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    Anyone know anything about these guitars? Made in Japan in the mid 70s with a bolt on neck. Whats a good price for one?

    http://www.robwesley.com/guitars/listings/Epiphone%20EA-250%20cherry/

  • #2
    Originally posted by thebert
    Anyone know anything about these guitars? Made in Japan in the mid 70s with a bolt on neck. Whats a good price for one?

    http://www.robwesley.com/guitars/listings/Epiphone%20EA-250%20cherry/


    Clean ones go for $400-500.
    These are very similar to MIJ Univox Coily's from the same era; Uni's sell for less than half of what the Epis do.

    See:http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7385559736

    And: http://univox.org/guitars/
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    • #3
      so does this guitar a full hollow body or does it have the center block?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by thebert
        so does this guitar a full hollow body or does it have the center block?


        I believe all 250's are full-hollow. There are several reviews at HC User reviews.
        http://www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/Data4/Epiphone/EA_250-1.html
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        • #5
          Anyway i just bought one on ebay. supposedly never been played. near mint condition. I'll post about it when it comes.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by thebert
            anyway i just won one on ebay. supposedly never been played. near mint condition. I'll post about it when it comes.


            Cool! Do you have a link or item number?
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            • #8
              Originally posted by thebert
              http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Epiphone-Archtop-EA-250-ES-335-Electric-NR_W0QQitemZ7384036127QQcategoryZ33037QQssPageName ZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

              I hope that works


              Yep.

              That one looks new! Be sure to give us a full report when you get it.

              I became interested in these after I collected a couple Fender Coronados, which are also double cutaway full hollow thinline guitars. The EA-250s have about doubled in price over the past 3-4 years; Coros have almost tripled. Even the once-unncollectibles have become highly desirable.
              Enjoy your new guitar!




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              • #9
                Hi, I asked gibson about this particular guitar. The answer was:

                "Actually, the guitar model you saw written on the label, 5102T correspond indeed to a guitar introduced in 1970 and named in this way until 1971 and renamed EA-250.

                The EA-250 was introduced in 1972 and discontinued in 1975. Unfortunately we don

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                • #10
                  They were also made under the Aria name- I used to own a 5102- I had the nut and saddles replaced and the neck shimmed and it helped a lot-they tend to need neck shims but you can usually get the action pretty decent - the vibrato unit looks cool, but you cant use it too much if you want to play in tune- little low in the output and sustain dept in my opinion but cool- frets were very " vintage" low frets- very easy neck for chords and such but nut width was too narrow for me ultimately. Overall. though, if its what you are looking for they are a good buy.
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                  • #11
                    Go to the Epiphone forum and ask this question.

                    http://forums.epiphone.com/default.aspx?g=forum

                    There are a couple of gentlemen that are experts on the MIJ Epi's. They have more knowledge than Epiphone regarding older equipment.

                    Good Luck.
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                    • #12
                      my first guitar was an Epi EA250 for $80 and I still own it

                      Ive had the lame vibrato replaced with a trapeze, a new nut and frets, neck shimed and a new bridge. Seems to be such a good player my friend doesnt want to give it back at the moment and he HATES Epi's.

                      Just this past year the band that inspired me to pick up a guitar signed it for me, the Jesus and Mary Chain (before the new improvments were made obviously)

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                      • #13
                        I have this Crestwood made about the same time. I hope you have tiny narrow fingers because the necks on those years made in Japan models are very narrow, at least as narrow as the lady intended necks on the Goddess. I have a hard time switching between normal wide necks. Pickups very weak, I put Fender humbuckers in mine.

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                        • #14
                          Well it's been two years since I've bought the EA-250, and I'm very happy with it. The nut is extremely small, but I don't mind. It sounds pretty good, and looks awesome, I love it. The only problem is finding a case for it. The whammy is huge and it doesn't fit in standard 330 hardshell cases (the cases doesn't close because of the whammy bar). Anyone know of a case that will fit it, preferably a hardshell, but if necessary I wouldn't mind a quality gig bag.

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                          • #15
                            I put mine in a full size acoustic case with a towel to pad it- worked fine
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