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Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar  (Open Box)
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Beautiful and versatile!

From its beautifully inlaid headstock to its Frequensator tailpiece, the Epiphone Broadway is built to rock under the bright lights. When the show is over, it's right at home layin' down cool jazz tones in after-hours clubs. The guitar features a laminated maple body with a select spruce top; maple neck with a rosewood fretboard; body, neck, and headstock binding; f-holes; 2 humbuckers, each with their own volume and tone controls; a 3-way selector switch; and gold hardware.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Laminated maple body
  • Select spruce top
  • Maple neck with rosewood fretboard
  • Body, neck, and headstock binding
  • f-holes
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • Two humbuckers
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • Three-way selector switch
  • Gold hardware

This one's a gem. Order today.

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EpiphoneBroadway Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 33 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (8)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Give My Regards To Broadway

I have long admired the classic good looks of the Epiphone Broadway. On the other hand, I'm a dyed in the wool single coil addict.
But, I'm very happy with this...Read complete review

I have long admired the classic good looks of the Epiphone Broadway. On the other hand, I'm a dyed in the wool single coil addict.
But, I'm very happy with this Broadway. The humbuckers are really good. Lots of gain and full sounding. The neck isn't skinny. It feels good to me and I have big hands. The Broadway is typically described as a "jazz guitar", but it's capable of more. After removing a little bass from my usual Blues Jr III settings, I have a sound that suits classic country and rockabilly just fine. Things like Mystery Train, Matchbox, Hey Good Lookin', That's Alright Mama, etc, really rip. (I do miss a Bigsby.) This guitar is also very loud when played unplugged. Much louder than any Gretsch hollow body I own. The guitar comes strung with Gibson Brite Wire .11's. I like them. I'm sure the guitar would take on a whole new personality if strung with flatwounds.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beautiful is only skin deep.

Have been playing for 10 + yrs. Love the warm, sweet tone of those pickups and the gorgeous, classic look. Bought it 1 1/2 years ago from M.F. and had to...Read complete review

Have been playing for 10 + yrs. Love the warm, sweet tone of those pickups and the gorgeous, classic look. Bought it 1 1/2 years ago from M.F. and had to get the frets completely redone so it would play w/out the buzz and having to do the Gorilla grip on it. If I had it to do over, I would not get the guitar. Gibson and Epiphone need to get their act together. I know I could have sent it back, but I always wanted one for it's beauty. My DeArmond jazz box was much better it just came out of the box as it should be. Anyone want a great looking Broadway with a new fret job?

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(19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Broadway Review

By RayP

from Central MA.

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Value
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues
    • Solo Finger Style Jazz

    Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

    Been playing professionally for over 35 years, currently own 16 guitars of various makes. (Gibson, Fender, Taylor, Epiphone/Epi Elitist) Bought an Emperor Regent a few years ago (just before Gibson discontinued them). Fantastic guitar

    I had been looking for another archtop with more sonic capabilities than the Regent with the single humbucker, so I purchased a Broadway a few weeks ago. After a few weeks, I can say with out reservations, very pleased with this guitar.

    In comparison to the Regent, playing wise it is very comparable as one would expect, (same body/neck). The Regent pickup has a significantly higher output than the dual humbuckers in Broadway.

    Build quality on this guitar is solid, with only a very small area where the binding near the cutaway seems to have been fit a bit sloppy.

    Neck / Fret job very good, no high frets visible, action was set very well. No buzzing, no dead spots, with the right amount of relief for me out of the box.

    Nut was a bit tight on the treble strings, easily remedied with some fine grit sandpaper and some Big Bends Nut Sauce.

    Pickups have good articulation and tone, all hardware solid with no issues at all.

    Intonation as per factory setting was very close, but some minor adjustments needed during the first string change.

    Tone of the guitar is very well suited for Jazz, and Blues and it is more resistant to feedback than is the Regent so I am finding you can use this in higher volume settings.

    Guitar ships with Gibson L5 .11 gauge strings. In my opinion flat wounds are a far more appropriate suited string set for these guitars.

    Case is not included, the Epi Advanced Jumbo Case is the right case to order.

    My only real issue was with the shipping. I paid additional for 2 day air to avoid the weekend sitting at UPS.

    Even though I was assured the package would arrive on a Friday, it didn't in fact show up till the following Monday.

    Also the packing job was just totally inept, I was amazed there was no damage during the freight to my house. I did write Musicians Friend a note on this, and I did get a response.

    In Summary, anyone looking to add a nice archtop to their collection and can't justify or afford what a Gibson USA comparable guitar would cost , I would look no further. The Broadway is a great guitar for the price point.

    (15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone Broadway for Singer/Songwriters too!

