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The Epiphone Texan of the 1960s is unique in the world of Gibson-made guitars. When CMI, Gibson’s parent company at the time, bought out the contents of Epiphone in the late 1950s and moved it to the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, they made a business decision to use the Epiphone name on necks with Epiphone design, and put them on some standard models of Gibson bodies. In the case of the Texan, also called the FT79N, necks with 25-1/4” scale with an Epiphone peghead and slightly narrower nut width of 1-9/16” were put directly onto Gibson J-50 bodies. This resulted in a J-45/50 kind of sound, but the longer scale gave it unusual power and strength. These are very desirable guitars and quite scarce today. The one I have here was made in 1966, the peak for this model. It is entirely original save for the nut, which is a definite improvement over the original Delrin. The adjustable bridge with cool white ceramic saddle, the Kluson tuning machines, and the smooth wider frets are all there and all terrific. The finish is of course original too. There is one minor, well-repaired top crack near each lower bout, both totally solid; I checked my own self. And now the best part: when you pick up this guitar and play it, it BOOMS, and a clear clean boom at that, the kind that can only come from an Epiphone Texan of the mid-60s and nowhere else. Think of the best 1960s J-45 or J-50 you ever played and multiply that by a lot and you’ve got it, cuts through all ranges and then keeps going. Here it is, with top-quality modern hard shell case for $2995 w/hsc

Matt Umanov Guitars

Matt Umanov Guitars

1966
Epiphone
Very Good
Natural
Hard
21 Years
Matt Umanov Guitars
Matt Umanov
(212) 675-2157
New York, NY
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