Epiphone FT-350SCE with Min-ETune

Epiphone introduces their first self-tuning acoustic-electric guitar, the FT-350SCE with Min-ETune.

Epiphone FT-350SCE with Min-ETune

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This affordable instrument features the automatic mechanical tuner system Min-ETune, especially tweaked to work with the touchy tuning of acoustic guitars.

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The FT-350SCE is touted as the world's first self-tuning acoustic guitar, thanks to the clever combination of precise machinery and electronics built into the Min-ETune system. It discretely attaches to the back of the headstock and allows for instant tuning with a simple press of a button, just like the ones found on more expensive Gibson electric guitars.

Epiphone made a great move to finally get the Min-ETune built into acoustic guitars, especially since acoustic players are more inclined to use alternative tunings to make solo playing more interesting. Singer songwriters that utilize different alternate tunings for different songs in their gigs will find the preset and customizable alternate tunings to be very useful and convenient.

This robot tuner is paired with a straightforward cutaway dreadnought style guitar. It features a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides. The neck is also made of mahogany, glued into the body. The fretboard is made of rosewood and has 20 frets with traditional dot position inlays. A tortoise shell pickguard protects the top from hard strumming and completes the look of the instrument.

Epiphone FT-350SCE with Min-ETune

For plugging in, the guitar comes equipped with a Shadow Nanoflex pickup and Shadow Performer preamp. It has two-band EQ controls, a Dynamics control, a mute button and a phase switch.

Not to be outdone by their parent company, this guitar is part of Epiphone's interesting new models for 2014. They were able to make the Min-ETune technology more accessible by fitting it on affordable models.

The new Epiphone FT-350SCE is currently available in four finishes - Natural, Violinburst, Ebony and Wine Red. It is currently available for preorder with a price tag of around $740.

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