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Epiphone Caballero acoustic guitar

1961 Guitars Basses Amplifiers catalog page 15

Epiphone 1961 full line catalog, page 15. This page pictures the Epiphone Caballero (FT30) flat top acoustic guitar, with descriptions of three guitars whose images appear on page 14: Epiphone Frontier (FT110), Epiphone Texan (FT79) and Epiphone Cortez (FT45).

The Caballero was Epiphone's least expensive acoustic guitar, and also their best selling. It is described as follows:

The perfect flat top for having fun with the guitar-strumming as you stroll, for playing voice accompaniment. Students enjoy it; teachers recommend it; and Epiphone quality at this low price makes it exceptional. Made with a full-size satin-finish mahogany body… a fast, low action mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod… rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Fingering is easy, the action is easy, and the tone full and round with a deep bass quality.

1961 Epiphone full line catalog page 15:  Caballero, Frontier, Texan and Cortez flat top acoustic guitars
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Epiphone Frontier U S.A. (Model F-110) - Excellent

Epiphone Frontier U S.A. (Model F-110) - Excellent

North Hollywood, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


2021 Epiphone Frontier U S.A. made in Gibson Bozeman, MT Custom Shop in excellent condition (Model FT-110) Under Saddle Pickup: LR Baggs VTC. I am moving overseas and thinning the herd. I am asking a very decent price. This is an outstanding guitar with OHSC. New owner will not be disappointed
Epiphone Specs
Body Style: Square Shoulder
Body Shape: Dove
Body MaterialL: Solid Figured Maple
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Back: Solid Figured Maple
Sides: Solid Figured Maple
Bracing:... 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


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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1970s Epiphone FT-130 Caballero Made in Japan Acoustic - Bolt-On!

1970's Epiphone FT-130 Caballero Made in Japan Acoustic - Bolt-On!

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Epiphone by Norlin FT-130 Caballero with Original Chip Case (Rare)
Serial Number: 775543
Spruce top
Rosewood back and sides
Mahogany neck
All original
Welcome to Guitar Apothecary, where passion meets curation in the world of exclusive guitar collection. As connoisseurs of craftsmanship and tone, we pride ourselves on offering a curated selection of the finest and most exclusive guitars available anywhere
At Guitar Apothecary, we understand that a guitar is more than just ... more
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Vintage 1969 Epiphone Caballero Small Acoustic Natural

Vintage 1969 Epiphone Caballero Small Acoustic Natural



Vintage original 1969 Epiphone Caballero in a rare and original Natural Spruce top
Made in the USA by Gibson
These were usually all mahogany guitars, but this one features a Spruce top. Makes for a brighter, more resonant sound
Neck angle is good and playability is superb. A good low action and no buzz or issues
Guitar is very clean with little signs of wear
A killer little small bodied vintage Gibson acoustic for a decent price
Comes with original case, too
Guitar ... more
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1966 Epiphone Texan FT-79N Natural

1966 Epiphone Texan FT-79N Natural

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


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 Vintage 1973 For Parts Only

Epiphone FT-145 Texan Vintage 1973 For Parts Only

Houston, Texas, 770**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a vintage Epiphone FT-145 Texan from 1973, perfect for those who enjoy restoring guitars. It is a right-handed, acoustic dreadnought guitar made of spruce, rosewood, and mahogany. The guitar has 20 frets and a brown body color.

The guitar is being sold for parts only, but it has the potential to be a great project for anyone looking to restore a vintage instrument. The guitar has a rich history, having been manufactured in Japan, and is perfect for collectors or enthusiasts. ... more
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1966 Epiphone FT-45N Cortez Vintage X Braced Acoustic Guitar Gibson-Made, B-25N

1966 Epiphone FT-45N Cortez Vintage X Braced Acoustic Guitar Gibson-Made, B-25N

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


Up for sale, a 1966 Epiphone Cortez FT-45N in exceptional, crack-free condition and in perfect working order. Crafted by Gibson in their Kalamazoo, MI factory, this is a particularly clean and well cared for example of the FT-45N Cortez. Essentially the same guitar as Gibson's B-25N yet with a different headstock shape and pickguard, the Cortez boasts X-braced construction and delivers a powerful sound. Offering a tonal depth and projection that belies the body size, this Epiphone is very ... more
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Epiphone Masterbilt Texan Acoustic Guitar in Faded Cherry

Epiphone Masterbilt Texan Acoustic Guitar in Faded Cherry

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


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1972 Epiphone Ft-145 Texan Acoustic Guitar

1972 Epiphone Ft-145 Texan Acoustic Guitar

Dearborn Heights, Michigan, 481**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Incredible tone on this gorgeous 1970's Texan. She sounds fantastic with brand new Martin Acoustic Strings. She is 50+ years old. There are marks bumps and bruises throughout her body(please examine photos closely on a good screen). I will ship the same business day in an age appropriate hard case
... more
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Epiphone FT-145 Texan Acoustic Guitar - Made in Japan - With Case

Epiphone FT-145 Texan Acoustic Guitar - Made in Japan - With Case

Athens, Georgia, 306**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very good condition FT-145, no issues!
No issue with tuners, nut, bridge, etc
Will be packed and shipped professionally and promptly
A Signature will be required for delivery, this helps prevent theft
Guitar Stand Not Included
No International ShippingNo Shipping to Hawaii or Alaska... more
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Vintage 1967 Epiphone FT-79 Texan Flat Top Acoustic! Made n USA!

