Zephyr Mandolin

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1939-40 Epiphone Electar Logo
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The Zephyr Mandolin was part of the Electar Zephyr range of instruments including the Zephyr Banjo, Electar Zephyr Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar , Zephyr Archtop Guitar and Zephyr Amplifier. This line of instruments was available in "complete outfits" or "starter packs" as we know them today. These outfits typically included the instrument, case, amplifier and a cord. Zephyr amplifers were available in AC or AC-DC models.

Like its guitar counterpart, the Zephyr Mandolin was outfitted with an Epiphone Master pickup and a Mastervoicer control. It also sported the metal "Bikini" logo plate, as did the rest of the Zephyr series at the time.

The Electar Zephyr Mandolin retailed for $100.00 in 1939 The Zephyr Mandolin AC outfit retailed for $189, while the AC-DC outfit cost $204.50.

See Also: Zephyr Series


Epiphone Zephyr Mandolin
1939 Epiphone Zephyr Mandolin
  • 1939-1954
  • Model ME11 & ME12 (1950-1954)


  • Curly maple top with f-holes
  • Maple back & sides


  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • Metal logo plate


  • Body & neck pyralin binding


  • Epiphone Master pickup
  • Epiphone Mastervoicer tone control


  • Tortoise shell pickguard
  • White carousel knobs
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge & base
  • Mandolin tailepiece


  • Blonde (ME11)
  • Sunburst (ME12)

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