1938 Epiphone Spartan
Scotty's refurbished 1938 Masterbuilt Epiphone Spartan
Masterbuilt label bearing serial #12784
Scotty traded something for this at a guitar show.
It came out of an attic and was in dire need of a restoration.
Introduced as a round hole guitar in 1934, the Spartan was given f-holes
in 1936, much like the Gibson L-4. It features a hand carved solid
spruce top; black walnut back and sides; one piece mahogany neck;
Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with notched block mother of pearl inlay;
abalone Doric column peghead inlay, single-bound body, bound fingerboard
and head stock.
Black Walnut back with single binding
notched block mother of pearl inlay
Abalone Doric column peghead inlay
Like the prewar Broadway, the Spartan was produced with
back and sides of black walnut, and is particularly prized for its
unusually brilliant response and exceptional projection. With its 16
3/8" lower bout, the Spartan also had the same body size and
bracing of the prewar Deluxe, Broadway and Triumph models. The 16
1/2" body has projection exceeding that of many larger guitars, and
a shape sits very comfortably under the arm as well.
Floating D'Armond Pickup
Though originally an acoustic archtop guitar Scotty's
has been fitted with a vintage D'Armond floating pickup.
Scotty doesn't use this guitar for performing, Its one
of his favorites and he generally just plays it at home.
Restoration by John Apple
Epiphone history Info courtesy Archtop.com