    By BroadwayRocks

    from Portland, Maine

    Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

    Unlike most folks who are considering this guitar, I am not a jazzbo. I play roots rock music with a four piece band. This guitar sounds absolutely great in that context. Kudos to MF for their excellent job packaging the instrument. It came in perfect shape. The guitar came with 11s and sounded great but I through 10s on it and it sounded and played even better. You will have to adjust the setup so expect that (I had to slide the bridge to the left so it was properly lined up with the pickups and fretboard). The construction on the unit is awesome. Much better than I expected. It plays very consistently across the entire fretboard and the frequensator tailpiece really makes all strings sound equally present. Don't worry about the floating bridge moving on you. I only have 10s on the guitar and its not moving anywhere. Overall, I am very happy with the guitar and would recommend it to anyone.

    (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    You can not go wrong

    By Khing Dheano

    from Dallas, Texas

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    Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

    A great jazz box. If you are looking for screaming rock, this is not your guitar. This one has a beautiful warm and woody tone. I've got 13s on mine (I have 6 jazz hollowbodies, and I use either 12s or 13s). If the house were on fire, I'd make a special effort to grab this as I get out.
    Only prob was a sliver of wood hanging from below the neck, where joined to the body. That's it!
    For the money I paid, for a brand-new (2010) axe, I could not have done better. My guitar-playing friends are all drooling....

    (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful Guitar

    By Preston Parker

    from Ohio

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    Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

    Recently took delivery of an Epiphone Broadway. Beautiful guitar right out of the box. Nice finish, no flaws. Sounds wonderful, at a fraction of the price of a Gibson. If shopping for an archtop, don't let the lower price fool you. Headstock looks fantastic. Get a Broadway, you'll love it.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Made the right choice

    By Viking

    from Texas

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    Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

    After putting my hands all over this this beatiful jazzbox, I turned on my amp, plugged it in and listened to the warm, full bodied, mellow notes of this instrument. Oh yeah, this will do! It's easy to play right out of the box.
    As with all of the instruments I purchase, I researched this one well before I ordered it. It lives up to it's heritage and it's name Broadway. It's a big guitar but doesn't feel that way while playing. The only thing that's hard to do is put it away. I'm very happy to own it.
    This guitar has all the bells and whistles I want.
    Great looks! I gave this thing a totally thourough inspection and it passed with honors.
    At a fraction of the cost of it's cousin the Gibson, this is worth more than every cent I paid for it.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Don't be afraid to rock with the Broadway

    By FrankMarinoFan454

    from Highland, IL

    Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

    I've been learning and experimenting for about 30 years. I currently own 10 guitars, and this one rounds out my collection. Fit and finish are very good. The stock Epi pickups can produce a variety of tones, from smooth jazz to a perfect mid 70's Nugent. I experiment with jazz, but my true love is that 70's rock. This guitar is a blast for that! Yes, it feeds back, but that can be loads of fun. I've had it for 6 months, and my only regret is not buying it sooner. Personally, my favorite string set is the Gibson L-5 .012. This set allows anything from a mellow clean tone to a nice crunch with a little gain. So stop reading about this guitar and go try one out. You'll not be disappointed.

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Broadway is a solid hollow

    By Webberm3

    from Lansing, MI

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    Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

    I've played this one at music college for four years now and am yet to be disappointed. Sure, I've done a LOT of setting up and changing string guages, but this guitar has survived all of it. I had the frets dressed when I purchased it (because most mass-luthiers don't) but other than that very little work has been needed. Pickups have a unique sound i like a lot. Tuners can handle REALLY heavy strings (.014-.060) which is nice for jazz. This thing has helped me earn a degree in jazz studies, and I'll let that speak for itself.The gold hardware has faded a little with time, but I also rest my hand on the pickups, which may have something to do with it. Also, the neck is VERY affected by the outside climate and humidity. KEEP ON THE ACTION or your guitar will become unplayable.

    (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    ON BROADWAY..YEAH BABY

    By El Lobo

    from El Loco

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

    this guitar arrived needing a setup, although the sticker says it is 'setup' in the usa .it is not...mine had a big dip in the neck...and had curls of plastic hanging off the nut where the slots were cut...no set up...i took care of the problems...
    first thing to do is...get rid of the bridge or at least the wooden top of the bridge...i replaced mine with a rocking bar bridge and used the original bottom..huge difference in sound..and playing action...much louder acoustically too..

