Epiphone 5102T

  • Epiphone 5102T (1971) thinline hollow-bodied electric guitar
    Epiphone 5102T (1971)


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1970 to 1971

The Epiphone 5102T / 5102TE was introduced in 1970 at a turning point in Epiphone history when the company stopped manufacturing in the USA and began importing guitars from overseas. The Epiphone 5102T was made in Japan by Matsumoku and was a thinline ES-335 style hollow bodied electric. Available cherry red finish, it had a bolt-on maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with block inlays, tune-o-matic style rocker bridge (with Teflon covered rollers). vibrato tail-piece (with wood-insert). It had a maple laminate body (almost hollow except for a 3/4" square solid block underneath the bridge), Pickups were two exposed double-coil units (humbuckers?). The 1971 the 5102T model was replaced by the almost identifcal EA-250. The Epiphone 5102T / EA-250 is identical to the Aria 5102T apart from the headstock logo - both were made in the same Matsumoku factory.

The 1971 Epiphone catalog describes the 5102T as follows:

This thin double-cutaway model with twin pickups, produces clear, distinctive tones. The slim, fast, low-action neck allows easy access to upper register.

FEATURES: Double-cutaway thin body with multiple binding. twin pickups with adjustable polepieces, slim, fast. low-action adjustable neck. high gloss cherry red finish. select hardwood top, rims and back. Adjustable precision bridge, rosewood fingerboard with block inlays, vibrola tailpiece. deluxe machine heads. chrome plated parts.  

15.75” wide, 18.75” long. 1.9” thin;  25.5” scale, 22 frets [this is a misprint - it has 21 frets!].

Specifications (27)


41.5 × 15.75 × 2 in
Finish colorsred finish
Made inJapan
Bindingbody binding, neck binding
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length


Controls materialblack controls
Controls shapetop hat controls
Number of control knobs4 control knobs
Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls


Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups


Body styleES-335 style
Hollow bodyhollow body
Pickguard materialblack pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes


Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
TailpieceVibrato tailpiece


Fingerboard inlay materialpearloid fingerboard inlays
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers


Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets21 fret
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Prices (3)

1971$500goodTravisI hope that I will love this guitar
1970$100newEddySmooth sounding guitar. Can't get local stores to give me a value due to its age. Guitar is mint.

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