Model 4 Flat Top

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Epiphone Model 4 Flat Top
1928 Epiphone Model 4 Flat Top Headstock
Epiphone Model 4 Flat Top
1928 Epiphone Model 4 Flat Top

The Model 4 was the top of the line, the largest and most ornate of the Models 1 though 3. The "Numbered Series" Epiphone guitars appear to be a transitional model between the "Recording Series" (Models 'A' through 'E') of the late 20's, and Epi's first Masterbilt f-hole archtops of the early 30's. Larger and louder than the Recording Models, the Numbered Series represented a radical breakthrough in the effort to design acoustic guitars with sufficient projection to replace the banjos of the early big band era.

Significantly, the guitars were the first Epis with a 14 fret neck, and the first to adopt the 25.5" scale, over seven years before Gibson made the long neck standard on their largest archtops. Another innovative features is the self-centering bridge, a rosewood retainer for the bone saddle that slides in a channel on the front of the bridge. The bridge pins are staggered in placement, and a suspended bound tortoise pickguard was held in place without a bracket, employing an ingenious retaining pin to the bridge, in a fashion similar to Gibson mandolins of the teens

  • 1928-1932
  • Made at the Long Island City, NY plant


  • Solid spruce top
  • Arched, laminated maple back
  • Maple sides


  • Set maple neck
  • Maple headstock with pearloid veneer
  • Epiphone banner logo on headstock
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Double dots at 7th & 12th frets
  • Bone nut
  • 25.5" scale


  • 1-ply pyralin body, neck & heel
  • 14-ply pyralin rosette


  • Celluloid pickguard
  • 3-per side platter tuners with brass worm gear
  • Ivory tuner buttons
  • Ebony bridge with bone saddle
  • Staggered maple bridge pins

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