When the Epiphone Deluxe was introduced in 1931, it was the most powerful archtop guitar of its day. The 16" L-5 initiated the race between Epiphone and major rival Gibson to see who could build the largest arch top. Epiphone won the loudness sweepstakes hands down, by increasing the scale length to the now more common 25.5", and possibly the larger body. This makes for one powerful tone machine. This example features stunning vine peg head inlays with the "Deluxe" banner displaying the "Masterbilt" logo. The ebony fretboard has fancy inlays as well. This guitar has been refinished ages ago, and is otherwise extremely clean, without cracks or repairs. With period Epiphone hard case.