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1994 Epiphone Frontier FT110 Limited Edition '63 Vintage Reissue Dreadnought, Gibson USA-made w/ Case & Tags, Yamano


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Up for sale, a 1994 Epiphone Frontier FT110 Limited Edition ‘63 vintage reissue in exceptional condition, complete with the original hardshell case and factory documentation. This early recreation of a 1963-65 Frontier was crafted at the Gibson factory in Bozeman, MT; according to guitar guru George Gruhn, while the run was planned to feature 350 pieces, only 30 were ever produced. As such, this is among the rarest Gibson/Epiphone reissues of the last few decades, with vintage spec features including correct headstock inlay placement, notched block inlay, cactus-and-rope pickguard, upper-belly bridge, Gibson Deluxe nickel-plated tuners, and gloss nitro lacquer finish. This particular Frontier (#12 of 30/350) was ordered by Gibson's Japanese distributor Yamano, and Gibson's USA-made guitars distributed via Yamano are often considered among their best, featuring the highest quality woods hand-picked for Gibson's discerning Japanese audience.

This square shoulder dreadnought features an X-braced Sitka spruce top, flame maple back and sides, a one-piece mahogany neck, and bound Indian rosewood fingerboard. This Frontier has a broad, clear tone, balancing articulation and warmth. The trebles are sparkling and punchy, while the wound strings have both a booming kick and percussive cut. The string-to-string balance is very impressive, and the instrument is a very satisfying strummer with tons of projection. Weighing 4lbs 8oz, this Frontier has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 bronze strings and easy-playing action.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: Modified soft V, ideal heft, measuring .830” 1st fret, .920” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Bound Indian rosewood, notched block inlay
-Frets: Slender, light wear beneath the B and High E strings on frets 1-4
-Scale Length: 25 1/2”
-Nut: 1 3/4”
-Tuners: Gibson Deluxe double-line, greened keystone buttons

Body Specs:

-Wood: Sitka spruce top, flame maple back/sides
-Bracing: X-braced
-Bridge: Indian rosewood, tall saddle
-Plastics: One-ply dark tortoise pickguard with cactus-and-rope silkscreen
-Serialization Blue rectangular Epiphone label (#12 of 350)

The gloss nitro lacquer finish exhibits subtle vertical checking in a select few areas, and the dark walnut finish on the back and rims has just enough transparency to showcase curly flame figuring. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few light scuffs and minor marks on the back, and subtle stand rash on the profile carve just forward of the heel. There is also a cleanly doweled forward strap button hole on the neck heel.

The original Epiphone-branded black tolex hardshell case with purple plush interior is included, along with the Gibson/Yamano manual and Gibson-branded factory checklist.