EA-Series

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Epiphone EA-250
Epiphone EA-250/5102T Headstock Front
Epiphone EA-250
Epiphone EA-250/5102T Headstock Back

The EA-Series is an archtop electric guitar manufactured by Japanese guitar manufacturer Aria and sub-contracted to Matsumoku.

In 1969, Epiphone had abandoned manufacturing of instruments in America and started importing Epiphone-branded instruments from the Matsumoku company in 1970. These instruments were loosely based on previous Epiphone and Gibson designs and were already in production under other brands such as Aria. The Epiphone line was merely re-branded Matsumoku guitars already in existence. The EA-Series was produced from 1970 to 1979 in Japan and sold to the United States market under the Epiphone brand. Epiphone's original electric archtop line was discontinued and replaced with the bolt-neck EA-Series line of instruments.


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Contents

Models


EA-250

Epiphone EA-250-5102-T
Epiphone 5102T
Epiphone EA-250
Epiphone EA-250
Epiphone EA-250/5102T Neck Plate Epiphone 5102T Pickups
Epiphone EA-250/5102T Neck Plate
Epiphone 5102T Pickups
  • 1970-1974

Models:

  • Model 5102T/TE (1970-1971)
  • Model EA-250 (1972-1974)

Body:

  • Hollow body with .75" Sq. block beneath bridge

Neck:

  • Bolt-on three-piece unfinished maple neck
  • Neck plate reads "Steel Adjustable Neck" with serial number
  • Rosewood fingerboard with rounded-corner block inlays
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • Single-ply f-holes, back & headstock
  • 2-ply neck
  • 3-ply top

Electronics:

  • 2 black doublecoil pickups with staple poles (5102T)
  • 2 chrome full-size humbucker pickups (EA-250)
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Covered plate-mounted tuners
  • Raised black pickguard with foil "E" emblem
  • Black witch hat knobs
  • Precision bridge on rosewood bridge base (5102T)
  • Precision bridge with no base (EA-250)
  • Vibrato tailpiece (1970-1974)
  • Optional trapeze tailpiece (1972-1974)

Colors:

  • Cherry (CH)



EA-255

Epiphone EA-255
Epiphone EA-255
  • 1976-1979

Body:

  • Laminated Walnut body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on mahogany neck
  • Neck plate reads "Steel Adjustable Neck" with serial number
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • 2-ply neck & headstock
  • 3-ply top

Electronics:

  • Two humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Precision bridge on rosewood bridge base
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • Gold reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Walnut (WL)



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