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 Post subject: FT-165
PostPosted: Fri 04 Sep 2009 06:43 PM 
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I was given an epiphone ft-165 MIJ that is in really bad shape. I saw it in the catalog posted here. Is this a Mat? How can I tell? It has the same specs as the one in the catalog.
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 Post subject: Re: FT-165
PostPosted: Fri 04 Sep 2009 07:10 PM 
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Hi Tom,

Please send it to me & I will help you determine if a Mat or not...

P. :D

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 Post subject: Re: FT-165
PostPosted: Fri 04 Sep 2009 07:34 PM 
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Ha! :) It's on the way. :P Not playable at the moment, though. Someone tried repairing it years ago and did a lousy job. I am going to have to learn new skills to bring this back to life.
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 Post subject: Re: FT-165
PostPosted: Fri 04 Sep 2009 07:52 PM 
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I'll help you to determine what needs to be done once I receive it! :D ....

How about some pics in the meantime.... :)

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 Post subject: Re: FT-165
PostPosted: Sat 05 Sep 2009 05:26 PM 
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Pics are coming, but I have it taken apart right now. The brace where the neck attaches is broken, hence the neck sinking into the guitar body. It also has a bit too much bridge bulge. Overall I think it might be fixable, but probably won't ever be cosmetically appealing.
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 Post subject: Re: FT-165
PostPosted: Sat 05 Sep 2009 05:47 PM 
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What?!?

you have a bulge problem and you think it not appealing.....

Women different in the States?.... :D

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 Post subject: Re: FT-165
PostPosted: Sat 05 Sep 2009 10:03 PM 
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Well P., I see your confusion, we don't wear our pants as tight as you guys do up north (need the extra room :o ). I always thought that the tight pants thing was just about staying warm, but know I know the real reason. :D
Thanks for the heads up. :lol: I will head to Target tomarrow.
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 Post subject: Re: FT-165
PostPosted: Sat 19 Sep 2009 05:42 PM 
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I took some pics finally. I've been real busy, sorry.
Here is the inside label:
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Here you can see where the brace failed and the neck ate into the body of the guitar:
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Here is a picture of my bulge, P.
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and the rest:
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 Post subject: Re: FT-165
PostPosted: Sat 19 Sep 2009 05:43 PM 
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Any thoughts on repair?
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 Post subject: Re: FT-165
PostPosted: Sat 19 Sep 2009 07:44 PM 
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Sorry no repair tips fron me.
I'm just wondering what strings they had on it.
It didn't happen to have fencing wire on it did it :lol: ?
Looks like you have a bit of work on your hands to get it up and running again (it can be fixed though).
Time paitence and money is all that it takes.
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