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#1 User is offline   Madboy76 

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 11:39 AM

Have this Epiphone FT-110N. Serial # looks like 1962. Anyone know what the "N" stands for? Also, anyone know if Grover tuners would've been original on these?
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Posted 02 February 2019 - 02:14 AM

N usually stands for a natural finish. As opposed to a sunburst finish. Or as it now is sometimes referred to as a VS or vintage sunburst finish.

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 11:46 AM

Thanks. This one has a brownish finish with what I'd call a Southwest style Rosetta.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 12:23 PM

More likely 1972 or thereabouts.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 12:26 PM

Serial # 436141. Does that fit the 1972 era production? It has a Kalamazoo label.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 12:31 PM

View PostMadboy76, on 04 February 2019 - 12:26 PM, said:

Serial # 436141. Does that fit the 1972 era production? It has a Kalamazoo label.



Here's a picture link

https://photos.app.g...komgwSS2HGfJwXA
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 02:19 PM

Is it an Epiphone FT110N Frontier? Or, just a FT110N. The original Epiphone Company (before it was bought by Gibson) made a FT110N. When Gibson bought Epiphone, circa 1958, they renamed it the Epiphone FT110N Frontier. FT110 Frontier’s were discontinued in 1970. Based on the looks of your guitar, it looks to me like it is the 1962 year model that you mention the serial number corresponds to, if it says Made in Kalamazoo, Michigan. But, it does look like the bridge is a replacement bridge if it’s a 1962 and it’s pickguard doesn’t seem to be the lengthy Frontier pickguard, so that might also be a replacement, although there were some years where a teardrop pickguard was standard. The front or back finish also seems to have possibly been modified??? The neck certainly looks standard stock Gibson-Epiphone from 1962’s era. It does not at all resemble an early 70s imported neck as the end of the neck by the body is straight (and the early 70s Japan made Epiphone neck ends always were not straight, but were rounded.)

Just my take on the guitar.

Interesting guitar. Where did you get it from? When?

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 03:22 PM

It is a frontier. I don't believe it ever has had a pickguard on it. The surface refinishing was done a few years ago as somebody had scratched it. My father bought this guitar in Illinois in a guitar shop in the mid-to-late 70s. It was used then.

Thanks for the info!
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 03:26 PM

Any idea if the Grover tuners would have been common from the factory at that time? I haven't seen a lot of those on this era guitar.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 05:33 PM

Unfortunately, I am not up very much on which tuners were used and when. Hopefully, someone else can answer your tuners question.

Looks like you have an interesting Kalamazoo made Epiphone with a bit of history to it. Sounds like your father did the right thing for you by buying it in the 70s.

How does it sound?

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 06:04 PM

View PostQuestionMark, on 04 February 2019 - 05:33 PM, said:

Unfortunately, I am not up very much on which tuners were used and when. Hopefully, someone else can answer your tuners question.

Looks like you have an interesting Kalamazoo made Epiphone with a bit of history to it. Sounds like your father did the right thing for you by buying it in the 70s.

How does it sound?

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 06:05 PM

It sounds fantastic. Only wish the neck was wider for playability.
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 03:25 PM

Some players like the 60s neck, some do not. I personally like it, although when I switch from one of my guitars with a wider neck to one with a 60s neck, the first day of playing the thinner 60s neck is a bit shocking, but then after a day I am used to it and find I like it a lot. A lot of it all is just getting used to what one is playing. Same thing when I switch between short scale and long scale necks, at first, without being accustomed to either, it feels a little strange, but that quickly goes away for me.

Just my experience.

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:03 AM

View PostQuestionMark, on 04 February 2019 - 05:33 PM, said:

Unfortunately, I am not up very much on which tuners were used and when. Hopefully, someone else can answer your tuners question.



If the same tuners were used on Epis as Gibson in the early to mid-1960s, the originals would be single line enclosed Kluson strip tuners. More than likely the guitars would have originally had tulip tuners.

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