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Epiphone advertisement (1966)

Tasty Guitar

Epiphone Caiola

Mid-sixties Epiphone advert for the Caiola; a guitar named after, and produced for, Artist Al Caiola.

The sound of Al Caiola and his Epiphone guitar is that: tasty. Music played with taste - sensitive, exciting music that challenges the skills of the artist. Yet taste is more than knowing what to play, it is also knowing what not to play. It is that skill, among many others, that makes Al Caiola outstanding - a skill born of years of dedication to music. Years of dedication to being the best. On network staff, as a sideman for the stars, or on his own United Artist recording sessions, Al Caiola plays with taste, and with a skillfully controlled inventiveness that has won him the title of "guitar genius." And the demands that this man Al Caiola makes on his guitar make Epiphone a necessity.

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1966 Epiphone Texan FT-79N Natural

1966 Epiphone Texan FT-79N Natural

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3449

Up for sale is a 1966 Epiphone Texan FT-79N in its original natural finish. This guitar has been beat to within an inch of its life, and truly sounds fantastic! Factory heel stinger too! 1 9 / 16th nut width, Kluson double line tuners, original E pickguard. Lots of repaired / some not repaired top cracks, bridge has been re-glued and has two additional screws installed. The guitar has been refretted and areas of the fingerboard have been filled in. Lots and lots of wear, but no neck breaks. ... more
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Epiphone FT-145 Texan Made in Japan Vintage 1973

Epiphone FT-145 Texan Made in Japan Vintage 1973

Brookline, Massachusetts, 024**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$679

This Epiphone FT-145 Texan sounds as wonderful as it looks. It has a few dings, but is in excellent condition for its age. Made by the legendary Matsumoku factory in Japan, it was built in 1973.
This is an extremely well-made guitar. It has a natural spruce top, mahogany rims and back, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, an adjustable bridge, and chrome-plated hardware
Of special note: It has a heel-less bolt-on neck, so if it ever needs a neck reset, you can do it yourself!
An ... more
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1963 Epiphone Texan

1963 Epiphone Texan

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6495

SKU: EPA0267
1963 Epiphone Texan, Sunburst, Hard to find guitar, Tortoise pickguard, Adjustable bridge with White ceramic insert, Kluson tuners, Lovely sounding instrument, VG++, Cool vintage soft case... more
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1966 Epiphone Texan

1966 Epiphone Texan

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5595

1966 Epiphone Texan, Natural, Adjustable bridge with White Ceramic insert, Tortoise pickguard, Attractive instrument! Nice low action, Just like Paul??s, Very good plus condition, Newer Non original hard case, $5, 395
At Gary??s Classic Guitars we professionally clean, setup & pro pack for safe transit of your new guitar to your door! We would love to earn your business ??
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Epiphone Ft-30 Caballero 1960 bikini badge rare

Epiphone Ft-30 Caballero 1960 bikini badge rare

Altadena, California, 910**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

This is an incredibly rare one year only ??bikini badge?? Epiphone Ft-30 Caballero. The guitar was made at a transitional era for Gibson where it features a full Gibson neck and headstock with the Epiphone bikini badge on it!

The guitar just got a once over by my luthier and had a new bridge plate installed as the previous has become unglued. Everything else got a clean bill of health! The action is great and it sounds amazing. Comes with the original soft chipboard case and sales ... more
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1964 Epiphone Caballero Acoustic Guitar with Case, Style: FT30

1964 Epiphone Caballero Acoustic Guitar with Case, Style: FT30

Livonia, Michigan, 481**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

Original 1964 Epiphone Caballero, body is mahogany, rosewood fingerboard, imitation tortoise pick-guard, ebony bridge (i do have the original plastic bridge). With the original case. Size: L-00. The guitar is in excellent condition and it sounds great when played.... more
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Epiphone- Cortez FT45N GUITAR

Epiphone- Cortez FT45N GUITAR

Paramus, New Jersey, 076**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2295

Epiphone- Cortez FT45N. Condition is "Used " . A very valuable vintage guitar! Great sounding! Shipped with USPS First Class
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Epiphone Cortez FT 45 Fishman Pickup Ship World Wide

Epiphone Cortez FT 45 Fishman Pickup Ship World Wide

Port Clinton, Ohio, 434**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

I am selling an Epiphone Cortez FT 45 this is in good condition. This had new Gibson frets put on and a bone nut. This plays and sounds great. This comes with a Fishman sound hole pickup. Please understand * Buyer must contact us within 24 hours and pay for shipping, handling, and insurance. I ship world wide, but please understand shipping cost is for USA . There will be additional costs for international shipping. Please ask all questions if you have any concerns prior to bidding. PLEASE ... more
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1970s Epiphone ET-285 Electric Bass with OHSC - 3 Tone Burst - Vintage

1970s Epiphone ET-285 Electric Bass with OHSC - 3 Tone Burst - Vintage

Woodbury, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$900

1970s Epiphone ET-285 Electric Bass with OHSC - 3 Tone Burst - Vintage
For sale, a 1970s Epiphone ET-285 in very good vintage condition - functionality and playability are perfect whereas the cosmetic condition is pre-loved showing surface scratches and minor indentations. The original bridge pickup was swapped by the previous owner sometime ago, and was replaced with a now vintage Dimarzio J Bass Split Coil pickup. This pickup choice gives the bass even more of a nice well rounded sound ... more
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Epiphone J-200 EC Studio Acoustic Electric Guitar Black

