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  1. If I was a betting man I'd say you have a 6732E which is what they were called when they first came along in 1971. 6732E was the model number that Aria used on their version of the guitar and the initial Epiphone model was actually an Aria guitar with some superficial changes such as to the headstock. Both guitars were made by Matsumoku and in 1972 the Epiphone nomenclature was changed to FT-130. The guitar is a Grand Auditorium (000)-sized) all laminated mahogany body/spruce top/rosewood fret board guitar as i said, made by Matsumoku in Japan from 1971- ~1980. It had a bolt-on mahogany(?) neck and was the entry model of Epiphone's first Japanese imports. As i also said, it started out about 1969 as an Aria model but the design was also used by Epiphone with some changes. If I recall they listed for $99.99 and streeted for ~$79.99 in 1971. That's about all I can think of at present. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. Accurately dating them is near to impossible but that appears to have the blue "Kalamazoo label" so it was made between 1971 and 1976. After 1976 Epiphone's business offices moved to Lincolnwood, Illinois and they changed the label to a more square white label that said "Another quality product from Norlin-Lincolnwood, Illinois.
  2. Looks to be a 1990 Terada (Japan) made standard Casino. To verify this remove the tune-a-matic bridge and if it says "Japan" there you go.
  3. No question about it. Your Casino is a standard production 1990 Terada.. My serial number is 65783...6=1996 5= standard Casino 783= production sequence.
  4. I've been getting a lot of notifications on Face Book about this model which is currently on sale at Sweetwater for $219 and I was wondering if anyone has bought one or has other insight to the model. I am very much a realist and have extremely small expectations but what say you? Is it a decent little sofa guitar I can strum on while watching TV or take out on the boat or to the beach or maybe camping? Is the sound respectable or thin and tinny? I'm just very curious because I didn't really buy myself anything for Christmas and this fits the bill price-wise and although I need another acoustic guitar like I need a STD it looks like it might be fun. Good or bad? Let's hear ya.
  5. I have this guitar but mine was a Christmas present in 1971 and one of the first Matsumoku-made Japanese imports so its model number is 6830E. It's down in my basement and hasn't been played in a very long time but remains an object of sentimentality. Strings-wise you might try some Martins or Ernie Ball Earthwoods in 12-53 gauge. Ernie Ball makes what they call "custom lights" with are 11-53 (I think). The lighter gauge/less tension might be kinder on your guitar since these do have a proclivity to having the neck pocket collapse from drying out after years of being subjected to changing environmental conditions. Good luck.
  6. 6732E was a model number used on Aria guitars 1969-1971 that were re-branded and sold as Epiphones when the first wave of imports appeared c. very late1970. Between 1970 and 1971 this was sold as an Epiphone model. In 1972 the 6732 became the FT-120. The FT-120 stuck around until about 1979. These instruments were completely laminated "000" bodies and were made by Matsumoku in Japan (Never in Kalamazoo). Today their valuation is ~$125-$150 condition dependent.
  7. I think I used to know this guy...
  8. There was also a limited run of USA Texans in 1993/1994 though they bore little similarity to the original or the later reissues for that matter For what I think the USA Texans will street for I might be inclined to go with a second hand (Gibson) Advanced Jumbo. Truth be told I haven't been impressed with what Gibson is flogging as their "modern" acoustics and I have a feeling the USA Epiphones will follow this trend. Gibson does in deed like to fire everyone up with these blasts from the past and get everyone's hopes up but at the end of the day it always ends up being pretty much same old same old nothing burger. We shall see. I already own a '66 and a 2018 Indonesian reissue that I've been quite pleased with so I'm not likely to be one of their prospective buyers but you never know.. Remember: Gibson isn't going to get too close with the minutiae of the reissues for the unwashed masses because they're always looking ahead to selling a very close clone for stupid money to the fanatics with fat wallets.
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  10. Judging by bridge, headstock logo and other details it's a Samick-made (Korean) model made between 1989 and 1994.
