epiphone el dorado?

Posted by vicky keane on Sat, 01/19/02 - 22:09:22.
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I received this guitar from my parents? i can't seem to find any information about it, can anyone help in identifying the year it was made? and any other info. would be helpful, i have searched the web endlessly to no avail. It doesn't have a serial number, just epiphone ft-350 el dorado, on the inside of the guitar, it is acoustic, with the epiphone E on the front of the guitar, and that it was made in Japan.

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: I received this guitar from my parents? i can't seem to find any information about it, can anyone help in identifying the year it was made? and any other info. would be helpful, i have searched the web endlessly to no avail. It doesn't have a serial number, just epiphone ft-350 el dorado, on the inside of the guitar, it is acoustic, with the epiphone E on the front of the guitar, and that it was made in Japan.

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I also have an epiphone el dorado FT - 350. I purchased it at a pawn shop 8 years ago for 175 dollars. It plays like it's worth quadruple that. I also have a Martin cutaway J-40 worth $1600. I actually play the Epiphone a bit more because it's tone and low action are outstanding. Anyway, I as well have never been able to find out when my FT - 350 was made or how much it's worth. There is nothing on the internet anywhere. the number's normally stop at ft - 165. if someone reads this in the next few years and feels like telling me....e-mail at soulmayknow@yahoo.com
-brian

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Brian,

I purchased my Epiphone FT-350 in 1973 for $350.00 It was considered a good Gibson "knock off" at the time. I couldn't tell you what the value of it is today but after 30 years and only one servicing, it stills sounds good, in fact better than when new since the wood has aged and mellowed the sound. I too would be curious to know what it's intrinsic value is today.
Hope that helps.

Randeleigh

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thanks, and as i said before, i hope someone
e-mails me in the next few years about this....

i hope you somehow find this and smile...

and of course, it's not the price of the guitar that counts, it's the sound that truly matters...

the Epiphone El Dorado

I have an Epiphone El Dorado Mine was made in 1967 and She has been appraised for $1500.00 I use Earthwood Silk and Steel strings on her and I also had a Butt Bridge put on her because the normal bridge will in in its life time raise up because of the Tension from tuning her. I also had a pick-up put in her under the string bridge with the plug put in her strap button on the bottom and let me tell you she is so gorgeous sounding and I am so confident in her string strength that I have never worried about her lifting ever again. I hope that helps you there.

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I have an Epiphone El Dorado FT 365. It has 12 strings. I bought the guitar in Spain about 25 years ago. It sounds supergood and I would never give it away.

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My 12 string is now a 6 string because of an accident - there is a crack along the base of the neck. But the truss rod is holding everything straight! I inherited the el dorado from my sister, and that was about 25 years ago like the other guys. What a sweet sound it has, and the action and neck are nice too. Wonder what it's worth?

Epiphone

take you Epi to a good Luthier and they can fix that for you but it maybe a little salty, mine cost me $400.00 But trust me it was all worth it you cannot even tell he did anything to her. the El Dorado is known for doing that and raising the Bridge, have a Luthier fix your neck and put a string BUTT string holder on her and you will never put her back as a 6 string ever again.

Yea i have one also

I have one also, their is way to much pressure on the strings and the action is really high, it sounds good but it hurts to play it, i got it looked at and its gonna cost me 85 dollars that i dont have.

ft 365 12 string

Hi,just read your post in the forumn,thought id email you because i also have a el dorado 12 string that my father bought second hand from a friend on my 15th birthday,i am now 42 been playing for 30+ years and i think its the finest instrument ever,have you managed to get any more info?kind regards,Wayne(England)

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I have a similar model, ft-350-BL (blonde woodgrain). it was purchased around 1976, and I've seen another posting mentioning '76 as a possible date for that model. The serial number was originally a stick-on label on the backside of the tuning pegs. It's an excellant guitar. I still use mine regularly, although I've converted to nylon strings.

: I received this guitar from my parents? i can't seem to find any information about it, can anyone help in identifying the year it was made? and any other info. would be helpful, i have searched the web endlessly to no avail. It doesn't have a serial number, just epiphone ft-350 el dorado, on the inside of the guitar, it is acoustic, with the epiphone E on the front of the guitar, and that it was made in Japan.

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I have an FT-350BL (blonde wood 6-string)without serial #, which I purchased some time in 1971 or 1972. I have inquired with Epiphone and they tell me it was made in Japan (as per the label) in the early 1970s. No clue as to value, but I would never part with it. Plays better than the Washburn I have.

