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!].