Here is a beautiful all original 1966 Epiphone Caoila Standard guitar built in Kalamazoo MI with a warm cherry finish. Al Caiola is an American (b. 1920) guitarist with 50 albums under his belt. The rare artist Epiphone Caoila Standard model was first introduced in 1966 and production ended in 1969. The hollow body, archtop guitar without soundholes weighs just 6.4 pounds, The top, sides and back are maple and the neck is mahogany. Both the top and back as well as the neck are single bound. It has a 20 fret rosewood fretboard with nine dot inlays and a sclae length of 25 1/2" and a nut width of 1 11/16". Impressed on the back of the headstock is the six digit serial number, 810281. We are listing this guitar as a 1966, however, Epiphone duplicated the serial numbers in 1969 so it is possible this is a 1969. The enlongated black headstock has the Epiphone logo inlayed. There is a large E on the truss rod cover. It has two P90 pickups with chrome dog-eared covers. Electronics are mounted on a three ply white arc shaped control plate. There are black hat volume and tone control knobs with reflective tops, five tone expression switches, plus a pickup selector switch. All of the electronics are in factory sealed copper foil. As it is all original we are not opening the factory sealed foil for photos. Shielding prevented interference from radio frequencies. The output jack is located on the treble side of the guitar. Other features include a raised three ply white pickguard, Tune-o-matic bridge, Kluson deluxe tuners with oval metal buttons, dual nickel strap buttons, and a Caiola model trapeze tailpiece with a rosewood insert topped with a three ply plastic badge that reads Caiola Model. There are a minimal number of dings and wear marks on the body of the guitar. There is some wear around the outer edges of the headstock. There is some weather checking as expected on the body and the back of the neck. On the upper right bout there is a minuscule, almost imperceptible, surface crack less than an inch long that is not open and in no way compromises the instrument. The rosewood fret board is in excellent condition. It has no buckle marks. The original wide, flat frets show little sign of wear. It has a comfortable C shaped neck that is on the smaller side. The opaque cherry finish remains lusterous and allows the gorgeous maple grain to show through the finish. This Caiola plays great and is well balanced. The five tone switches offer an exciting array of tonal combinations by filtering out different frequencies. It comes with a new plush lined black Epiphone hardshell case.
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