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Epiphone advertisement (1965)

Portrait of Guitar Genius with Gifted Guitar

Epiphone Caiola

The first advertisement for the new Al Caiola guitars featuring the Al Caiola Custom. Caiola had been a Gibson endorser for some years, previously being pictured with the Epiphone Casino, but in 1963 his own signature model was released, being joined by a beautifully appointed 'Custom' model in 1966.

Another advertisement for the Caiola guitars would follow in 1966

Come on, now! it's not a Rubens... it's just a photograph of Al Caiola and his Epiphone guitar.
Okay! Anyone who has heard Al's incredibly beautiful sound and versatile stle say he's touched with genius.
I agree.
What? Epiphone guitars are gifted? Oh... they're gifted with superior quality. And that's why artists like Al Caiola use them. And less gifted guitar players who could use a little help should be playing Epiphones.

Epiphone advertisement (1965) Portrait of Guitar Genius with Gifted Guitar

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Epiphone FT-120 Made in Japan Acoustic SUPER COOL

Epiphone FT-120 Made in Japan Acoustic SUPER COOL

Spencerport, New York, 145**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for grabs:
Epiphone FT-120 Made in Japan Acoustic SUPER COOL
PLEASE ASK FIRST ABOUT INTL SHIPMENTS AND WE DO NOT LOWER VALUES. NEW Please inquire about international shipments before you buy, please! We cannot ship everywhere due to box size limits
All guitars ship insured FEDEX, international shipments must meet country specific size limitations and shipping constraints and we will not lower the value for customs and may not ship the same day,... more
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Epiphone Vintage FT-45N Cortez Acoustic Guitar - with case

Epiphone Vintage FT-45N Cortez Acoustic Guitar - with case

Whitehall, Wisconsin, 547**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Epiphone Vintage FT-45N Cortez Acoustic Guitar - with case. One of my favorite Guitars, wonderful tone and plays smoothly, especially after I had a professional Guitar company give it a refret and new strings (see the invoice in the pics as to what was all done) Has minimal varnish crack lines considering its an acoustic guitar from the mid 1960's, also has a small handful of nicks, mostly on the back, through the varnish only NOT through the wood body. Holds tune perfectly!The guy I got it from... more
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Epiphone made by Gibson US FT 79 texan 1962

Epiphone made by Gibson US FT 79 texan 1962

Douglas, Arizona, 856**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson began producing the FT-79 Texan immediately after the Epiphone buyout in 1957 by attaching leftover Epiphone necks to Gibson J-50 bodies. The result was essentially a long scale ... more
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Englewood, Colorado, 801**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very nice shape overall. Guitar is made in Japan

It does have some light scratching etc on the back I did my best to picture. This will be shipped using a guitar box from FedEx with plenty of packaging
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Epiphone Wilshire Electric Guitar Vintage 1970s Japan Rare Wrap Around Tailpiece

Epiphone Wilshire Electric Guitar Vintage 1970s Japan Rare Wrap Around Tailpiece

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1970s, Made In Japan
Epiphone Wilshire Electric Guitar
All Original With Exception Of 2 Knobs
More Rare Wrap Around Tailpiece
With Fender Deluxe Padded Gig Bag
PLEASE DO NOT mistake picture glare for flaws . If you think you're seeing something not mentioned in this listing, please ask!!
Please review all pics for the true cosmetic condition after reading this description
Here's The Run Down:
This is a Vintage Japanese Made 1970s Epiphone Wilshire Electric Guitar... more
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Epiphone USA FT-110 Frontier Aco / Ele - Antique Natural "Mint Condition"

Epiphone USA FT-110 Frontier Aco / Ele - Antique Natural "Mint Condition"

La Plata, Maryland, 206**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson?? manufactured the original Epiphone Frontier in its Kalamazoo factory from 1958 until 1970. Now the FT-110 Frontier is being made in the USA once again, and is proudly handcrafted in Bozeman, Montana, by Gibson??s finest acoustic luthiers. Featuring a solid Sitka spruce top and solid figured maple back and sides, Indian rosewood fretboard, traditional hand-scalloped X-bracing, gold-plated Gotoh Keystone tuners, the iconic "lariat and cactus" themed pickguard, and a 25 5?? scale length ... more
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Vintage 1970s Epiphone FT-150 Acoustic Guitar Neck ONLY Japan Made

Vintage 1970s Epiphone FT-150 Acoustic Guitar Neck ONLY Japan Made

Diamond Bar, California, 917**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1970s Epiphone FT-150 Acoustic Guitar Neck ONLY Japan Made. Condition is used / pre-owned. Please review and zoom in on all photos to see condition prior to purchasing. Guitar body not included and sticker shown for proof that it in fact came off this model. You are purchasing as is and all sales are final. Ships with USPS Ground.
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EPIPHONE Circa 1961-70 Olympic ELECTRIC Guitar w /  TREMOLO Whammy BAR Vintage USA

