1963 Epiphone FT-110 Frontier
Posted on May 13 2021
This vintage 1963 Epiphone FT-110 Frontier acoustic guitar with engraved cactus and lariat pickguard came through the shop a few years ago. I'm always a vintage Epiphone guitar collector and buyer, but I'm especially looking to buy Epiphone Frontier guitars made in the late 1950s and 1960s. You can contact me here to sell a vintage Epiphone guitar.
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 ever made. In 1962 they introduced the Gibson version of this guitar and called it the Dove because of the fancy pickguard. The Dove was made from this exact template but with a different bridge design and headstock shape. In 1963, the Frontier received a fancy pickguard with a lariat and cactus motif. The Frontier was produced with the cacti and lariat pickguard and the wide nut for a very short time period in 1963 - this is one of those guitars.
I'm always looking for nice examples of vintage Epiphone acoustic guitars but I especially love the FT-110 Frontier model. I love the way they look, sound, and feel. You can contact me here to sell a vintage Epiphone guitar.
The short headstock 1963 Epiphone Frontier is the most desirable FT-110 because of the rare combination of the wide nut (1 11/16") and the cacti and lariat pickguard. Gibson produced the Frontier with this rare combination of features for only part of the year. This was also the only time period where the pickguard was applied before the lacquer was shot. This Frontier needs absolutely nothing and plays great as is. She’s set up nicely with a straight neck and medium to low action. Repairs include a neck reset, reglued bridge, fret dress and small glued crack next to the pickguard. There is some wear on the fretboard in the cowboy chord area but it does not affect the player's experience. The original tuning keys are in working order but some of the buttons have shrunk. I've installed new, perfect reproduction tuners that match the number of rings and the Kluson lines on the back correctly. This will be a fine guitar for many years to come.