    i play fingerstyle solo guitar..jazzy old tunes...i dont play or even know hard jazz...i would call my style easy listening...i like it...old tunes like Stardust, Crazy, I'm confessin, Blue Moon, Yesterday, Day in the Life, etc...i use a lot of bossa nova rhythm and lonnie johnson style 8th note melody lines..and some octave stuff too..and some slow Django tunes...playing solo you have to adapt to a sorta half rhythm and half melody style,,
    this guitar is just superb for that style,,

    i tried 13 to 56 gauge ghs strings...but they are just too big for this guitar...i couldnt finger chords well on upper frets...finally settled on daddaro 11-46 strings...with plain 18 3rd string...i got the neck dead straight..with the truss rod tool..
    i cleaned out the nut slots...and i played the guitar a lot...and after about 4 days i noticed the guitar just played better and better...like it had been asleep...
    i also changed the pickups...to a good brand...cant mention brands apparently on here..but they are A2 alnico..sounds fabulous and full sounding and very vintage now....the Grover tuners are a great bonus..stays right in tune..although i think it would benfit from a well cut bone or Delrin nut..

    i love this guitar now...,it has the easiest action of any 17 inch 25 1/2 scale archtop i have ever seen...it is a joy to play now..and sounds full-on professional..nice fret work..smooth..

    get one..set it up...give it a few days to get it together..i saved big by buying one of the 'used' ones on here....looked brand new to me.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A solid axe

    By Trekkin Mama

    from Cthattanooga, TN

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    Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

    My pie-in-the-sky guitar has always been a vintage Guild Artist Award from the early 1960's. My late teacher played one for all of the 12 years I studied with him, and I decided one day, I would have one. But now, I figure because of their rarity and price, I'll probably never own one. I had decided to settle for a Joe Pass Emperor, which is a great axe. That is until I played this baby! It's the closest I've ever come to the Guild Artist Award! The sound is not quite a 5.0 because if the Humbuckers. But other than that, it is so close, it would be difficult to tell the difference! I even like this Broadway better, because I have relatively small hands, and the neck on this baby is smaller than the Guild A-A. Pay 10 Grand for the Guild A-A? I don't think so! Not with this Broadway around!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Seriously?!

    By bobkalka

    from austin, texas

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Great looks
    • The Jazz Tone

    Cons

    • Ok Pickups

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

    Have been playing 36 years, and wanted a jazz box for a big band gig I recently joined. Had considered everything from a 339/335/sheraton to ibanez to godin to going big with Gibson USA...played most of these...and completely fell in love with this one. Why?
    1) it gets THE jazz tone, although it took lowering the neck vol to 3.5 and tone to 8.5 to find it
    2) i can't stop looking at it - GORGEOUS fit and finish...i've heard over the years that the Epis that are original models (vs. Gibson copies) are actually great guitars, and this random sample certainly supports this assertion
    3) the price is so cheap for what you get! I have a bunch of other axes - Gibson, Fender, PRS, Yamaha, Ovation, Cordoba, Spector...and none of them delivers this price/performance (other than maybe the Gibson Les Paul Premier :-))
    4) it feels right.

    My one critique is that I'm still not sold on the Epi Alnico Classic pickups...have replaced these on other Epi's I've had, and I'm eyeing some Gibson Custom 57s for this eventually.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Give My Regards To Broadway

    By Rockabillybob

    from Missouri

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Country Jazz Rockabilly

      Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

      I have long admired the classic good looks of the Epiphone Broadway. On the other hand, I'm a dyed in the wool single coil addict.
      But, I'm very happy with this Broadway. The humbuckers are really good. Lots of gain and full sounding. The neck isn't skinny. It feels good to me and I have big hands. The Broadway is typically described as a "jazz guitar", but it's capable of more. After removing a little bass from my usual Blues Jr III settings, I have a sound that suits classic country and rockabilly just fine. Things like Mystery Train, Matchbox, Hey Good Lookin', That's Alright Mama, etc, really rip. (I do miss a Bigsby.) This guitar is also very loud when played unplugged. Much louder than any Gretsch hollow body I own. The guitar comes strung with Gibson Brite Wire .11's. I like them. I'm sure the guitar would take on a whole new personality if strung with flatwounds.

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Epiphone Brodway, a "Jazz standard"

      By Crust

      from Brockton, MA

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

        The Epiphone Broadway has been in production since 1931, and for a very good reason...It is simply a great electric guitar. The latest ones being produced (1914)are simply put, beautiful and fine sounding/"playing" instruments. 80 years says something about these...great guitar.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Guitar.

        By FONTAINE25.

        from Richmond, VA

        Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

        I just purchased this guitar a few days ago and all I can say is that I am in love. The guitar has a smooth tone much like the higher priced Gibson jazz-style models. The action is fast. The finish is beautiful. It's well worth the price, and I bought it for a lower price than it is found for on here. I love it.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awsome Axe

        By Happy Pappy

        from Navarre Oh

        Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

        I love this axe, I've dreamed of owning a hollowbody since I was 12. I ran onto a sweet scratch and dent sell. A one inch crack in the polyurathine coating (not the maple top) Let me have this beaut. I am putting a Deluxe Thick body Trapeze Tailpice on it, a tune-o-matic Bridge for archtops and eventually aset of Gibson 490T Origanal Humbuckers Gold. I still only have the sweetiest axe I ever dreamed of OH I love that sound!!!!

