1 Nick45 3 weeks ago So. I’ve been really interested in the new Epiphone archtops since they were announced but I hadn’t had the chance to try one out and there are few decent reviews at this stage. Visiting the family for Christmas, I decided to drive down to Cologne and see if the ‘Music Store’ had any in stock. They did! Deluxe, Zenith and the Olympic. I owned a 1960 Zenith for a few years and never bonded with it so my main focus lay on the Olympic for its tininess and the Deluxe. I played both and, while the Olympic has a really unique tone (think Dave Rawlings, obviously), I couldn’t really see myself using it much. The Deluxe, however, I bonded with really quickly. I tried both the round sound hole and the F-hole versions, both are absolutely delightful, but the round hole version is too close to a dreadnaught sound-wise, so I couldn’t really justify getting that one. I already have an indecent number of guitars for someone who doesn’t play out anymore. So, I really liked the F-hole Deluxe and while I probably would’ve preferred getting the blonde (it has a really beautiful honey tint to it), the sunburst that I played sounded great, even with the thin (.12s if that) phosphor bronze strings. I’ve since restrung it with .13 Monels and it has more mids as a result, which is a good thing for an archtop. I might see if .14s improve the sound even more eventually. I’m a happy camper! I really love the tone, it’s more balanced than most lower end acoustic archtops (Godin, Gretsch [sorry!]) and it’s a very well built instrument indeed. Finish is great and the appointments are neat: slightly off-white/aged looking binding, reissue old-time tuners, which look interesting and seem to do the job well. I’m really in love with the neck as it’s fat, which is really good for someone whom God gave paddles for hands. The Gretsch New Yorker (is that the archtop they recently reissued?) also has a nice fat neck but it has a pronounced V shape; the Epiphone’s neck is a rounder baseball bat neck.