Sorrento Guitars

1961 Epiphone Sorrento

Color: Natural, Rating: 8.50, Sold (ID# 00036)
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A Very Early Epiphone Sorrento in the Rare Natural Finish

This super lightweight 16-inch-wide thinline body guitar weighs just 5.60 lbs. and has a nice, fat nut width of 1 11/16 inches and a standard Gibson scale length of 24 3/4 inches. Laminated maple body, one-piece mahogany neck with a medium thick profile, and Brazilian rosewood fretboard with 20 jumbo frets and inlaid pearl dot position markers. Headstock with metal Epiphone logo plate. Three-layer (black/white/black) plastic truss-rod cover. Individual single-line Kluson Deluxe tuners with white plastic oval buttons. Two Epiphone mini-humbucker pickups with black plastic surrounds and outputs of 7.28k and 6.97k. Tortoiseshell celluloid pickguard. Four controls (two volume, two tone) on lower treble bout plus three-way pickup selector switch on upper bass bout. Gold plastic bell-shaped knobs with metal tops. ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and trapeze tailpiece with three horizontal lines on cross-bar. All hardware nickel-plated. Printed paper label inside the bass f-hole with the model number "Sorrento-N E451-TN" written in ink and the serial number "E- (written in ink) 4198 (stamped in black) D (written in ink)." This guitar is in excellent (8.50) condition. There is some fine body checking, one tiny mark on the back of the guitar, and one small crack on the side edge by the jack input. Housed in a later "Tweed" hardshell case with light brown plush lining (9.00).

A prime example, in the rarest color, of one of the earliest Sorrentos made -- the metal peghead logo plate was discontinued by 1963. The Sorrento is similar in body style to Gibson's ES-125TD, but has the more deluxe features of mini humbuckers and an ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge.

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