Epiphone unveil new American-made Frontier acoustic guitars

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Epiphone unveil new American-made Frontier acoustic guitars

Words by Will Brewster

A return to the heartland of acoustic production.

While it may be best known today as Gibson’s entry-level subsidiary brand, Epiphone possesses a rich heritage as one of America’s most dynamic guitar manufacturers throughout the mid-stretch of the 20th century.

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Now, the brand look to reaffirm that lineage with the newly announced Epiphone Frontier; the latest entry into their Epiphone USA Collection and a fitting throwback to one of their most esteemed vintage builds.

Joining the likes of the USA Casino, the Epiphone Frontier – originally produced by the brand between 1958 and 1970 – holds up as one of the most premium Epiphone models to come out of the Kalamazoo guitar plant in that era, sharing similar specs to pricey Gibsons such as the Dove and Hummingbird.

Handcrafted by Gibson’s finest luthiers in Bozeman, Montana, the Epiphone Frontier makes use of a solid Sitka spruce top to produce a crisp, punchy tone, made all the more resonant and rich by its traditional hand-scalloped X-bracing beneath the soundboard.

A wonderful choice of figured maple is used for the back and sides of the guitar, which helps to complement the 25.5″ scale mahogany neck and slick Indian rosewood fretboard.

Epiphone have also adorned the Frontier with an illustrious ‘lariat and cactus’ tortoiseshell pickguard design, giving the guitar a distinctively ornate aesthetic twist.

Other features include an LR Baggs VTC pickup with a soundhole-mounted volume and tone control, as well as an Indian rosewood bridge, gold Gotoh Keystone tuners and a bone nut and saddle.

The Frontier also comes shipped in an Epiphone hardshell case, and is available in two vintage-inspired finishes: Antique Natural and Frontier Burst.


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Check out the new Epiphone USA Frontier acoustic guitars in greater detail via Epiphone today. For Australian enquiries, get in touch with Australis Music.