Gorgeous True Vintage 1972 Blue Label Epiphone FR25 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar MIJ & Epiphone Hard Shell Case


  • Spruce top
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • herringbone inlay on soundhole, top binding and back strip
  • Tortoiseshell effect scratch plate with Epiphone “€” logo.
  • Epiphone Plush Lined Hard Case
  • Serial #: 84369

Made in the early 1970’s, when Epiphone had moved production from the U.S. to Japan. These guitars were made by the Matsumoku factory, featuring a set mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard with matt-silver dot markers / rosewood bridge with plastic cream bridge pins / Herringbone purfling sound hole, top binding and centre strip on back / Original chrome tuners and tortoiseshell scratchplate / Made in Japan “blue label”

Accurate serial numbers and model numbers aren’t very available or reliable as Epiphone transitioned from US production to Japan in the early 1970’s. One of the general accepted ways of roughly dating the Japanese Epiphones is from the the label colours. From 1971-1975 there were Blue labels, with early models (70-71) saying “Union made” on the label. 1976-1979 have Tan or white “Lincolnwood” labels with Norlin logo, and 1980-1987 have Brown labels with a “splotch” pattern. This guitar has the the Blue label with “Made in Japan” in the bottom corner, so could be assumed to be between circa 1972 in manufacture.

It’s a really handsome looking guitar and you can see the age in the natural Spruce flat top having a lovely vintage colour and vibe, with a nice contrasting tortoiseshell pickguard with the Epiphone ‘E’ logo. Ivory coloured herringbone binding front and back contrasts against the natural top and the rich dark figured rosewood back and sides. Fingerboard is in nice condition is a lovely rich colour. Some of the Japanese Epiphones feature a bolt-on neck design, but this guitar has a set neck construction. Again, there is no concrete catalogue of guitar models and features from this period. Simply, some of better than others.

This is a loud and lively guitar with a powerful open sound when played with a flatpick, crisp and articulate, mellowing out when played finger style. Action is really comfortable & has plenty of room on the saddle for adjustment if required!

Bearing in mind that this is almost a 50 year old instrument, it is in absolutely excellent all-round condition, with just a couple of minor dings that would not really show up on the photos. It is absolutely structurally sound with no splits, cracks or bellying to the top and the glued-in neck joint and headstock are totally solid and stable.  Fitted with a bone nut and saddle, she sleeps in a beautiful & pristine condition Epiphone Plush Lined, Hard Shell Case.

These early set-neck Japanese made Epiphones were sadly superceded by bolt-neck versions in the late 70s. There doesn’t seem to be that many of them around in the UK – most of them seem to have gone to the US or to Europe. I’ve only ever seen one other offered for sale in the UK.


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