Apollo Sunburst 1930s
The exact story behind this guitar’s origins is unknown. Its body measures 15 ½ inches across the lower bout, 11 ¼ inches across the upper bout, and has a similar shape to certain models Regal built during the ’30s as well as Epiphone’s Royal and Blackstone models. Also like certain 1930s Regal and Epiphone guitars, this example features three-segment f-holes, although its design is much simpler than those either company used.
The block inlays feature engraved floral patterns similar to those found on Epiphone banjos and Recording model guitars, but the 17th fret inlay is uncharacteristic of Epiphone, which usually had inlays as high as the 15th fret. The headstock banner inlay featuring the Apollo name is also similar to Epiphone Recording and Masterbilt guitars. Perhaps the most telling clue is the “C” or possibly “E” below the banner, which looks like a crude version of the “E” logo Epiphone later adopted. This, along with the fact that Epiphone offered an Apollo export model in the late ’30s, leans towards this being an experimental or prototypical Epiphone guitar.
- Serial: None
- Top: Spruce, sunburst finish
- Back and sides: Maple
- Neck: Maple
- Fretboard: ebonzied
- Frets: 19
- Bridge/tailpiece: Bakelite, nickel-plated trapeze
- Tuners: Nickel-plated Grover G-98 open gear with butter bean buttons