1965 Epiphone FT-90 El Dorado Pro Setup Hardshell Case

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Today, Lawman Guitars is Presenting..

A beautiful all original 1965 Epiphone FT-90 El Dorado Guitar. Comes with a non original Hardshell Case to protect it.

This guitar is really cool. No breaks or cracks anywhere. The only malady I can find is the original owner decided to glue the E from his pickguard to the top…See pic 4…I’ll let the new owner decide what to do about that. Should not be a big job or just leave it alone as its probably been on there forever!

We had the guitar completely checked out and setup. The Bridge was slightly raised at one corner so I spent the dough to have it reglued properly. Its not going anywhere now. New 12’s make this guitar really sing. I have a 1966 Epiphone Texan and this guitar keeps up with it. Awesome sound that cuts right through. Much louder than any of my Gibson J45’s!

It still has the original nut and frets. The frets are in really good shape. Its been played...there is some finger divots in the top 3 frets. Non of which effect play at all...Really good playing guitar. No sore fingers with this one!

Really cool finish crazing on this one to indicate the original nitro finish. Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides with no maladies to discuss. Just honest player wear and some dings…Just the glued E on the top..LOL…

Heres what Reverb has to say about these cool guitars..

The FT-90 El Dorado was one of a series of Gibson-like Epiphone flattops produced in Kalamazoo following the Gibson purchase of Epiphone in the late '50s. The El Dorado was made with Mahogany back and sides and split parallelogram inlays.

Body Style: Square shoulder dreadnought

Years of Production: 1963 – 1970

Heres some other useful info …

The Eldorado was Epiphone's equivalent to the Gibson Country-Western model, just above the more celebrated Texan flat-top in the line. It is a square shouldered Dreadnought with a mahogany body and multi-bound spruce top, with a simple tortoise celluloid pickguard. The mahogany neck features a rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlay and the slimmer nut width common to 1965-69 Gibson made guitars. The Eldorado is an oft-overlooked model, one of the nicer Epiphone flat-tops of the 1960's.

Guitar Specs…

The Epiphone Version of the Gibson Hummingbird

This lightweight flat-top acoustic guitar weighs just 4 lbs 6 ozs  and has a nut width of just over 1 9/16 inches and a long scale length of 25 1/2 inches. Square-shouldered dreadnought shape with two-piece laminated spruce top, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, and bound rosewood fretboard with 20 frets and inlaid pearl single parallelogram position markers. Seven-ply binding on top (white/black/white/black/white/black/white) and and three-ply binding (white/black/white) on back. Two soundhole rings in groups of seven (white/black/white/black/white/black/white) and three (white/black/white). Headstock with inlaid pearl "Epiphone" script logo and pearl vertical oval inlay. Epiphone stylized "E" logo on truss-rod cover. Individual Kluson Deluxe tuners with oval metal buttons. Tortoiseshell pickguard. Rosewood bridge ("belly below bridge" design) with adjustable saddle and two pearl dots.

This guitar plays and sings like you would expect from a mid 1960’s Kalamazoo made guitar. I have chased this guitar a long time and finally got it. My lucky customer that gets this guitar will be very happy!

The non original Hardshell Case is in very good shape. Appears to be from the 1970’s. I am guessing the original softshell case gave up and the better case was then purchased. Its been in this case a long time. It will ship with the guitar. Much safer than a soft case anyway!

Sold as-is no returns as its vintage and used, however, I have been hand picking my customers guitars for over 17 years now and they have all loved the instruments I find. This beautiful Epiphone will certainly not be an exception.

Thanks for checking out our guitars.

Mike at Lawman Guitars

 

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