Nice guitar. Often on ebay in the 200+ range but I have seen listed for more. I especially like the bridge and neck on this guitar. This is the only raise bridge archtop i have. Before I got this guitar I considered getting a semihollow. If this were stolen I would replace it but maybe with a better semihollow.
Where Obtained: family
Poss. A Kalamazoo Epiphone product but a good likelyhood that it is from Japan (Aria). Inside label (green) says 5102 T with a E stamped independant of the 5102T. The label proudly states "union made" 21 fret, 3x3 tuner, dual hum, bolt on with a bigsby type tremlo and a floating adjustable bridge. Typical 2tone 2 vol config with a three way toggle switch on the lower horn. Year who knows ~1968-1975. Nice cherry burst or something color with f holes. I am uncertain if it is semihollow or not. 24 3/4 scale with a thin 1 and 5/16 nut. The neck has a wonderful feel and it holds tune well. The body binding is coming away from the surface in places either that or it has always been this way. Paint leaked on to the binding when it was made.
This guitar has very low action (no buzz)and it is has very short frets. Normal freting and chords are easy but it is difficult to bend with these low frets. Are they origional or ground/worn, I dont know. The term butter comes to mind when I think on the neck. The nut is thin.
Pleasant sounding with slinky 10s. Pick ups are as far as I can tell reasonable and period. I mostly play it acoustic. I tend to pick it for struming or clean sounds. As mentioned blues is out becuause of the short frets. The sound is full and somewhat on the treble, not booming like a full bodied acoustic. Trem work is more stable then my strat.
Well it is pretty old. There are surface cracks (hopefully only the surface)under the bridge in front and on the back.