as well as Zephyr Spanish guitar, Zephyr mandolin, Zephyr Hawaiian guitar and a Zephyr amplifier. At one point the name Zephyr signified the instrument as being electric rather than acoustic, and the name Regent signified a body cutaway.

The Zephyr guitars had the same large 17 3/8" x 20 3/4" body size, but differed to some extent in terms of appointments (inlays etc), hardware and cutaway. The 1950 catalogue shows several models, with one or two pickups, and frequensator or trapeze tailpieces. By the mid 1950s, however, the only guitar using the name was the Zephyr Electric, model E311/E312 (Blonde/Shaded finish), which most closely resembled the 1950 Zephyr Regent regular, with it's body cutaway, single pickup and a trapeze tailpiece.

A single adjustable pickup, governed by a single tone control, gives the player an amazing choice of voice - from round, velvet-like tone to dominating brilliance. The advantage of a single pickup is it's great frequency response from both bass and treble strings.

Gibson went on to acquire Epiphone, it's tooling and numerous unfinished guitars and components in 1957. Numerous Epiphone models were offered, and the Zephyr was one of them, first shipping from Kalamazoo in 1959. Early Kalamazoo-made models used older Epiphone parts: New York pickups, and the classic metal Epiphone headstock logo, looking somewhat like the previous Zephyr Electric, but with two pickups. The body size remained unchanged, as did the model designation E312, although tweaked to E312T to underline the thinline body style.

Gibson did, however, make some revisions, fitting two pickups like some of the the earlier versions, but providing a separate tone and volume control for each pickup - for the first time. Production was relatively short; most US-built Epiphones were produced through to 1969, the Zephyr was only shipped for five years 1959-63. In total 415 guitars were shipped - over 85% of them in Epiphone's Shaded (Sunburst) finish.

Epiphone Zephyr shipping figures

Shipping figures are not available for the Stathopoulos-era (pre-Gibson) Epiphones, however they are for the Gibson Kalamazoo period. As can be seen, in 1959, the original Epiphone model number for the Blonde Zephyr (E311) is used in addition to the 'T' and 'N' suffixes typically used by Gibson. Beyond this time, both finish options were given model designation E312T or E312TN.

1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 total
E311TN 8 8
E312TN 17 13 11 13 54
E312T 137 106 46 21 43 353
total 145 123 59 32 56 415

Epiphone Zephyr catalogue appearances

Epiphone 1961 full line catalog
1961 'guitars, basses, amplifiers' catalogue

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 catalog
1962 'guitars, basses, amplifiers' catalogue

Styling is modern with laminated arched maple top and back, matching maple rims, and ivoroid binding.
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Epiphone ZEPHYR Archtop Electric Hollowbody Guitar  1944 USA  Jazz  ~  AWESOME

Epiphone ZEPHYR Archtop Electric Hollowbody Guitar 1944 USA Jazz ~ AWESOME

Spokane, Washington, 992**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

Here we have one really cool rare Vintage 1944 Epiphone ZEPHYR Archtop Electric Guitar.
It was launched in 1936 and was intended to compete directly with Gibson??s flagship SJ-400
This example here up for auction is very cool, plays fantastic, sounds bitchin, and is in great condition
considering age
Nothing in modeling sounds quite like these old guitars they have an energy, a sound that is very hard to simulate
This Epiphone USA ZEPHYR guitar shows some signs of use & ... more
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Vintage Epiphone Zephyr DeLuxe Electric Guitar

Vintage Epiphone Zephyr DeLuxe Electric Guitar

Dobbs Ferry, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

For sale, a vintage Epiphone Zephyr DeLuxe hollow-body electric guitar. Based on the serial number (#75290) on the back of the headstock and on certain physical indicators (like the "E" on the pick guard), we are guessing this guitar is was made between 1944 and 1950. This guitar came from a very talented and discerning player who took great care of his collection, and features really nice action, and a full-bodied sound.
Other than the few cosmetic blemishes that can seen in the photos, ... more
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RARE 1958 Epiphone Gibson-Made Zephyr Regent Thinline E312T Electric - New York

RARE 1958 Epiphone Gibson-Made Zephyr Regent Thinline E312T Electric - New York

Lee's Summit, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4400


1958 Epiphone E312T Zephyr Thinline w Original Case!
Here is a very rare and early Gibson-made Epiphone Zephyr Thinline from 1958. This is one of the first Epiphone's made by Gibson. Epiphone was acquired in mid-1957 by CMI Gibson and in the next year or so they began taking orders for the new models at the 1958 NAMM show. This guitar was made in 1958. It features mostly Epiphone parts including the New York pickups, white pointer (carousel) knobs, bikini logo The neck and body are the ... more
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1953 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent Vintage Archtop, Spruce Top & Case

1953 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent Vintage Archtop, Spruce Top & Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8500

Up for sale, a 1953 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent vintage archtop electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This stunning New York-made Epiphone Emperor is an exquisite and elegant archtop both acoustically and plugged in, retaining its original trio of New York humbuckers
Featuring an arched spruce top and figured curly maple back and sides, the Zephyr Emperor was the top of the line model in Epiphone's vintage archtop ... more
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1951 Epiphone Zephyr Natural

1951 Epiphone Zephyr Natural

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2899

Just in is this beautiful 1951 Epiphone Zephyr
Quick Details
Weight 6 8lbs
Nut width 1 72 "
Depth at 1st fret 0 90 "
Depth at 12th fret 1 04 "
This Zephyr is in great shape and everything minus the jack and plastic end cap on the base of the neck is all original. The pickguard is original but thr E logo must have come off at some point. You can still see the outline from the glue that held it on. The binding had come undone and shrunk in part of the arches of the body. It ... more
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1961 Epiphone Zephyr E-312T Thinline electric guitar

1961 Epiphone Zephyr E-312T Thinline electric guitar

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6595

1961 Epiphone Zephyr E-312T, Rare Thinline Hollow BodyElectric, Made in Michigan, Two Mini Humbuckers, Gold knobs, Reissue tuners andno extra holes, Very few of these were made, Super great sounding guitar, EC, Rare original hard case
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1951 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst w /  Case

1951 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst w / Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3700

Up for sale, a 1951 Epiphone Zephyr DeLuxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A rare iteration of the Zephyr platform, it's particularly uncommon to see a single pickup Zephyr outfitted with Epiphone's DeLuxe cosmetic appointments including a gold-plated Frequensator tailpiece, bound multi-ply pickguard, multi-ply body binding, and pearl cloud inlay on the bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard
Featuring a spruce top and figured ... more
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Vintage 1940 Epiphone Zephyr Tenor Blond for Repair-Restoration 1940s

Vintage 1940 Epiphone Zephyr Tenor Blond for Repair-Restoration 1940's

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1275

This listing is for a Vintage 1940 Epiphone Zephyr Tenor Archtop Tenor Guitar. This guitar was made Epiphone in 1940. The serial number dates the guitar accurately. The guitar will need work but is an excellent candidate for a professional restoration. This guitar came out of a collection of tenor guitars.
The biggest issue is that the electronics are just very old and will need to be worked on. The pickup does have some soft output but it's clearly not working properly and the knobs aren't ... more
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1953 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent - Natural

1953 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent - Natural

Piedmont, South Carolina, 296**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4599

The Zephyr Deluxe Regent blonde was the Epiphone competitor to the Gibson L-5 CESN. This one comes fitted with the original NY Tone Spectrum single coil pickups (bridge rewound by Kent Armstrong). It also has the cloud fretboard inlays which is the original design used for the Epiphone Deluxe, in contrast to many Deluxe Regents from this era that have the Emperor split block inlays. The maple used for the body is nicely flamed, particularly on the top. The neck is 5-ply maple with a ... more
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1955 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent Vintage Archtop Sunburst, Collector-Grade

1955 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent Vintage Archtop Sunburst, Collector-Grade

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6000

Up for sale, a 1955 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent vintage archtop in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and case candy. A one family-owned instrument, this stunning New York-made Epiphone is an elegant guitar both acoustically and plugged in, loaded with its pair of New York humbuckers
Featuring all maple body construction, the Zephyr Deluxe Regent has a 17 3 / 8" wide lower bout and full 25 1 / 2" scale length. ... more
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Vintage 1949 Epiphone Zephyr Blonde w /  Deluxe Vintage Gibson Hard Case

Vintage 1949 Epiphone Zephyr Blonde w / Deluxe Vintage Gibson Hard Case

New York, 100**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2499

Vintage original circa 1949 Epiphone Zephyr archtop electric
Guitar plays real nice and sounds fantastic
Beautiful woods. Particularly nicely flamed back and sides
Spruce top is finely grained and in excellent shape
New Yorker pickup has been replaced with a vintage Guild pickup and it sounds great
An amazing arch top electric for a nice price!
Comes with a vintage Gibson hard case, too!
Guitar is exactly as pictured.
Buyer pays $125 shipping in the USA, $150 to ... more
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1940??s Epiphone Electar Zephyr Electric Slide Guitar

1940??s Epiphone Electar Zephyr Electric Slide Guitar

Wasilla, Alaska, 996**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$280

Has wear on the paint, and doesn??t have the metal cover to cover the pickup. The electronics work, but knobs twist continuously. Could use a proper clean up. Very cool, and rare guitar, just not in the same condition as the ones you see for over 1000 dollars. I will do my very best to package the guitar so there can be no damage during shipment. Will be shipped from Alaska, shipping times and rates may apply!
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1954 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent - Flame Maple Top - Vintage Archtop

1954 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent - Flame Maple Top - Vintage Archtop

Redondo Beach, California, 902**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7500

This is a 1954 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent in Excellent Condition This guitar is fully functional and Sounds AMAZING !!It's All Original (except for the pickguard with was created by Kerry Char in Portland, Oregon)This Big Body guitar sounds Big whether it's plugged in or played acoustically Flame Maple TopCurly Maple Back & SidesIt has an 18-3 / 8" lower bout and 4" depthThe Nitro Sunburst is absolutely Beautiful with lovely checking25-1 / 2" ScaleThe Neck is a 5-Ply construction made of... more
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Epiphone Zephyr guitar and case

Epiphone Zephyr guitar and case

Saint Petersburg, Florida, 337**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$899

Cool guitar, 3 pickups p90 style excellent playing condition and good cosmetically and comes with case, Contact us with questions Mad Music St Pete fl 12- 5 m- sat... more
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Epiphone By Gibson L400 Zephyr Blues Deluxe Electric Hollow Guitar 3 P90??s

Epiphone By Gibson L400 Zephyr Blues Deluxe Electric Hollow Guitar 3 P90??s

Maldon , Essex, CM9***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1250

Epiphone By Gibson L400 Zephyr Blues Deluxe Electric Hollow Guitar 3 underwound P90??s with OHSC. Running flat round strings, wonderful mellow tones. Collection in person near Maldon Essex, or I can hand to your courier. Rare opportunity to own a reasonably priced L400 type guitar
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Pre-Owned Epiphone Zephyr 100th Anniversary John Lee Hooker

Pre-Owned Epiphone Zephyr 100th Anniversary John Lee Hooker

Liverpool, L24***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1100

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------------------------------------Pre-Owned Status: Please note, due to some previous use this item has been given our 'Pre-Owned' status: meaning that we've checked it over and ... more
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Epiphone zephyr Blues Deluxe

Epiphone zephyr Blues Deluxe

Derby, DE72***, UNITED KINGDOM

£500

Ephiphone zephyr Blues Deluxe.

Previous owner had replaced the tuner but had put the originals back on when he sold it to me. Case is included in the sale.

Nice guitar but thinning down my collection
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1951 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Varitone Archtop Vintage USA 50s Electric Guitar

1951 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Varitone Archtop Vintage USA '50s Electric Guitar

Southend-on-Sea, SS1***, UNITED KINGDOM

£7999

This 1951 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Vari-Tone is a great example of the innovations Epiphone made in the electric guitar market. The denotations ??Zephyr?? and ??Regent?? are Epiphone lingo for an electric model with a cutaway, respectively. This instrument features three original New York pickups which can be combined into many possible combinations with the 6-button switching system. Features the original Bakelite pickup mounts, Frequensator tailpiece, compensated rosewood bridge and ... more
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Looking for an original tail piece for a 1959 Epiphone Zephyr model E312T guiter
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What is the value of a pre-gibson Epiphone electic guitat E312T in pristine condition?

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1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.