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c.1930 Epiphone Recording Model A Tenor

Serial # 6560. The Epiphone Recording series of the early 1930's was the company's professional line of instruments, and the Model A tenor was Epiphone's entry level Professional Banjo. Featuring a headstock with intricate pearl inlays, walnut neck and bound resonator, 10-15/16" arch-top rim, pearl diamond fingerboard inlays, and engraved Grover tailpiece, the Recording A was a fairly ornate and quite appealing instrument.

This example has been well played and plays well. Frets and neck angle are excellent, newly replaced Renaissance head and Snuffy Smith bridge (our shop's handiwork), and replacement 5 Star tuning machines make this Tenor a joy to play.

19 fret 23" scale neck, 1-1/8" bone nut, CGDA tuning. Repaired / stable crack in neck heel, finish work to inside-surface of the rim, and outside of resonator. All rim hardware in excellent working order. The instrument plays perfectly and sounds very fine. It has plenty of volume, but has a pleasant warmth thanks to the Renaissance head and Folkway set up.

With newer hardshell case

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