Epiphone J-200 EC Studio Acoustic Electric Guitar Black

Howell, New Jersey, 077**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$475

Epiphone J-200 EC Studio Acoustic Electric Guitar Black. It's got a couple of cosmetic flaws. There's some scuffs on the headstock and some paint flaws in the binding. These are superficial and smooth to the touch. Aside from that, Its in very good condition with only light signs of use. There's no other significant damages or evidence of repairs
Let us know if you want a gigbag or hard case for this guitar. We've also got straps, cables, tuners, strings, and other accessories. Reach out ... more
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Epiphone J-200 EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Black

Epiphone J-200 EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Black

Middletown, New York, 109**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$448

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Epiphone FT-145 1970s Japan Acoustic Guitar

Epiphone FT-145 1970s Japan Acoustic Guitar

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$579

The Epiphone FT-145 is an acoustic guitar model that was manufactured in Japan during the 1970s. Epiphone is a brand that has a long history and is known for producing quality guitars
The FT-145 model is part of Epiphone's flat-top acoustic guitar line. It features a dreadnought body shape, which is known for its large size and bold, full sound. The top is made of solid spruce top and laminated mahogany back and sides
Also has a bolt on neck so that you can can adjust the action however ... more
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Epiphone FT-120 Acoustic Guitar

Epiphone FT-120 Acoustic Guitar

Brevard, North Carolina, 287**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$200

Epiphone FT-120 Acoustic Guitar.... more
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1951 Epiphone FT-110 Vintage Jumbo Acoustic Guitar w /  Case

1951 Epiphone FT-110 Vintage Jumbo Acoustic Guitar w / Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5000

Up for sale, a 1951 Epiphone FT-110 in excellent condition, professionally maintained and complete with the original hardshell case. One of very few pre-Gibson Epiphone models that surface for sale, this FT-110 is a premium jumbo model, made in Epiphone's New York factory. This vintage acoustic has received all the proper care it's due, with a professional neck reset, new nut and compensated bone saddle, and a new tortoise pickguard (original also included)
Tonewoods include an X-braced ... more
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Vtg Epiphone FT-145 Guitar Made in Japan *CRACKED HEAD For Parts See Description

Vtg Epiphone FT-145 Guitar Made in Japan *CRACKED HEAD For Parts See Description

Spartanburg, South Carolina, 293**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$175

Epiphone FT-145 Made in Japan Vintage blue label.

Pictures 11-18 show the cracked head / neck??but it is not all the way broken yet. Needs to be repaired. Something melted on the front as shown in pictures 11-18. A little chip on the front shown in pictures 11-18. Needs a good cleaning and some tlc. Buying as is with no returns
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Vintage Epiphone FT-150 Guitar

Vintage Epiphone FT-150 Guitar

Daleville, Alabama, 363**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$300

This is a Vintage Epiphone FT-150 Guitar
SELLS NOTE TO SELF: ND 10-31-2022... more
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Epiphone FT-90 El Dorado 1968

Epiphone FT-90 El Dorado 1968

Fort Myers, Florida, 339**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2400

Vintage guitar with original case. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or make an offer. Thank you
... more
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1970s Epiphone Model FT 134 Acoustic Guitar with Case - Made in Japan

1970s Epiphone Model FT 134 Acoustic Guitar with Case - Made in Japan

Jerseyville, Illinois, 620**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$295

1970s Epiphone Model FT 134 Acoustic Guitar with Case. It was made in Japan. From the serial number I believe it was made in 1972. It is in very nice condition for a 60 year old guitar.

Comes as pictured.

Shipping will be $35 in the lower 48 states.
... more
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Epiphone 1970 FT-150 Acoustic Electric Guitar All Original w /  New Locking Case

Epiphone 1970 FT-150 Acoustic Electric Guitar All Original w / New Locking Case

Hyattsville, Maryland, 207**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$550

This is a really great Epiphone FT-150 Acoustic Guitar from 1970 with a brand new locking Hardshell Case made by Gator. Really fantastic neck! In addition to having the mother of pearl in the headstock logo and in the pickguard letter E, it also has a block inlay at the first fret. This guitar also has an additional 21st fret at the headnut. This feature was rarely seen again after 1970 on any guitar. Everything is original and fully functional including the seriously vintage strap peg electric ... more
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Vintage Epiphone Zephyr DeLuxe Electric Guitar

Vintage Epiphone Zephyr DeLuxe Electric Guitar

Dobbs Ferry, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

For sale, a vintage Epiphone Zephyr DeLuxe hollow-body electric guitar. Based on the serial number (#75290) on the back of the headstock and on certain physical indicators (like the "E" on the pick guard), we are guessing this guitar is was made between 1944 and 1950. This guitar came from a very talented and discerning player who took great care of his collection, and features really nice action, and a full-bodied sound.
Other than the few cosmetic blemishes that can seen in the photos, ... more
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Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.