1965 Epiphone FT-79 Texan

1965 Epiphone FT-79 Texan

From the 1961 Epiphone catalog: "Texan: A jumbo flat-top guitar with booming voice, fine response, a fast-action neck, and many more fine features, exceptional at its popular price. Made with selected Spruce top for finest resonance, Mahogany back and rims, Mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod, Rosewood fingerboard with distinctive…
1965 Epiphone FT-79 Texan

1965 Epiphone FT-79 Texan

The Epiphone FT-79 model made quite a transition when the Gibson company purchased Epiphone in 1957. The FT-79 had previously been made with a long scale neck and a peanut shaped body with an arched back. The Gibson acquisition meant that many of the half finished parts from the old…
1966 Epiphone FT-79 Texan

1966 Epiphone FT-79 Texan

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 (25.5") J-45 with powerful yet sweet Gibson slope shoulder tone. When the New York made Epiphone laminate necks started running out,…
1963 Epiphone FT-110 Frontier Wide Nut

1963 Epiphone FT-110 Frontier Wide Nut

When Gibson purchased Epiphone in 1957 there was already a line of great flat-top guitars in place. The FT-110 featured Maple back and sides and Gibson gave it the name “Frontier”. They changed the entire body shape to a square shouldered 16 1/4″ wide dreadnought – the first Gibson had…
1958 Epiphone FT-79 Texan

1958 Epiphone FT-79 Texan

The Epiphone FT-79 model made quite a transition when the Gibson company purchased Epiphone in 1957. The FT-79 had previously been made with a long scale neck and a peanut shaped body with an arched back. The Gibson acquisition meant that many of the half finished parts from the old…
1964 Epiphone FT-79 Texan with original case and hang tag

1964 Epiphone FT-79 Texan with original case and hang tag

The Epiphone FT-79 model made quite a transition when the Gibson company purchased Epiphone in 1957. The FT-79 had previously been made with a long scale neck and a peanut shaped body with an arched back. The Gibson acquisition meant that many of the half finished parts from the old…
1967 Epiphone FT-110 Frontier

1967 Epiphone FT-110 Frontier

When Gibson purchased Epiphone in 1957 there was already a line of great flat-top guitars in place. The FT-110 featured Maple back and sides and Gibson wanted to keep it that way for this model designation but gave it the name "Frontier". They also changed the entire body shape to…
1963 Epiphone FT-45 Cortez

1963 Epiphone FT-45 Cortez

When Gibson purchased Epiphone in 1957 there was already a line of great flat-top guitars in place. The folks at Gibson integrated the two lines to feature the same structural makeup with different cosmetics for each brand. The FT-45 became the FT-45 Cortez which was based off of Gibson's LG-2…
1930 Epiphone Model 0

1930 Epiphone Model 0

Pre-Gibson Epiphone flat-top guitars are often described as "rare as hen's teeth." I count my blessings every day to have been able to find this one. The numbered series preceded the Recording series which had model letters A-D. This series received numbers 0-4, at least 4 is the highest number…