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Help with information on a Epiphone FT-150

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by RichardWitt, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. RichardWitt

    RichardWitt Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 1, 2006
    I was just in a pawn shop and found an Epiphone FT-150 Acoustic.


    Serial number is: 1120618

    A 70's Japanese period acoustic. It has a solid top, which is good but a bolt on neck, which I'm generally turned off by immediately.

    But this thing sounded really good!

    Reviews on the net suggest it's a good guitar, I'm just hoping someone can point me in the direction of a good site to date the serial number?

    Anyone have one of these baby's?

    They want $395 Aus for it, but they've been taking some pretty ridiculous requests for deals lately with the global economic crisis!

  2. dqami

    dqami Tele-Holic

    Feb 11, 2004
    I believe the 1st number is the year and the next two is the month, so 1 is probably 1971, 12 is December. You will get more help on the Epi forum.

  3. Genie001

    Genie001 NEW MEMBER!

    Apr 1, 2009
    trying to find Epi forum

    Can you point me in the right direction to get to this forum? I have one of these guitars and am trying to place value...have played since I was 13 (way long time ago) and the FT150 I have is from the 70's.

    Sweet sound....

  4. bug music

    bug music Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2004

  5. dqami

    dqami Tele-Holic

    Feb 11, 2004

  6. aunchaki

    aunchaki Friend of Leo's

    Mar 12, 2006
    Central New York
    I almost bought an FT-150 a few years ago (lost out in a eBay bidding war). I've played the 6 and the 12 string versions of this model and like them a lot. They have lots of 70s character.

    Epi acoustics of the era have bolt-on necks, which look a bit odd on an acoustic. They have four screws and a neck plate very much like a Fender neck plate. The page you sent us to doesn't picture the neck/body joint, so you might not expect it.

    There's one on the Pittsburgh Craigslist for $175. It might already be gone (maybe there's a Pittburgh-based TDPRIer who could pick it up and ship it to you). Here's a pic from that one showing the neck plate:


    This model was called The Bard. Good luck!!

  7. bluedolphin1399

    bluedolphin1399 NEW MEMBER!

    Jul 24, 2010
    new delhi, India
    it couldn't be

    I have an Epiphone FT 150 BARD Norlin Lincolnwood made in Japan and the serial no. is 1160880. Now we don't have a 16th month.



  8. younkint

    younkint Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 14, 2007
    Spring, Texas
    I've got my old FT-145 beside me as I write this. I play the dog* outta mine and have since the early 1970's. I love mine.

    I don't know about the serial numbers making all that much sense. I'm not certain there's any real way to know. If you find a way, let us know. My S/N is on a sticker on the bolt-on-neck-plate and is mostly faded and worn off anyway.

    One thing to watch out for on these old made-in-Japan Epiphones is that the tops can cave-in between the base of the neck that the top of the sound hole. Examine the top of the guitar in that area VERY closely. If it's not straight, avoid it. I'd be afraid of ANY strange looking undulation in that area; there may have been a repair, too. There have been many cases of this failure with this series (bolt-on necks).

    Having said that, if it's straight after all these years, go for it! I wouldn't put heavy strings on it (why tempt fate?), but there's not much need for heavy strings on one anyway.

    Have to mention this - I got mine when a buddy couldn't afford to get it out of pawn. As I recall, it took $21 to get the pawn ticket for it. I'd sell it, but it would take a LOT more than that.

    On second thought, I wouldn't sell it...

  9. lukyluk

    lukyluk NEW MEMBER!

    Oct 14, 2010
    Well, I registered here only because I found this thread.

    I have an Epiphone FT 150 BARD Norlin Lincolnwood made in Japan, from 1980.

    Time ago I found this web that helped me about finding old guitars through serial nº.

    In this case, if you're looking for your bard, click on "Epiphone". (right menu)
    I putted mine's serial (80021512) and FT-150 where it says "model" and it told me:

    Guitar Info
    Your guitar was made in
    February c.1980
    Production Number: 1512

    Anyway, I believe it's made in Japan.

    Moreover, If I search for "Epiphone FT-150" it seems to be a pretty similar guitar as mine's except for the headstock and the -I don't know how to say it- hole inlays
    I think it's because the 1980 made of.

    Good to find more Bard owners!!

  10. lukyluk

    lukyluk NEW MEMBER!

    Oct 14, 2010
    Pd. Agreeing to wath the page said to me, you can guess that the two first numbers is the year, two next is the month and the other the production number


    80 = 1980

    02 = February

    1512 = Production number

    I don't know if it's true but... i believe it is

    Hope I helped you

  11. Javier Tijuana

    Javier Tijuana NEW MEMBER!

    Apr 6, 2011
    About Epiphone acoustics data base.

    The Epiphone serial number decoder currently supports 11 Serial number formats from 25 factories. Vintage numbers from 1932 to 1970 are now supported. serial numbers from 70' and 80's era Epiphone guitars made in Japan are not supported. The reason for this is that there is no reliable documentation from this time period. More information about this can be found in the FAQ. Please post any comments, particularly bugs in the user feedback section.

    This quote comes from:

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