Harry Volpe Model

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Harry Volpe
Harry Volpe

Harry Volpe (1906 - 1995) was a pioneer of the guitar before that phrase was coined. He was an established teacher, studio and recording musician in New York already in the 1920's and 1930's. He was the first guitarist selected to the Radio City Music Hall staff where he was a featured soloist.

The Epiphone company's only artist model guitar, the Harry Volpe model, is also one of the rarest of all Epi electrics. Performer, teacher, and prolific endorser, Volpe was associated at one time or another with almost every major US guitar manufacturer.

Volpe specified a 1 3/4" fingerboard for his namesake model, just a bit wider than typical instruments of the era. Also unique is the factory DeArmond pickup, a rare variant seen only on this model Epiphone.

Making it's debut in 1955, the Harry Volpe also has the bittersweet distinction of being the last new model introduced by Epiphone as an independent company.


Epiphone Harry Volpe Model
Epiphone Harry Volpe Model
Epiphone Harry Volpe Model
Epiphone Harry Volpe Model Headstock
  • 1955-1957


  • Figured Primavera (white mahogany) top, back and sides
  • Standard f-holes
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer
  • 15.25" body width
  • 3.625" body depth


  • Solid one piece mahogany neck
  • Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays
  • Enameled metal headplate
  • Solid bone nut
  • Hex-key adjustable truss rod
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.75" nut width


  • Single-ply celluloid body binding


  • De Armond single-coil pickup
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls


  • Nickel hardware
  • Compensated "lightning-bolt" rosewood bridge with trapeze tailpiece
  • Plate-mounted open-back Grover tuners
  • Dark tortoise pickguard
  • Clear Lucite barrel knobs


  • Blonde (1)
  • Shaded Sunburst (2)

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