1951 Epiphone "DeLuxe Regent"

 

Just like the Howard and the Soloist this is an especially rare Epi; only a few Deluxes were made with an extra-wide body, similar in size to the Emperor model. Some had f-hole binding, some did not.

 

It is not only rare, but the guitar, the original strap, and its case, are in near mint condition too, which for me makes it a bit daunting to take out and play.

 

According to the she son of the original owner it was played on many occasion by Roy Orbison ("the Caruso of Rock"), who always wanted to buy the guitar, but his father refused to sell ! I can see why because besides being stunningly beautiful it has a phenomenal sound, like a church organ, loud, reverberant, sparkling highs, chunky mids, and the deepest ringing basses ever.

 

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