Up for sale, a 1967 Epiphone Frontier FT110 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A long gestating restoration here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this rare, upscale vintage Epiphone was made in the USA at Gibson's Kalamazoo, MI factory. This guitar has been re-topped courtesy of Portland Fretworks and outfitted with a premium Frontier pickguard from Fox Guitars.
As the Texan was analogous to the J-45 in Gibson's lineup, the Frontier was Epiphone's Western-inspired spin on the upscale Dove platform. With its square shoulder dreadnought body, solid maple back and sides, and X-braced Sitka spruce top, the Frontier has a broad, clear tone with the clarity of maple on full display. Offering the perfect balance of articulation and warmth, the trebles are sparkling and punchy, while the wound strings have both a booming kick and percussive cut. The guitar weighs 4lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings, easy-playing action, and accurate intonation.
The mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, quickly gaining appreciable shoulder and overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. On the Brazilian rosewood fretboard, the original medium jumbo frets have Gibson’s fairly flat fret dress of the era, showing only very faint wear on the crowns of frets 1-3 beneath the plain strings. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale, and unlike most Gibson dreadnoughts with a shorter (24 3/4") scale, the increased tension on the top provided by the original string length yields additional projection and power. The original nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock features modern gold Kluson Deluxe double line tuners that perfectly match the footprint and aesthetics of the original gears. The Epiphone inlay on the headstock face has a spot of glue on top of the "E."
The guitar was retopped flawlessly with correct multi-ply binding and soundhole rosette, all done via Portland Fretworks. A new rosewood belly up bridge was also carved in the traditional fashion, fitted with a tall, carved and compensated bone saddle. The original blue rectangular serialized Epiphone label is intact and visible through the soundhole.
The top was expertly finished by Riggio Custom Guitars in a distinctive Sunburst exclusive to Epiphone in this era, almost two-tone in its appearance yet with a more vibrant ambered center. The top finish has broad lacquer checking, matching the original Walnut nitro lacquer gloss on the back, sides and neck. There was also a split across the neck heel and a patched piece of mahogany, flawlessly oversprayed and invisible to the eye and hand. The back and sides are crack-free save for one small repaired split adjacent to the neck heel on the bass side. The neck retains its smooth nitro gloss on the profile, free of palm wear with only a few minor marks on the profile length.
A modern hardshell case is included.