Here’s a very cool 1954 Epiphone FT-210 Deluxe Cutaway. This was Epiphone’s competition to the Gibson J-200 and was actually 3/8″ wider at 17 3/8″ at the lower bout. This ladder braced, long scale flat-top featured flame Maple back and sides and beautiful inlays on the neck and headstock. The compensated Rosewood saddle would not have been my choice but is certainly an interesting addition by Epiphone.
This flat-top derives much of it’s construction and aesthetics from Epiphone’s line of archtop guitars. The arched back of laminated flame Maple lends a punchy response when plucked and strummed. The large, ladder braced top adds a dark and open timbre with medium volume.
The compensated Rosewood saddle attempts to improve intonation problems with straight saddles. This guitar currently needs a neck reset so I can’t remark how much it helps. Theoretically, the compensation is a good idea. The Rosewood, however, doesn’t seem to transfer vibrations to the top as well as a traditional bone saddle.
Do you have one of these that you would like to sell? I’m looking for another. Please email me about what you have for sale.