1961 Epiphone E452T Sorrento.
The accouterments are basic, in fact the only real adornment is the binding around the body. The neck and pickguard are unbound and the headstock is free of any unnecessary artist flourishes. What you do get here is a great sounding and stylishly understated thinline electric guitar with that classic thinline voice.
As you may have noticed this is an E 452 T, as in a single pickup model. It is true to say that this guitar has gone through quite a few changes over its life. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed the positioning if the controls are slightly odd due to the additional controls. P90s were also fitted at some stage so there are holes for the screws and the pickguard has been enlarged. The current pickup surrounds do a very good job at masking the previous work. The electrics are all modern CTS too. The bridge is as replacement ABR-1.
The headstock too has been oversprayed we suspect and the bikini logo is an addition though correct for the period.
The sunburst finish on this guitar has weathered well and still retains its glossy finish,both front and back. The faux-tortoise shell pickguard hasn’t warped. The frets and fretboard are in good shape without any extreme wear. There are a few scratches here and there which isn’t surprising.
Electrically, as previously mentioned, the harness is all new utilizing CTS pots and orange drop caps. The pickups are Monty’s mini humbuckers.
The guitar comes with a hardshell case.
Acoustically this guitar has a pleasantly warm tone that translates to a full sound when plugged in, the guitar running the gamut from warm neck pickup to a more honky, biting bridge pickup tone.
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