This is a vintage 1968 Epiphone FT-90 El Dorado acoustic flat top guitar by Gibson. This particular example, serial number 520008, is in very excellent all original condition. The El Dorado is a slightly more appointed Texan, with a bound fingerboard as opposed to the Texan’s unbound board, metal button Klusons instead of the FT-79’s (Texan’s model number) plastic buttons, and multi-ply binding on the back instead of the Texan’s single layer of binding along the back. Otherwise, the two are identical. With late-60’s Texans and Gibson J-50s selling for upward of $3,500.00, it would be a good idea to take advantage of this reasonable offer!
This attractive El Dorado features; the standard spruce top, mahogany back and sides, a 1-piece mahogany neck featuring a very comfortable slim taper profile with factory large frets, 3-in-a-row double-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines with the original nickel buttons, a bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays, a 1 9/16″ nut width, a dark tortoise (4) screw guard, a Brazilian rosewood bridge with an adjustable rosewood saddle, original white plastic bridge pins, original single strap pin, original truss rod cover, original tuner ferrules and a non-original hard case.
Most importantly, this example is perfectly solid with no issues (NO cracks, NO breaks, NO repairs) whatsoever. While it is quite clean and presentable with no dramatic or obvious playing wear, it is in fantastically functional form. The action is super low, and it feels more like an electric guitar than an acoustic with respect to the playability. The late-60’s Gibson-made acoustics are slightly over-built with more substantial bracing, which makes them super solid and tight sounding; capable of heavy-handed intense strummers, (thought we’re not condoning beating it up…) it also responds nicely to intricate playing as well.
Cosmetically, this guitar is very nice, as stated. It exhibits some expected random dings around the side, but in general, the guitar is intact and crisp with not much wear on the back, sides, or neck. There is beautiful weather checking on the top of the guitar, as well as the headstock and back of the guitar. The guitar is perfectly solid. The bridge is firmly affixed with no lifting or bellying. There are no drying cracks, pickguard cracks, loos braces, etc.
The only minor distractions include; the missing “e” logo from the pickguard, which a reissue emblem can be used to restore it for less than $20, and the added Gibson strap button near the heal, which was added by the previous owner.