Vintage Instruments: Gibson Guitars

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1967 Epiphone FT-110 Frontier

The FT-110 Frontier was Epiphone’s second-fanciest flat-top model during the 1960s. It featured sunburst finish on all sides, maple and spruce body, a western-motif rope and cactus pickguard, bound rosewood fingerboard with slotted block inlays, multi-layered body bindings, and gold hardware. There’s nothing quite like it in the Gibson catalogue, and the guitar offers a tone that’s unique among Gibson dreadnoughts thanks to its combination of features and long-scale neck.

This example is cosmetically at the top of the charts with an incredibly perfect original finish, and plays easily with nearly unworn frets and an action of 5-7 64ths at the 12th fret. It has a cleanly repaired top crack below the bridge, and another repaired crack by the bass-side of the fingerboard extension. The bridgeplate is a replacement, and bridge’s saddle slot has been filled and recut for a drop-in bone saddle. The guitar’s tone is remarkably good – with a big low end and a full mid-range that’s perfect for strumming. The maple back and sides impart a touch of sparkle in the highs and gives the guitar a little bit of extra touch-sensitivity – something that will be really appreciated by players who have a lighter pick attack.

The neck has a small C carve and a nut width of 1-9/16. 25.5” scale. Tuners are a set of no-mod repros, nut, frets, pins, pickguard, and bridge are original.

With its original hang-tag and original chipboard case

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