NASHVILLE, TN.- 2023 marks the 150th anniversary of Epiphone, a leading
innovator in instrument design. By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into
the future, Epiphone has now set the stage for the next era of sound for
present and future generations. Epiphone is proud to announce a partnership
with acclaimed musician and songwriter, Chris Stapleton, with the new Epiphone
Chris Stapleton Frontier. A rare Epiphone acoustic guitar, made in the USA and
hand-crafted in the storied Gibson Acoustic factory in Bozeman, Montana by
Gibson’s expert acoustic luthiers. The Chris Stapleton Frontier from Epiphone
is now available worldwide at authorized Epiphone dealers, and on

“Epiphone has done an incredible job of getting every detail as it
should be on this instrument, and I can tell you firsthand it’s stage worthy
and will get the job done at any venue you want to play in. It’s a work of art
that does the work.” –Chris Stapleton

“It’s an honor to have Chris join our family as a signature artist to
represent and celebrate the 150th anniversary of Epiphone,” says Beth
Heidt, VP of Cultural Influence at Gibson Brands-Global. “He continues to
inspire and push boundaries through his incredible artistry.”

This USA-built Epiphone Frontier is the perfect partner for Stapleton’s
distinctive and soulful voice. The Chris Stapleton Frontier features a
thermally aged Sitka spruce top, figured maple back and sides, and stunning,
double-engraved pickguards with the iconic Frontier lariat design and cactus
motif. The Epiphone Chris Stapleton Frontier comes with its own Custom
Hardshell Case with Pink Interior and an intricate Tooled Exterior, only 300
guitars will be crafted for this special limited-edition run.

Kentucky-born Chris Stapleton is an 8x Grammy, 15x CMA and 10x ACM
Award-winner and one of America’s most respected and beloved musicians. Most
recently, he was named CMA Male Vocalist of the Year for the sixth
time–setting the record for the most wins ever in the category. Stapleton’s
most recent album Starting Over, also recently won Best Country Album at the
67th Annual GRAMMYs as well as earning Album of the Year honors at both the
54th Annual CMA Awards and the 56th ACM Awards. The record follows Stapleton’s
pair of Platinum-certified releases from 2017, From a Room: Volume 1 and From A
Room: Volume 2, as well as his x5 Platinum breakthrough solo debut album,

Above: the Epiphone Chris Stapleton Frontier.

The FT-110 debuted in 1939 and it was renamed the Frontier after Gibson
acquired Epiphone in 1958. It was the first square-shouldered dreadnought made
in Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory, predating the Dove and Hummingbird models. The
Frontier acquired its iconic Rope & Cactus pickguard in 1961 and it was
made until 1970, returning for a few select limited runs in the 1990s and 2000s
and eventually returning to the core lineup in 2019.

At the literal frontier between country and rock ‘n’ roll, the Frontier
was an integral part of both Tom Petty’s classic album Damn the Torpedoes, as
wells as, Noel Gallagher’s epic playing on Oasis’ second album What’s The Story
Morning Glory. Other well-known Frontier players include Sheryl Crow, Graham
Parsons, Mick Taylor, Bones Owens, and Greene Wall, among others.

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