Skip to Content

EPI A-10 Acoustic

rupert0's picture

I have an Epi A-10 acoustic with serial no. 1181487 Norlin label Made in Taiwan.
Can anyone tell me what year this was made please and what value it has,if any.

No votes yet
brian's picture

Good question. I will have to

Good question. I will have to research it. Anyone know off hand?

brianS's picture

Hey I also have an acoustic

Hey I also have an acoustic epi a-10 (I searched it on google and this was this first thing that came up.) I inherited it from my father so I don't know anything about it either. Has anyone found anything out about it?

brian's picture

I'm guessing late 70's early

I'm guessing late 70's early 80's.

brianS's picture

Wow really? I wasn't

Wow really? I wasn't expecting it to be quite that old.. its still in good condition. Do you know where I can find more info on it, price wise etc?

Here's a couple pics

epila2.jpg epi2ui6.jpg
kgmaximus's picture

I can't provide any info as

I can't provide any info as far as current value, etc., but my guess is that there isn't much monetary value to this guitar. I have one, which I bought when I was in Jr. High School for about $80, serial #888401.

We're talking somewhere around 1977 or so. Spruce top, mahogany back and sides, it appears, and veneer, not solid wood. I've played a lot on this poor little axe, and I still love it. Nice action, a bit of fret buzz that I always felt gave the sound a rock and roll, distorted quality when I really hit a barre chord.

I've strapped this guitar to a backpack and hiked with it, and it's been with me from virginity all the way to my second marriage. It's the main guitar of my life, and I've had a lot of 'em, and a lot fancier and more expensive ones.

I love this little guitar, and it's nice to see that there's someone out there somewhere who also has one. To most, it's a crappy cheap little acoustic, but like any instrument it can become infused with your playing and your history.

Hope you didn't sell it. Looks like your dad took a lot better care of his than I did mine.

DANN's picture

I do believe looking at the 2

I do believe looking at the 2 photos, that I have the same Epi A-10 folk acoustic. I need to see a photo of the head stock face. Mine simply has "Epi" in gold leaf on the head. Mine has BLOCK INLAYS starting at the 1st fret. Could mine be the "custom" perhaps? I bought mine new in either 1978 or 1979, for $99.91.

The serial number tag is not inside the body, or else I wouldn't be asking.
The body & neck have binding, & the neck has a soft "V" shape. Stamped in ink on the truss rod plate is Serial # 4924then perhaps a 1 that is not completely stamped, the # is 4924(1?) guess is it was made in 1978.


RobSwindol's picture

DANN, if yours has the block

DANN, if yours has the block inlays it is the A-12 model. I am bidding on one of these now. Just out of curiosity, how does yours sound? I've heard that these guitars can age very well and be comparable to Yairis in tone and playability. As a Yairi lover and owner, I would love that to be true.

Is there any way you can take some pics of yours?

I have also been told that these guitars my have a solid back as well as top. On yours, does the grain on the inside of the guitar match the grain on the outside of the guitar (the back)?

DANN's picture

Just this morning I did a

Just this morning I did a Google search and learned mine is the A-12!. Check out Mystery Guitar - Epiphone Acoustics - Epiphone Forums, on Google. There are photos of the A-12 with the block inlays.

The A-12 appeared in the sales literature 1979 as ''Epiphone Student Guitar'' as part of the ''A-series Folk Models'' that included the A-10 (dot inlay?).The A-12 sold for $159.95, which is too high for the $99.00 I spent in the late 70's....perhaps...for a new A-12. The A-10 was $129.95.

Dont know why mine was so cheap.? A $60.00 difference I think is alot in the late 70's.?
At this site the guy talks about a cheaper silkscreened ''Epi" that came out in 1980....I know I got my acoustic new in 78' or 79', cause in January of 1980, I bought my Epiphone Genesis Deluxe.?

My Epi A-12 has been the living room guitar for over 22 years. My son learned on it, & added to it's dings & dents. It sounds loud and clear with new most guitars, but when the strings get old, there is a loss of tone, unlike more expensive acoustics, that will still have some volume/tone & character when the strings are old. I use the silk wrapped (protective)ball end Martin .010's on this guitar to save the wood in the bridge area.

The holes are getting rounded out & the 5th & 6th string bridge pins want to pop up. ...use lite strings on this guitar, and just keep new strings on it, & it will sound great. Mine stays in tune & I changed out the tuners about 4 years after I got it. There has always been nut pinching & I use Kyser dauber bottle lube cleaner squished into the nut, and it helps....still use 10 - 46 strings on this A-12.

The truss rod is cranked pretty tight, & I get body bent down some due to this torque The action is great, but humidity does affect the string height...more so due to the tight truss rod I believe.

I will check inside for any grain pattern/trueness. Just a good ''couch guitar'' to play while waiting for your wife..............''So tired, tired of waiting, tired of waiting for youuuuu.'' easy to play Kinks! The skinny frets are low (lower) and I get fret outs on the first string due to playing wear, & the rosewood fretboard now shows take a long time to do this on a rosewood board!
The neck is a soft ''V'' which plays nice frets 1-9, then gets a little chunky. This soft V helped me learn barre chords faster. I wish my 91' Martin HD-28 had the same neck. It has the skinny 'speed neck.'

I will go home & dig up some more info on this A-12. How much you looking at paying for the A-12 you are interested in?? I have been fascinated withe the wood, saying it's got to be good maple & Brazilian rosewood, when looking also at my Martin. This A-12 has a nice warm brown mohagony neck...I believe.

The wood on this A-12does not look like the WalMart cheapo looking guitar, that looks dry,white-ish, washed out with no depth of color. So it's a mystery when you look at price (1978-1979) being cheap, but the wood is good stuff.

I guess they dont make them like they use to. Here is a question for all of you....Do any of you remember any older NAME BRAND guitars that were cheap beginner type models, that were made of of bad wood? Today? Yes...sold at Sam's, KMart & Walmart?....That's why it is so hard to sell a guitar...cause you never know what it will be like years from now. Back in 79' what did I know!
Will get back to you with any more info I can get .

DANN's picture

Google search 'Mystery

Google search 'Mystery Guitar-Epiphone Acoustics-Epiphone Forums'

Or do a google search with 'epiphone A-10 acoustic' and you will get this specific forum page with info on the A-12....sorry I haven't learned how to post a web page here.

DANN's picture

Checked out the A-12 last

Checked out the A-12 last night. There is wood grain from the back showing completely threw the wood as you look inside the sound hole. So it is one piece, not a laminated sheeting of wood. As I said, the wood on this guitar is nice and warm looking. The bridge plate appears to be rosewood.

I changed the tuners in 1989, nine years after I bought it, and it stays in tune. The neck really is playable in the higher I was wrong in yesterday's post.
The key is using 10-46 strings, & keeping them clean & or new, to get great projection. I'd say it has better projection than a Gibson, which sound dull, & midrangey. The A-12 does not have the punch, bass, volume of my Martin HD-28 however.

The A-12 overall is well balanced in sound, with good projection & volume with new strings......It's like night and day when you change strings on this A-12. Hope that helps. Thanks. >> DANN