Vintage 1967 Epiphone FT-79 Texan Flat Top Acoustic! Made n USA!

Ewing, Virginia, 242**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a vintage 1967 Epiphone Texan flat top acoustic guitar. It has a sunburst finish body color and a dreadnought body type. The guitar has 20 frets, a spruce top with mahogany back and sides, and a mahogany neck material with a rosewood fretboard material.

This professional-level guitar has a 6 string configuration and is right-handed. The model is the Epiphone FT-79 Texan Flat Top Acoustic Guitar from the Vintage series. It was made in the United States and is a 4 / 4 size. ... more
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Epiphone FT-30 Caballero Brown Natural 6-String 20-Fret Acoustic Guitar 4495

Epiphone FT-30 Caballero Brown Natural 6-String 20-Fret Acoustic Guitar 4495

Saint Cloud, Minnesota, 563**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Brand: Epiphone Type: Acoustic GuitarNumber of Frets: 20Model: FT-30 CaballeroString Configuration: 6 StringBody Material: MahoganyHandedness: Right handedBody Color: Brown NaturalFretboard Material: RosewoodNeck Material: Mahogany Features :
Epiphone FT-30 Caballero Brown Natural 6-String 20-Fret Acoustic Guitar 4495 What's ... more
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1970s Epiphone FT-130 Caballero Sunburst Made in Japan Acoustic - Bolt-On!

1970's Epiphone FT-130 Caballero Sunburst Made in Japan Acoustic - Bolt-On!

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage Epiphone FT-130 Caballero acoustic guitar from the 1970s is a true gem. Made in Japan, it boasts a beautiful sunburst body color and a bolt-on construction. This right-handed 6-string guitar features a rosewood fretboard and comes from the esteemed Epiphone brand. The FT-130 Caballero is part of the series of acoustic guitars that are perfect for any level of musician. It has been well-maintained and is in excellent playing condition. This guitar is a must-have for any collector or ... more
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Epiphone Inspired By 1964 Texan Acoustic Guitar FT-79 Spruce & Mahogany Sunburst

Epiphone Inspired By 1964 Texan Acoustic Guitar FT-79 Spruce & Mahogany Sunburst

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This stunning Epiphone Inspired By 1964 Texan FT-79 acoustic electric guitar is a must-have for any serious musician. With a solid spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides, this guitar is built for rich, full sound. The 20-fret fingerboard is smooth and easy to play, making this guitar a joy to own. Perfect for both practice and performance, this guitar is a great choice for anyone looking for a high-quality instrument. The natural body color and sunburst finish add a touch of elegance and ... more
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1965 Epiphone Texan Vintage Acoustic Guitar

1965 Epiphone Texan Vintage Acoustic Guitar

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


1965 Epiphone Texan, Natural finish, Thin tortoise guardwith ??E?? logo, Original Kluson tuners, Stunning clean guitar, Similar to Paul??s, EC+, Clean original Grey hard case
... more
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Epiphone FT45N Cortez vintage acoustic guitar in Natural made in USA 1963  /  case

Epiphone FT45N Cortez vintage acoustic guitar in Natural made in USA 1963 / case

Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Epiphone FT45N Cortez vintage acoustic guitar in Natural made in USA 1963 in excellent condition with hard case

This vintage near-collectors grade guitar is on consignment at our shop in Portland ,
its a great example of the early 1960s Epiphone craftsmanship in USA .
The epiphone Cortez was similar to the Gibson B-25 at the time when
Gibson purchased epiphone in 1957 .
It may show a few nicks , dings and mild scratches in the finish , one scuff on the side finish shown... more
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1965 Epiphone Texan Acoustic Guitar

1965 Epiphone Texan Acoustic Guitar

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


1965 Epiphone Texan, Natural Spruce top, Rosewoodfingerboard, Nice player, Ceramic white insert, Fine sounding, Wonderfulguitar, VG++, hard case
... more
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Epiphone Texan acoustic guitar. Collectors item. Original owner and c

Epiphone Texan acoustic guitar. Collectors item. Original owner and c

Hemet, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


'64 Gibson Epiphone Texan acoustic guitar. Collectors item. Original owner and case. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage.... more
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1961 Epiphone Texan Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Sunburst, Jim Root-Owned

1961 Epiphone Texan Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Sunburst, Jim Root-Owned

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


Up for sale, a 1961 Epiphone Texan FT-79 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Unlike the various reissue models, this is a genuine vintage Texan, manufactured by Gibson in the USA at their Kalamazoo factory and crafted right alongside Gibson's J-45, with identical body dimensions. This model is arguably most famous for its appearance in the hands of Paul McCartney on the Ed Sullivan show, playing ??Yesterday ?? This early ... 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


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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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

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.