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1940's Epiphone Coronet Archtop Electric Guitar - Al Caiola - Historical & Rare!

Estimated price for orientation: 795 $

Category: Electric Guitar

Condition: Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab ... Read moreabout the condition Brand: Epiphone
Body Color: Sunburst Body Type: Hollow
Model Year: 1940 Model: Coronet
Soundboard Style: Archtop String Configuration: 6 String
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States Dexterity: Right-Handed

This historic guitar was once owned by Al Caiola, who played the "Bonanza" TV theme and the theme from "Magnificent Seven."  His letter (pictured) indicates he received this Epiphone Coronet as a gift from the widow of a former student.  The serial number indicates it was manufactured in Epiphone's New York plant in 1940.  This instrument is in excellent condition, and has its original pick-guard and hard-shell case.  The pickup and volume/tone controls work just fine, and the electronics can be accessed through a hatch cover on the back of the guitar.  The guitar's finish is in wonderful condition, considering its age, and there are just a couple of dings here and there - some worn finish on the back of the neck and a bb-sized ding on the bottom side of the lower bout.  There is a finish crack along the length of the back of the guitar, but the crack does not go through the wood.  The guitar appears to be all-original - one of the first electric guitar models, and this model rarely appears on eBay.  Lower bout measures 14-1/4" across.  This guitar plays easily and sounds fantastic amplified.  Action at the 12th fret is 3/16".  Own this rare piece of history!Shipping to the contiguous 48 states is $50.  I have shipped several guitars throughout the U.S. and pack them extremely well.  Please see my other listing for more quality guitars and gear.