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Unique Instrument

        By Spanky-.8J1N

        from Asheville, NC

        Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

        I've owned this instrument for about 5 years; I had it set up by a competent tech, who adjusted the bridge and dressed the frets. I use light gauge flats to play jazz and blues, and this guitar rivals the higher-priced Gibsons for tone and playability. It may be that Epi's quality is inconsistent, but if so, then I got one of the good ones. The Broadway is unique to Epiphone, with a heritage going back to the '30s. I even like the "frequensator" tailpiece, even though it makes it a little harder to find strings. Get a good one and have it properly set up, and you won't be sorry.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Guitar

        By Annonymous-Ihxf6

        from Minnesota

        Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

        I will soon own this Guitar, but have played it many times. I play in two jazz bands and this was exactly what I was looking for. It has a wonderful mellow sound. It is very clean and doesn't ned a lot of adjustments at all. Excellent tuners (grover). I was amazed that this guitar rivailed every one I tried, even some Gibsons that were close to it and all hi end Ibanez Hollow bodies I tried. My friend had recommended to me the Empire Regent (Epiphone), however the tone was much better on this one, even with out the floating pick up. I was very surprised because I was told that the Empire Regent would sound even better, but it really sounded, almost bad, compared to this one. The only reason I gave it a 4.5 on the features, was bcause it only has just the standard Epiphone twin Humbuckers, nothing really speacial, but let me tell you, they still make it sound AMAZING with this guitar. This is a fantastic guitar, and the price it is at it is even better. Fantastic! If you are looking for a jazz guitar, this is a great one.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        TONE Machine

        By bobkalka

        from austin, texas

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

          Was looking for a jazz box for a big band gig, and wasn't getting a deep and mellow enough tone from a 339. Picked this up, and...WOW...gorgeous to look at in the studio, looks even better on stage, comfy to play, and has THE TONE*. I add the asterisk because the stock p'ups are typical Epi** - functional but kinda plain. I gave this 4 stars b/c I had to put in Gibson Classic '57s to get THE TONE.

          (** - the Epi ProBuckers are actually quite good)

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Broadway is better than I'd hoped for!

          By Scooter is mine, the Broadway is Judith

          from Orlando, FL

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          Pros

          • Easy to play
          • Epiphone is First Class
          • Fun To Play
          • Pickups are warm & sweet
          • Responsive to dynamics
          • Top Quality Build

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gigging or Touring
            • Jazz or Blues
            • Recording

            Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

            I'm 61 years young and have played guitar for 47 years. I've been singing since I was 5 years, and writing for about 40 years (over 200 songs ready to record). This is the first true archtop Hollowbody I've owned since I sold my Gretsch White Falcon in 1986. The Broadway is a wonderful guitar. The last few years I've fallen into a Jazz mode, and this axe is just what I was looking for. But she is also great for Blues and Rock. She responds well to picking dynamics, both plectrum and fingerpicking. I don't gig or tour as much as I used to, because I find myself writing more, and recording more in my self-built Home Studio. Will release my first Album/CD in January 2016.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Stands out amongst most

            By bobkalka

            from Georgetown/Austin TX

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • World-class, "stately" look

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Jazz
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

            I have over a dozen axes, but needed that distinct jazz box tone for a big band that I joined near Austin TX. After researching everything I could find up to $4K, I fell in love with this one, originally due to the price, color, shape (including the soft horn) and drop-dead gorgeous headstock inlay, and then due to the playability and unmistakable tone. It makes ZERO sense how inexpensive this guitar is. My only critique (and reason for 4 stars) is that the Epi 'buckers are still uninspiring (other than the new ProBuckers, which aren't in this model), so I put in a pair of Gibson Classic '57s, and it is tone perfection. By the way, if you play anything overdriven on this, you'll have the funnest 'fun with feedback' experience ever...and I mean that in a good way; it's on the edge of feedback constantly, yet controllable.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            On Broadway

            By Alchemy220

            from Colorado

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

              I own, and have owned many guitars. I work with a local music store to help advertise their instruments. When a Broadway came in on consignment, I was blown away at how well these guitars are crafted. I'm comparing this guitar to Gibson's and Guild's I've played, worked on and set up. I picked up an Epiphone Sheraton about 11 years ago and it is still my number 1 after owning high end Les Pauls and Strats. This Broadway made its way into my collection and I'm hooked. It came with flat wounds that I'm really trying to get used to, though I much prefer the tone Elixir's bring and will be switching them out. The setup is great, but I removed the pick guard for better playability. To me, it was set too high and got in my way. Mine is a 2001 model and was taken care of. Not a scratch on the guitar or the case. Lucky me.

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