1965 Epiphone FT-90 El Dorado with rim stinger

John Shults

Posted on June 09 2020

Epiphone FT90 El Dorado acoustic guitar vintage 1965


This vintage 1965 Epiphone FT-90 El Dorado acoustic guitar with large pickguard came through the shop a few years ago. It features the large 16" body with square shoulders. I'm always a vintage Epiphone guitar buyer but I especially love the 1960s El Dorado guitars with large pickguard. Please contact me here to sell a vintage Epiphone guitar

Check out another vintage 1960s Epiphone guitar that came through the shop: vintage 1964 Epiphone FT-90 El Dorado acoustic guitar.

Gibson's line of Epiphone branded acoustic guitars gained a new model in 1963: the FT-90 El Dorado. The FT-90 was essentially a long scale Hummingbird with an attractive long pickguard, natural finish (also available on the Hummingbird in '63), and trapezoid fretboard inlays. Like the FT-110 Frontier, the El Dorado's cool aesthetic changed in late 1965 and it lost its cool large pickguard.

This clean, early 1965 Epiphone FT-90 El Dorado has just come from the original owner in its original case. Ken played this guitar in a group for about a year in 1967 before finding success in business instead of music. He assured me that the alligator chipboard case, more common to 1950s Gibson acoustics, is the case that he left the store with in 1967. The El Dorado is in immaculate condition with very little playing wear. The rim stinger is a rare feature that's common to Gibson guitars in 1965 (check out our 1965 Epiphone FT-79 with the same stinger). It is in all original condition with no repairs or replaced parts (new strings). It's got that deep rumbly Americana tone that the pre-1965 Gibson guitars are known for. We're including a proper hard case with the sale since the chipboard case may not protect the guitar in shipping (edit: sold!). 

Vintage Epiphone acoustic guitar 1960s large pickguard

E pickguard letter, epsilon, Epiphone El Dorado 1960s

Vintage Epiphone acoustic guitar 1965 El Dorado

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vintage 1960s Epiphone El Dorado acoustic guitar

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