The Epiphone Frontier is back! Made in the USA from 1958 to 1970, this premium acoustic guitar model is back in production at the same Kalamazoo factory that built them 51 years ago. Looks like Gibson’s repositioning of the Epiphone brand continues…
The Epiphone Frontier acoustic guitar is the latest Epiphone USA Collection release, following on from the recent Casino models announced in March. This American-made acoustic has a solid Sitka spruce top and solid figured maple back and sides, along with a 25.5″ scale length mahogany neck with an Indian rosewood fretboard. You also have traditional hand-scalloped X-bracing which I suspect will add to the rich tone you should expect from this hand made guitar. It has a compound dovetail neck-to-body joint that uses hot hide glue.
“Lariat and Cactus”
An easily recognised feature is the large pickguard that features a super-fancy “lariat and cactus” design. The guitar also has gold Gotoh Keystone tuners, plus a bone nut. Also part of the spec is an L.R. Baggs VTC pickup linked to a soundhole-mounted volume and tone control. Although it’s quite hidden, you can just plug in and go, making this a useful guitar for gigs and recording sessions.
Overall, I’m sure it will surprise many players to see another premium USA-made Epiphone model at a price point that may shock a few people who are used to seeing Epiphone as a budget brand. You can get an Epiphone Frontier in two nitrocellulose finishes, Antique Natural and Frontier Burst, both of which I think suit the guitar very well. This model certainly has strong American-style acoustic guitar aesthetics.
A Classic American Acoustic Guitar
Check out the video below of Mark Agnesi (in his Norman’s Rare Guitars days) playing a vintage 1964 Epiphone Frontier to see what all the fuss is about. I think fans of this classic acoustic model will be very pleased to see it back in production in the USA after 51 years. The price includes an Epiphone hard case.
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