• Epiphone FT-45 (1941-1948) acoustic guitar
    Epiphone FT-45 (1941-1948)


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1941 to 1949

Epiphone introduced the FT-45 in 1941 and it was made until 1948. It was an 00 size flat top acoustic with a spruce top, American walnut back and sides and cherry neck.

Gibson reintroduced the FT-45 in 1958 as the Epiphone FT-45 Cortez model with slightly different specifications. These Gibson era FT-45s are much more common than the pre-1950s models.

Epiphone's promotional flyer described the FT-45 as follows, back in 1941:

"This model is especially recommended for those who wish to combine beauty of tone and appearance at a moderate price.
Back and sides of selected American Walnut, neck of Cherry Hardwood finished in a rich, glowing brown. Top of straight grained Spruce, finished in the gleaming white of the natural wood. Body bound on top and bottom with white Pyralin. Imitation Tortoise Shell pickguard.  
Body size 18.88" long, 14.5" wide, 4.4" deep. 20 frets with neck joining body at 14th fret.  Fitted with EPIPHONE'S Exclusive Adjustable Truss Rod."

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Finish colorsnatural finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Bindingwhite binding
Number of strings6 strings


Body back materialwalnut body back
Body depth4.25 inches body depth
Body sides materialwalnut body sides
Body top materialspruce body top
Body width14.5 inches body
Pickguard materialtortoiseshell pickguard
Soundholeround soundhole


Bridge pinswhite pins
Bridgeadjustable bridge, rosewood bridge


Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Headstock inlays or logosmetal logo on headstock
Neck materialcherry neck
Number of frets20 fret
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

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The original FT-45 was produced in the 40's, but the Cortez version was brought out by Gibson after their takeover and was produced in the 60's