  11. I don't like pickguards on ES guitars (They cause static electrical interference).
  12. That's fine except what are the "true" Kalamazoo specs since over the course of the Kalamazoo era (1957-1970) there were many changes in "specs" such as nut width, bracing size and pattern, hardware used (nickel or chrome?), electronics used to say nothing of the myriad changes in the horn/body shape of models like the Crestwood and Coronet to say nothing of the amount of changes the Epiphone head stock itself under went. To me the best solution would be to keep the specs that were specific to the model year/era the particular Epiphone model is representing with guitars that were originally Kalamazoo Epiphone models and with the Gibson models that the Epiphone models are an impression of should remain clearly different and distinctive to the actual for the reasons of the Gibson consumer being entitled to the distinctive Gibson model differences and material and manufacturing improvements. It also males it more difficult for the unscrupulous to pass off the lower priced guitar as something worth significantly more to someone less informed. As I'm sure you know at the point in time when Epiphone began more universal distribution of their product lines with more accuracy in design and features Matsumoku was making a pretty accurate line of Japanese Domestic product as well as a re-badged line of Aria instruments. In about 1983 Samick began Korea production which by 1985 included a Sheraton model as did the JDM and Aria lines. Initally they used a different head stock shape and logo to make the distinction eventually using only a different head stock. In 1993/1994 they had a short run of American (Nashville-made) Sheratons and Riviera (et al) utilizing the Kalamazoo headstock so for a short while there were Japanese, USA and Korea Sheratons and Rivieras in the market place and with only small differences such as the clipped corner Sheraton headstock and the full sized hum bucker routs and minute differences in the cut away horn shape. Just a few years after that the AIUSA lines came along and added even more chaos to the party. I believe this is why there has to be differences and distinctions. If the basic premise of the model is there along with the intrinsic function and basic design I don't it needs to be an exact clone and if someone pays for a particular guitar to be a more exacting impression of something they should receive that without someone else getting it for free. For the most part, regardless of brand, Gibson, Epiphone, Fender whatever the "distinctive original" features that are desired were things that were changed or discontinued were changed or discontinued as a result of cost cutting or manufacturing methods so ultimately to make guitars "like they used to" is going to price some instruments out of reach for some. I can only speak for myself but I think I'd prefer having a guitar that isn't quite an exact clone of something to being required to pay considerable more for features that don't improve the function but only make the guitar more expensive through the inclusion of non-essential and superficial cosmetic differences.
  13. I've been coming to this forum going on about twenty years and thinking back to my early visits the Gibson V. Epiphone debate was as heated and ubiquitous then as it is now. And now, as it was then I'm certain there's no resolution. I ask myself: "why would anyone want Gibson to drop the Epiphone name and have a single brand?"The most obvious reason would be to be able to own a "Gibson" for the price of an "Epiphone" but in order for it to be an actual "Gibson" the cost cutting measures that allow for an Epiphone to be in the market place at its price point would have to be instituted and the resulting instrument wouldn't be close to the Gibson in terms of materials and manufacturing quality. Simply putting a head stock shape and logo on an Epiphone isn't going to magically turn it into a Gibson. The consumer who walks into the music shop with the intention of buying an actual Gibson and all that goes into it being an actual Gibson isn't going to go for having the brand diminished in such a manner. Agree or disagree with the concept, the cost of having the craftsmanship, higher grade materials and wood and even the, nitro finish is something the potential Gibson customer has accepted when he (or she) is reaching into their wallet. To them the head stock shape and brand are going to be representative of the expectation of that product, not that I agree with that always being the case. In the past thirty years Epiphone has been instrumental (lol...see what I did there?) in transforming the guitar industry through bringing a high quality, high utility, aesthetically pleasing guitar at a reasonable price point but it's not, and will never be a Gibson. It's not even what some of us old geezers see as an Epiphone. I think it's a great disservice to the brand when people want to change the minutiae so that it appears to be something else other than what it is. The cosmetic and superficial changes I've most seen asked to be changed speak more to the insecurities of the owners rather than to any deficiencies in the guitar. The head stock shape and brand have zero influence on the guitar's play ability, tone, utility or intrinsic quality. I drive a Buick Regal and I'd love it if I could get an Aston Martin DB 10 for the same cost but that's not reality and like the Gibson costing a lot more than the Epiphone there are reasons it does. The Gibson owner has made the commitment and investment and should be entitled to have those features that set it apart. The Epiphone instruments are nothing to be ashamed of, in fact they're pride-worthy guitars. I own both. I'm not ashamed of the Epiphones and I don't think I'm special because I have the Gibsons. I'm currently seeking out an Epiphone FT-79 Texan to replace one I've had since 1966 that is now on the verge of giving up the ghost. With no reflection upon the owners of said guitars or their choices, the Inspired By line doesn't do it for me so I'm left with two choices, a Kalamazoo vintage model or a Japanese Elitist. The Elitist is going to be about half what the vintage is going to cost but my intention is to use and actually play the guitar not stick it in a cabinet to look at. To pay stupid money for a fine vintage instrument and then schlep it around exposing it to wear and tear or maybe even theft is just wrong. In this case the economy route is the smart and more practical route. I'm certain the Elitist is going to be different in some ways to the Kalamazoo but not different in ways that matter and at the end of the day it's going to be a solid mahogany, long scale, AJ bodied acoustic with none of the prestige of a vintage Texan but I'm not buying it for prestige I'm buying it as a guitar. I've ranted and rambled quite enough. My point is accept and appreciate what the guitar is and don't try to make it something it isnt.
  14. I happen to see on the Epiphone web page that there's a "Limited Edition" 1964 Elitist Texan. I'm aware that there was one in the early 2000s but the information seems to suggest this is a new and current offering but I've seen no other information elsewhere. I'm at the exploratory stage of replacing my close friend of fifty two years and was actually looking for a vintage Kalamazoo Texan but since this is going to be a player I could be more than happy with a contemporary Elitist. The one at the Epiphone page is advertised as having solid rims and a nitro finish albeit it it does have the old adjustable bridge. I'm not interested in the "Inspired By" or whatever it is but I am curious about the Elitist model and whether it is in deed a current offering and the list price. Thanx in advance for any info you can give me.
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