51 years after the last American-made example of the model rolled off the assembly line in Gibson's former Kalamazoo, Michigan factory, Epiphone has announced that it will begin building Frontier acoustics in the United States once again.
The new Frontier – which will be made in Gibson's main acoustic facility in Bozeman, Montana – features a solid Sitka spruce top, solid figured maple back and sides, and a mahogany, Round C-shaped neck boasting an Indian rosewood fretboard with 20 frets, mother-of-pearl slotted rectangle inlays, and a 25.5" scale length.
The acoustic boasts hand-scalloped X-bracing and an under-saddle L.R. Baggs VTC pickup, which can be tweaked by master volume and master tone control wheels perched on the soundhole.
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Of course, there's also the Frontier's "lariat and cactus"-themed Imitation Tortoiseshell pickguard, while other appointments include Gotoh Keystone tuning machines and a Belly Up Indian rosewood bridge with Tusq bridge pins and a bone saddle.
The Epiphone Frontier acoustic guitar is available now – in Frontier Burst and Antique Natural finishes – for $3,999.
For more info on the guitar, stop by epiphone.com.
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