1936 Epiphone Electar Hawiian Guitar

My 1935 Electrophone represents the birth of Epiphone’s electric line – not just their first electric model, but a prototype thereof. This 1936 Electar Hawaiian Guitar is another representative of that model, but from toward the end of its production run. The nameplate and the change to a rosewood fingerboard are entirely cosmetic, but the redesigned pickup coil and the addition of a tone control can be heard in the sound of the instrument. 

A 1935 brochure describes the Electar Hawiian, Spanish and Tenor models with their accompanying amplifier. This Hawaiian specimen listed for $85 plus $15 for a case – more expensive than the competition from Gibson or Rickenbacker. A 7th string was available for $10 more. This steel is entirely original save for the felt padding on the back. It retains its original case, a chopped-down version of the enormous carrying cases sold to hold the steel and amplifier in one box.

 

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