Glen Campbell's Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent

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Glen Campbell's Epiphone Zephyr De Luxe Regent Tailpiece

Postby jay » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:33 pm

"I'll Be Me" has some old 8mm footage of Glen and the Epiphone. It is interesting to note that the tailpiece for that guitar seemed to transition with time.

In 1937, a radical new tailpiece called the Frequensator, was introduced by Epiphone. The idea behind the design was to provide compensation between the treble and bass strings, and the word “frequensator” was a contraction of the words “frequency” and “compensator”. The Frequensator consisted of two separate extensions of unequal lengths; a shorter one of 2,5 inch for the bass strings and a longer one of 5,75 inch for the treble strings. All higher-end acoustic and electric archtops were equipped with the Frequensator tailpiece – designed by Epiphone employee Herb Sunshine.

Although the Zephyr was built for about 9-10 years, the "Regent" model only ran for about 4 of those years (1950-1954). The Zephyr line transitioned through 3 models, probably lasting about 10 years from the late 40's to the late 50's. It appears that the tailpiece never changed, regardless of the model produced. Here is a beautiful example of what it looked like:

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Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Frequensator Tailpiece
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During the time Glen used his Epiphone Zephyr De Luxe, it appears to have a Bigsby for the tailpiece, which was invented by Paul Bigsby around 1952. We have no idea who transitioned the Epiphone to the Bigsby, or when this occured, but it had to be at a time that was close to when the tailpiece hit the market. Here is a picture of a '54 Bigsby:

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1954 Bigsby
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And here are some early pictures of Glen with his Zephyr DeLuxe:

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Glen with the Western Wranglers in Albuquerque
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Glen with the Epiphone Zephyr in 1959
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Glen Campbell with his Epiphone Zephyr
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Towards the end of Glen's career, the Campbell family brought the Epiphone out for several photo sessions with Glen. The tailpiece has been replaced with a 40's model Gibson raised diamond motif tailpiece used on the L7 and ES-300. ((Note how Glen slanted the pickup, most likely to get the sharpest treble response, from neck pickup))

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Glen with his Epiphone Zephyr
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Gibson raised diamond motif tailpiece on Epiphone
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The Epiphone being "refreshed" with a clearer view of the diamond tailpiece
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Here is a Gibson 1940'41 ES300 with, what appears to be, the same tailpiece that we see on Glen's Epiphone in the most recent pictures.
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Gibson 1940'41 ES300 w/ raised diamond motif tailpiece
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Re: Glen Campbell's Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent

Postby Bluebird » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:25 am

8:21 pm?

Now, that is some detail there! You have done an awesome job with this guitar info section, Jay. Many thanks to you for your work and research.

This is undoubtedly the guitar Glen has owned the longest, at least 62 years which is pretty amazing when you think of it.

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Re: Glen Campbell's Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent

Postby jay » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:01 pm

Dee wrote:With regard to the date of this photograph, my best guess is sometime during the first half of 2013.
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Dee, the picture was taken April 11, 2013 at 8:21pm
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Re: Glen Campbell's Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent

Postby Dee » Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:50 pm

Glen is pictured here with his Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent.
This photo is a screen capture from a music video created for "Funny How Time Slips Away", recorded by Glen and Willie Nelson for 'Adios'.
With regard to the date of this photograph, my best guess is sometime during the first half of 2013.
About one year after this picture was taken, in April 2014, this Epiphone was on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Glen & Zepher at Riverside Park Ballroom in Phoenix Arizona

Postby jay » Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:50 pm

Here are some great pictures of Glen with the Epiphone Zephyr at the Riverside Park Ballroom in Phoenix, Arizona. The year...1959 or 1960...most likely. Thanks to Cowpoke and Dee for contributing these for this thread.
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Re: Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent

Postby jay » Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:02 am

Probably one of the last pictures of Glen with the Epiphone, before it went to the HOF.

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Glen and Kim with Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent
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Re: Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent

Postby Mike Joyce » Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:23 am

Yes I see what you are saying. Good point. It's in the wrong time frame in relation to the period of the guitar.
It would be like displaying a model T ford with a sat nav stuck on the windscreen.
Having said that, when I see those picks it reminds me of the couple of times when I was given a few of the picks while I was talking to Jeff Dayton while he was still on the stage. I had mentioned I took up the guitar because of Glen and Jeff asked the drummer to give me some of the picks they had in a box. I will always remember that with great fondness. Jeff is a great guy.
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Re: Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent

Postby Dee » Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:04 pm

Thanks for this info, Mike. I really appreciate it. Maybe this is the guitar that Glen adjusted the pickup on?
The pick? Well, it looks contemporary to me...especially with Glen's signature on it and the red color. Do you think he would have used a pick like this one in the 50s and early 60s?
Maybe I am just being "picky", but I would have liked to have seen an authentic pick of Glen's from the 50s with the Epi. ;)
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Re: Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent

Postby Mike Joyce » Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:33 pm

Not wishing to jump in ahead of Jay, but you are right Dee, those blocks are the pickups. As the strings vibrate they cause a change in the magnetic field in the pickup which is converted into an electric signal which is then fed to the ammp to make it louder. I am sure I recall reading that Glen did adjust a pickup on one of his early guitars to improve the high end sound quality. I think you said that Jay?.
Dee, what was your issue with the guitar pick?
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Re: Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent

Postby Dee » Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:47 pm

This post is in response to Jay's note about whether this guitar was cleaned up prior to its display at this year's Glen Campbell special exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. It didn't appear to have been cleaned up. I believe I read that this guitar along with the other items on display had been donated by the Campbells in January of 2014 to the museum. The exhibition opened about three months later and was only a temporary one, perhaps rushed to open to coincide with the premiere of "I'll Be Me" in Nashville in April. This short time period probably didn't give the museum sufficient time to clean up this guitar or the others on display (the Hamer Glen Campbell model 12-string electric guitar particularly had noticeable dust on it).

The Epi's condition appeared to be fragile in my opinion. I am posting a photo here of the headstock. You can see that the black coating (paint?) is peeling and lifting. The mother-of-pearl inlay (?), however, is in fairly decent condition. The tuners appear to be clean, what do you think?

(It didn't seem appropriate to display the red GC guitar pick on this guitar, in my opinion, but maybe Glen used it with this guitar.)

You know what I find interesting about this particular guitar? I have seen most of the photos posted here of Glen. However, I never realized that in addition to Glen, there was "a common thread" among all of these photos--that thread being the Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent -- with and without a leather jacket! As they say, if only this guitar could talk; the stories it could tell! Also, Jay, you made a great point about this guitar remaining special to Glen for over 50 years -- not only did the Epi remain in Glen's collection of guitars, as you pointed out, but it is in the forefront of the photo of Glen with his guitars (in Malibu) and Glen is also pictured with it for the I'll Be Me photo shoots. (When I see this latter photo now, it strikes me that Glen is wearing the leather jacket in the I'll Be Me photo--not the guitar.) [smile]

Regarding this topic, Individual Guitars Glen Has Played, it's been fascinating to read and view! Jay, thank you so much for all the work and time you have put into it. I am learning a lot of information that I never knew; learning about Glen's guitars is helping me to learn more about Glen, the musician.

Two questions: the buckle looking pieces on the front of the guitar's body: are these pieces what you call the pickups? Is the top one broken or perhaps loose? It is at an angle in comparison to the lower one.

Thanks again!
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