Rare Vintage 1930's Pre-Gibson Epiphone Model 0 Acoustic Guitar -Gorgeous!

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Vintage 1930's Pre-Gibson Epiphone flat-top Model 0 Acoustic Guitar -- Super Rare, Very Good /Excellent Condition w NOC!

An amazingly preserved Epiphone Acoustic parlor guitar. One of the original line of flattops going back to the golden age of acoustic guitars in the 1930s. This model of smaller "parlor" or "blues box" style acoustic guitar was favored by blues players of all eras for its compressed, woody tonal quality, short scale, and comfortable weight which makes it ideal for fingerpicking or the bark of a bottle neck slide.

Pre-Gibson Epiphone flat-top guitars are often described as “rare as hen’s teeth.” The numbered series preceded the Recording series which had model letters A-D. This series received numbers 0-4.

This Model 0 is constructed of solid Mahogany for the top, back, sides and neck while the fretboard and bridge are Rosewood. The bracing pattern is an incredibly light weight, single tone bar X pattern. The neck joins the body at 13th fret and the original tuners have the cogs above the shaft- both common features in a time period that was ushering in the golden age of guitar manufacturing.

The very light build results in a very lively and loud box that is just perfect for the fingerstyle blues that I like to play (think Mississippi John Hurt). It would originally have had a long, triangular shaped pickguard.

  • Year: 1930's

  • Model: Model “0”

  • Serial: #561

  • Finish: Natural

  • Case: Non original 

  • Weight:

  • Condition: 9/10 Overall  good condition -- Devoid of chips or dings. Loads of fret life left, structurally sound(no pun intended), straight "V" shaped neck. 

  • All Original Waverly Tuers and Buttons!
  • Modifications & Repairs: Pick guard missing - bridge pins were replaced - nut was cut & raised, professionally set up.  It would possibly benefit from another neck reset or work on the bridge plate to account for the slight belly in the top. Even so, the current setup is a joy to play and the tone is among the finest for fingerstyle guitars that I’ve ever played.

  • Comments:  Incredibly rare item! These do not come on the market & are extremely difficult to find. Light weight, all mahogany instrument projects with a rounded, mellow tone & is a finger picker's dream axe. A blues machine!  From Ace's Private Collection.



  This instrument is immediately ready to perform. Great for many types of ones' playing needs, including recording, practice & live gigs & will serve one well for any type of guitar style. Obviously, this is being sold as is

  Since this is vintage, acoustic instrument, our normal return policy DOES NOT APPLY TO THIS ITEM! It cannot be returned to us. We package professionally & this unit will be insured for the full valuation at our expense. We accurately represent all of our items. If you have questions please feel free to contact us for an in hand description. Also, take a look at our feedback, which has accumulated for the past 25 + years on the eBay website under our user name, ellisantique.

  We have had repairs performed that were absolutely necessary to get this equipment into good functional condition. Work was performed & guitar was professionally set up by DiPinto Guitars, luthiers & guitar manufacturers, from Phila., PA. If the buyer wishes to continue to tweak & upgrade this axe, that is entirely up to them and solely at their expense. The transfer of ownership occurs when the buyer pays for this item.

** Upon buyer's receipt of item, seller will no longer be held liable for any defects or other issues regarding this item. **

Please inquire regarding international shipping rates prior to purchase or making us an offer. This item is subject to prior sale in person or online. If you have any interest in purchasing this equipment, please feel free to make us an offer. We're full time general antique dealers and negotiating is a large part of our business. Just sayin'......


 Shipping insurance is included. Equipment will be boxed in new shipping box(es) & will be shipped via FedEx. Or, this can be picked up in person locally at our physical bricks and mortar shop in Collingswood, NJ 08108.