This is an instrument from a period when Epiphone made superlative guitars and banjos. Note the unique early example of cutaway design allowing access to the extreme upper register. These guitars actually have a very slight arch in the top although they have a flat top-style glued bridge and viewed casually they look much like a regular flat top. The pressed laminated backs also have a shallow arch to them. The peghead shows banjo design influence and carries banjo-style planetary gear tuning machines.