“Cortez: Distinctive in appearance with a beautiful golden shaded flat top and traditional shape. Distinctive in features with a mellow, resonant tone and a fast, low action. Top is specially selected Spruce providing a fine sounding board, back and rims are Mahogany. Mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod. Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Rosewood bridge. Large shell celluloid pickguard. Nickel played enclosed machine heads. Choose this guitar for Epiphone quality at a very modest price.”  –1961 Epiphone Catalog

Make and Model: Epiphone FT45 Cortez, (Made in Kalamazoo, MI by Gibson, 3 1/2 years post-buyout)

Year of Manufacture: 1961, serial A-4xxx

Specifications: Sitka Spruce top, Mahogany back and sides, 14 1/2″ wide body, X style top bracing, 24 3/4″ scale length, short headstock with bikini style metal logo, 1 11/16″ nut width, neck depth at first fret = .80″, depth at 12th fret = .96″, weight 3lbs 140z, Action at the 12th fret = 7/64″ bass side and 5/64″ treble side. 

Condition: Excellent, a professionally playable instrument. This vibey example shows wear from time including thorough finish checking, nicks, dings, scratches, and the name “Joe” lovingly inscribed in the top next to the pickguard. Repairs include a neck reset, a few braces reglued, bridge reglue, pickguard reglued, 1960 era Kluson tuners installed, bone nut, fret dress and polish.

Originality: All parts are original to the guitar except for the bone nut, era correct vintage Kluson tuners, strings, and bridge pins.

Playability: Excellent. No repairs, modifications, or set up necessary. 

Notes: I’m completely smitten with this inspiration machine. It’s a lovely sounding example that’s perfect for fingerstyle or light strumming. The tone is reminiscent of those old 1960s records except that this guitar tunes well and intonates properly. I’m including this properly fitting hard shell case with your purchase. I’m confident you’ll love this 1961 Epiphone FT45 Cortez!

Product Specs

Condition:
Very Good (Used)
Brand
Epiphone
Model
FT-45 Cortez
Finish
Sunburst
Year
1961
Made In
United States
Right / Left Handed
Right Handed
Number of Strings
6 String
Body Shape
Dreadnought

About The Seller

True Vintage Guitar
Joined Apr 2013
Birmingham, AL, United States

Quick
Shipper
Quick
Responder

Accepted Payment Methods

Shipping Policy

Ships from Birmingham, AL, United States to:

Continental U.S.
$65.00
Australia
$300.00
Everywhere Else
$140.00

I will ship with tracking to the listed regions. To negotiate shipping rates to other locations, please send me a message.

Tax Policies

This shop collects taxes in the following regions:

Alabama
Alabama*
Arizona*
Arkansas*
Connecticut*
District of Columbia*
Idaho*
Iowa*
Kentucky*
Minnesota*
Nebraska*
New Jersey*
New Mexico*
New York*
Ohio*
Oklahoma*
Pennsylvania*
South Carolina*
South Dakota*
Vermont*
Virginia*
Washington*
West Virginia*
Wyoming*
*State sales tax is required in this region. Learn More

Return Policy

Return Window

This product can be returned within 2 days of receipt.

General Terms

Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs unless the item was not received as described.

Refunds

Buyer receives a full refund in their original payment method less any shipping costs.

Message Seller

Accepted Payment Methods

Credit Card
Reverb Bucks
Paypal
Affirm

As low as $211/month

True Vintage Guitar

Birmingham, AL, United States
Joined: Apr 2013

Seller Achievements

Vintage Epiphone FT-45 Cortez 1961 Sunburst
$2,395
+ $65 Shipping