EPIPHONE Circa 1961-70 Olympic ELECTRIC Guitar w / TREMOLO Whammy BAR Vintage USA

Louisville, Kentucky, 402**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


HELLO, and WELCOME to kentuckyrebel'srock'n'rollheaven, where I've specialized in selling MUSIC MEMORABILIA for over TWENTY YEARS on eBAY (and MANY MORE YEARS in the outside world, long before the advent of online auctions)!
THANKS, too, for the interest in my music group's last CD, "LISTEN UP IT'S THE ECHOES " --free downloadable samples being AVAILABLE ONLINE at AllMusic and, of course, THE ECHOES OFFICIAL WEBSITE--and for the overwhelming response to our follow-up CD, "NOW HEAR THIS, " ... more
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Early 80s Epiphone 12 String Guitar Early 80s

Early 80s Epiphone 12 String Guitar Early 80s

Ossining, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Cool guitar. Neck is good! PayPal only, buyer pays shipping
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Three ultra rare, April 1961 Epiphone Coronet Solidbody Guitars. There were exactly 7 of these made before several model changes. These feature serial numbers in the 1xxxx range, the last of the Epiphone Pearl, (metal), headstock logos, 1960 Central lab pots with real Sprague bumble bees, slant NON comp bridge and most notably the two extra pick guard screws at the base of the neck. All 3 are equipped with Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard. I believe the Coronet with the Maestro Vibrato may be a ... more
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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


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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Used Epiphone FT-120 Acoustic Guitar

Used Epiphone FT-120 Acoustic Guitar

East Liverpool, Ohio, 439**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a used Epiphone FT-120 acoustic guitar in good condition. There are a couple of dings as shown in the photos but these do not affect the sound quality and playability of the instrument. This guitar is nice and comfortable to play at an affordable price for both beginners and those who are just looking for a nice acoustic to jam on.
Let us know if you need any more information about this item or any of our other products. As always you can get this product and many more for the lowest... more
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1962 Epiphone E452TD Sorrento Sunburst

1962 Epiphone E452TD Sorrento Sunburst

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I love this model!

It??s a 1962 Epiphone Sorrento. There??s lots to love here. First, this is a Gibson made Guitar. All Epiphones from the 1960s were made at the Kalamazoo factory by Gibson. The same people who made the 335s, Les Pauls, and other guitars we all highly prized were also making these Epiphone counterparts

This one is from the early part of the decade, when you still see a lot of the early features. So this one has the short, Gibson style ... more
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RARE 1958 Epiphone Gibson-Made Zephyr Regent Thinline E312T Electric - New York

RARE 1958 Epiphone Gibson-Made Zephyr Regent Thinline E312T Electric - New York

Lee's Summit, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1958 Epiphone E312T Zephyr Thinline w Original Case!
Here is a very rare and early Gibson-made Epiphone Zephyr Thinline from 1958. This is one of the first Epiphone's made by Gibson. Epiphone was acquired in mid-1957 by CMI Gibson and in the next year or so they began taking orders for the new models at the 1958 NAMM show. This guitar was made in 1958. It features mostly Epiphone parts including the New York pickups, white pointer (carousel) knobs, bikini logo The neck and body are the ... more
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North Haven, Connecticut, 064**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Epiphone FT-90 El Dorado 1968

Epiphone FT-90 El Dorado 1968

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


Vintage guitar with original case. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or make an offer. Thank you
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Epiphone Wilshire III- Japan 1980s Rare

Epiphone Wilshire III- Japan 1980's Rare

Pensacola, Florida, 325**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Epiphone Wilshire III- Japan 1980's Rare.
Epiphone Wilshire III S-Style, Made in Japan (Matsumoko). NO serial number. Has an early "Batwing" style headstock, circa 1980's
Please see last picture, as it is a scan of a 1980's Epiphone Japan catalog which clearly shows this model
The guitar is in surprisingly good condition for its age. It weighs in at a hefty 9 lbs, and has tone for days. Sounds amazing. The neck radius is a bit 'flat " , but allows for playing legato runs on the neck ... more
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Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Standard Limited Edition

Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Standard Limited Edition

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, 480**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Epiphone 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Limited Edition. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage.... 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


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 Guitar Ft 120 Japan

Vintage Epiphone Guitar Ft 120 Japan

Pueblo, Colorado, 810**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Old epiphone in as found as shown beat up condition. Lots of dings and scratches. Sold as is for repair or parts
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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

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1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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1959 Hofner Committee

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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

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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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional