epiphone 5102te

Posted by Timothy Nolan esq. on Fri, 01/16/04 - 18:06:41.
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i have purchaced an epiphone 5102te
does anyone know anything about these guitars or when they were made?
the serial number 0440 and it was made in kalamazoo michigan

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Re: epiphone 5102te

: I own an epiphone 5102te also, I contacted Gibson about it, looking for a replacement pickguard. Apparently the only part made in Kalamazoo, is the label, the guitar was made in Japan. I bought mine used in 1981. It is still straight, and the action is low. Really a well made guitar, however I still haven't found the pickguard.

Re: epiphone 5102te

I just bought a 5102te and I've been doing some looking. Nothing concrete, but I have a theory lol. People at Gibson say it was made in Japan and people on a couple different sites and discussion groups say the same thing, but any documentation I've seen refers only to the 5102t never the te. The 5102t was made in Japan in 70 into early 72 or late 71. Several companies made a version of this Aria model called the 5102t. I've never held a 5102t Epiphone, but I would bet it probably doesn't say "union made Kalamazoo, Michigan" I would expect to see something like "Made in Japan" as was on so many things in the 70s. Sure it has a bolt on neck, but it's a carefully crafted quarter sawn neck with the grain running just how it should and straight. I think they produced the te in Kalamazoo for a brief time during the transition after they sold out. e for epiphone :) Many 5102t, only 1 5102te. It may not be recognized by "experts" and collectors as a US made Epi, but I think it is. That's prolly why I got it for $138.25 on ebay. How could anyone not want to pay more than that for this sweet thing? I don't get it. I was ready to go to about 400 and I didn't even think I'd get it for that. (in conclusion <applause>)If anybody has some kind of documentation that says the TE was made in Japan, but says Union Made - Kalamazoo, Michigan on the inside label anyway, I wanna see it. Likewise, any documentation or knowledge to back my theory would be welcome too. Thanks

Re: epiphone 5102te

I own an Epiphone 5102TE. I bought it a few years ago for $300 from a music store, and still consider it a great deal. It is one of my favorite guitars, and has a great sound. At any rate, in reply to your query, the label on the inside of my guitar reads: "Epiphone 5102TE . . . Epiphone, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan . . . Made in Japan." In addition, there is an original sticker still on the back of the 'steel adjustable neckplate' that reads "made in Japan." All this being said, I am sure this is where the guitar came from, or at least was assembled. Anyway, I don't care if it was made at the north pole: It's still awesome. Congrats on your Epi!

Re: epiphone 5102te

I have a "Granada" 5102TB" strangely enough. It matches your description yet is has the Grranada brand. It is made in Japan as well. My uncle purchased it in the early 70's. I think it is a rip off of the Aria but it is still a solidly built guitar. Anyways, just thought I'd throw that in.

5102TE

I also have one of these beautiful guitars, and love playing it, but can not find any info either. I am mussing pick guard and tremolo, but other than that it plays and sounds great. I believe it also has Kalamazoo Michigan, and made in 73... 73877 is #

Epiphone 5102 TE

I have an Epiphone 5102 TE which has a blue label inside which clearly says "Union Made" and I have seen other identical guitars with "Made in Japan" in the same place on the blue label. I bought mine secondhand in Cardiff, Wales, about 1975, and it is a truly lovely thing. It has an unbranded Bigsby-type tremolo, a bolt-on neck and a moveable bridge with individual height and length adjusters for each string. I've always thought it was more akin to the Gibson es 390 than the es 335, which has a larger body. Anyway, I am sure that mine was an early model, made in Kalamazoo circa 1968-69 before the production was moved to Japan. As for what it may be worth, I don't really care, because I wouldn't sell it, but if I could get solid provenance from Gibson, I would imagine it to be worth somewhere in the region of £1500 or maybe $2000.

Re: epiphone 5102te

i dont know much, but i recently purchased one also.
I can tell you this from my research, the parts were made in kalamazoo, but the guitar was assembled in japan. mine is missing some parts, a pickguard, the switch, and i want to replace some parts, so if you have any info, tell me. thanks

Re: epiphone 5102te

any ideas on dates for serial #'s or other info... is it a Casino? I'm awefully curious about my beautiful red chunk of wood

Re: epiphone 5102te

I bought an Epiphone 5120te in the mid-70's.
The label on the iside of the guitar says: "n° 911169 EPIPHONE INC Kalamazoo, michigan. Made in Japan".

Could anybody help me?
It goes out of tune so easily, is there anything I can do about it? to set it up or something??

5102 TE

I own one and the label in mine says it was Union Made in Kalamazoo

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