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I have received an Epiphone Eldorado too and was sondering if anyone would happen to know the value of it...its in great condition and plays like a dream

: I received this guitar from my parents? i can't seem to find any information about it, can anyone help in identifying the year it was made? and any other info. would be helpful, i have searched the web endlessly to no avail. It doesn't have a serial number, just epiphone ft-350 el dorado, on the inside of the guitar, it is acoustic, with the epiphone E on the front of the guitar, and that it was made in Japan.

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: I have received an Epiphone Eldorado too and was sondering if anyone would happen to know the value of it...its in great condition and plays like a dream

:
: : I received this guitar from my parents? i can't seem to find any information about it, can anyone help in identifying the year it was made? and any other info. would be helpful, i have searched the web endlessly to no avail. It doesn't have a serial number, just epiphone ft-350 el dorado, on the inside of the guitar, it is acoustic, with the epiphone E on the front of the guitar, and that it was made in Japan.

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: : I have received an Epiphone Eldorado too and was sondering if anyone would happen to know the value of it...its in great condition and plays like a dream

: :
: : : I received this guitar from my parents? i can't seem to find any information about it, can anyone help in identifying the year it was made? and any other info. would be helpful, i have searched the web endlessly to no avail. It doesn't have a serial number, just epiphone ft-350 el dorado, on the inside of the guitar, it is acoustic, with the epiphone E on the front of the guitar, and that it was made in Japan.

...I bought one (FT 350) in 1975 (think they were made for a few years before that) when Epiphone was owned by Norlin & made in Japan. Spruce top- not sure about back & sides. Looks like rosewood fretboard. Original cost was @$150- not sure what they're worth now- but they're solid & sound pretty decent 27 years later.

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There's a couple of these guys at a local pawn shop here, and I've done a bit of research.
Even the Epiphone F350's that have the Kalamazoo label inside were likely made in Japan.
As a result, they aren't collectors items so far as I can tell and are worth about $250 - $350.
That's the bad news.
The good news is that, by all accounts they a really nice guitars and have a sound and a
playability waaayyy beyond their price range. All in all, that makes them really good
beginner instrments and/or backup/beach guitars for those times when you want a good sound
and don't feel like, or can't justify, schlepping your $4000 Martin to questionable places.

Epiphone

mine had been appraised at $1500.00 if that helps

Re: epiphone el dorado?

: I received this guitar from my parents? i can't seem to find any information about it, can anyone help in identifying the year it was made? and any other info. would be helpful, i have searched the web endlessly to no avail. It doesn't have a serial number, just epiphone ft-350 el dorado, on the inside of the guitar, it is acoustic, with the epiphone E on the front of the guitar, and that it was made in Japan. ******* I have the same exact guitar it is a 60s model

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Check out Edward Epiphone's homepage at:
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/edgephone
He is a songwriter & guitarist I know, and he talks about his Epiphone El Dorado; in fact, he got some MP3s recorded with that guitar.

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I purchased my FT-350 El Dorado on 4/21/75 (parents convinced me to get it instead of a 10-speed bike). The serial number is 942548. I don't remember what I paid for it. It has sat unplayed for many years but I have recently started playing it again. Still sounds as good as when I bought it but desperately needs new strings, which I will purchase from the same store that bought it from almost 25 years ago. Not sure of the value but to me it's priceless (the John Denver song "This old guitar" says it all).

Epiphone

the strings you want to use on her are Earthwood silk & Steel they give off such a beautiful and mellow sound that its like someone else is playing her.

matsumoku made ft-350bl

sorry guys,im' a bit late for the conversation(2013,mar.)anyway, i bought 1 of these,paid $250. price is still low? my reasons, it's
the wood. nice solid top,spruce,possible fiddleback maple back,solid, laminated maple sides.3piece mahagony neck,rosewood fretboard.3ply binding on that same neck and the headstock,4ply on the top. rosewood bridge. i really have fun restoring
old guitars. started playing back in 1962,and repairing my own gits around the same time.usually a older guitar
will have a few glitches? neck,joint pulls, seam seperation on the sides or back.bridge lift. it makes buyin' a elderly guitar fun?i've had a few insturments in my life. repair is great relaxation, plus you get to play what you'v fixed.
anyway, i wanted to add my voice to the symphony. enjoy playing my guitars(after 50 years, i hope to add more?)
enjoy your old axe. best wishes, to all.

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