Mid '60s Epiphone Cortez Parlor Acoustic
Here we have a mid '60s vintage Epiphone 00 style acoustic that is dripping with character and personality. We are not positive as to its model, because the label has been damaged and is no longer legible, but it appears to be an FT 45 Cortez. Whatever the model, this guitar was played to the moon and back, with fretboard wear at the 1st fret and numerous repaired cracks on the top. The four vertical lines are definitely repairs, but the horizontal line is an imperfection in the wood. It has also been completely stripped of its original lacquer and refinished, and it has lost its pickguard in the process. The headstock is missing its truss rod cover and the tuners are missing their bushings, and finally, the bridge is lifting a bit but is secured with screws, and the saddle is made of rosewood. It is also worth noting that this guitar is a factory second, though for what reason we are not sure, though our in-house luthier suspects that it is the horizontal line mentioned above. Despite all those issues, this guitar has a definite charm and mojo to it. The sound is surprisingly open and warm with plenty of high-end clarity for an all around balanced sound. The neck has some relief and some dip at the heel, so the sound can be a bit gritty from buzz in certain spots, but that just adds to the roadworn character of this seasoned instrument. The action is set just right and the workhorse guitar plays like a dream. If you are looking for a vintage parlor with charm to spare, look no further! Ships in a gigbag.
Weight: 3 lbs. 13 oz.
Nut Width: 1 9/16”
5/10 (fair condition) c.1967 Made in the USA
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