1963 Epiphone Frontier – £2999
SOLD 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 pickguard design. The Dove was made from this exact template but with a different bridge design and headstock shape. In 1963, the Frontier received a really distinctive 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. Together with the short headstock, this 1963 Epiphone Frontier is the most desirable FT-110. This example is in a natural finish, also a rare find. The guitar is in good, well played condition with a couple of repaired top cracks. The neck feels easy in the hand and the action is very comfortable. Tonally is has a distinctive thump to the bass with a real sparkle in the mids and trebles. It’s a joy to play. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.