Epiphone 1962 'guitars, basses, amplifiers', page 14. Epiphone Bard (FT-112), Frontier (FT-110), Texan (FT-79) and Cortez (FT-45) acoustic guitars. (descriptions of the Frontier, Texan and Cortez appear on page 15). The Epiphone Bard was a brand new model, debuting in 1962, and making its first catalog appearance here. It was Epiphone's first twelve string model, described as follows:
A twelve string guitar favoured by folk singers, effective in combos and solo. The first three double strings are tuned in unison; the last three in octaves. Traditional jumbo size instrument with fine resonance, responds with big, round, full tone. Selected two-piece spruce top with multiple purfling. Honduras mahogany back and rim with attractive ivoroid binding. One-piece mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod. Rosewood fingerboard with pear Lois dot inlays. New 12 string pin-type bridge. Tortoise shell pickguard. Nickel-plated enclosed machine heads. Attractive jumbo-sized peghead.
Note the Bard was only listed here as available in Natural finish, though the other three models illustrated were available in Natural - as demonstrated by the Texan and Cortez; or Shaded (Sunburst) finish - as demonstrated by the Frontier.