Epiphone Olympic, 1965 Double w/ Vibrola Natural & hardcase


My Story: Hello! I’m a 1965 Epiphone Olympic Double with a vibrola tailpiece. In about 1968 the Beatles were some of the first to start removing the finish off of many of their instruments. Their motives were to get a better sound through less finish to impede the natural vibrations of the tonewood used. I have had a former owner execute a similar treatment and thankfully he did not use sandpaper or remove my headstock face finish and logo. All of my body contours and original woodwork are intact. It appears as if the original cherry finish started to check and chip and they just started picking until most of the lacquer was gone. I’m a natural true vintage beauty that hasn’t been refinished, just unfinished. My single coils pump out rich, powerful tones, the lightweight body is very resonant & the slender profile neck is super comfortable to play up & down the fretboard. I’ve been professionally inspected by the vintage experts at Randee’s Music & set up by our own master luthier, so I play perfectly.

Cosmetics : Typical play wear for a guitar that’s a half century old – various nicks, chips, dent, dings and surface scratches. Their are belt buckle marks on the back. No cracks or breaks. Even though the guitar has had the finish removed it doesn’t have an ugly clear coat or the usual over-sanding you’d find with a piece like this. Since there is a slight sheen I guess they probably used a light coat of oil at the end of the process. The body contours are still perfectly intact, not rounded off or over. The serial number impression still has heavy embossing like the day it was stamped in Kalamazoo. This guitar would be an excellent candidate for a period corrrect re-finish…anyone for Pelham Blue or how about a cool Silver Fox?

Neck: Slender profile mahogany neck that gets chunkier as you work your way up the fretboard. Indian rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl dot inlays & cream side-dots. Frets show some wear, but still have plenty of life in them. ‘Batwing’ headstock with gold Epiphone script logo. Kluson Deluxe strip tuners with cream buttons in working condition. 1 9/16″ nut width; 24 3/4″ scale length. Neck is straight & truss rod is in good working condition.

Body: Asymmetrical, solid mahogany body with back contour. Wrap-around, compensated bridge & nickel hardware. Single-ply pickguard is in great shape with no cracks & still has the “E” emblem between the pickups.

Pickups: A pair of single coils with black covers. Bridge – 7.98K ohms; Neck – 7.09K ohms. Dual volume & tone controls with 3-way toggle switch. Replacement knobs with gold inserts. All electronics are in perfect working condition. All pot codes are 1964 and 1965.

Case: 70’s hardcase with yellow interior included.

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