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Epiphone Texan FT-79

Flat top acoustic guitar

The Epiphone Texan was a model of jumbo flat top acoustic guitar, produced at Gibson's Kalamazoo plant between 1959 and 1969, shipping 7949 guitars in this 10 year period. The Texan was perhaps the best known of all Epiphone acoustic guitars, largely thanks to Beatle Paul McCartney who played the model during performances of Yesterday when the band played live in the mid-1960s. When Gibson took over production of the Epiphone brand in 1957, numerous older pre-Gibson guitars were revived, however many new models also appeared, often directly comparable to existing Gibson models. Becoming a Gibson stockist at this time was not easy, and there would be competition amongst dealers to win such a contract. By launching the Epiphone line, Gibson-owner CMI had the chance to increase their number of dealers, without diluting the exclusivity awarded to existing stockists. For more about the relationship between the Epiphone and Gibson brands in the 1960s, see this article on Gibson/Epiphone product alignment. The Texan was analogous to the Gibson J-45. Actually, pre-Gibson Epiphone had used the model code FT-79 previously, however that guitar, although sharing some of the same ornamentation, bore little resemblance to the Kalamazoo-era Texan, and never used the Texan name.

The Texan had a 16 1/4" wide x 20 1/4" long body, with a depth of 4 7/8", a rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays, 25 1/2" scale (compared to the 24 3/4" scale / dot inlays of the J-45) and 20 frets.

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The Epiphone Texan was described as follows in the 1962 Epiphone catalog

A jumbo flat top guitar with a booming voice, fine response, a fast-action neck, and many more fine features, exceptional at its popular price. Made with selected spruce top for finest resonance, mahogany back and rims. Mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod. Rosewood fingerboard with distinctive pearl inlays. Peghead with pearl-inlaid design and name. Attractive ivoroid purfling ring and large shell celluloid to pickguard. Rosewood adjustable bridge. Nickel-plated enclosed machine heads. An outstanding instrument!

It was available in Natural or Shaded finish, with a list price (July 1965, the peak year) of $175 for either finish - the same price as the Gibson J-45 at the same time.

Epiphone Texan shipping totals

A total of 7949 Epiphone Texans were shipped from the Kalamazoo plant in 10 years of production, with 1965 being the peak year. The break down of shipping statistics by year and finish are as follows. Note 1959 and 1960 show no Natural finish Texans shipped. It may be that these figures are incomplete, though more likely that the guitars were lumped together for these years, and the 1959 and 1960 data is for either finish - Natural 1959 Epiphone Texans certainly exist!

1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 TOTAL
FT79 Texan 193 125 63 113 256 813 840 381 935 597 174 4490
FT79 Texan Natural 116 122 318 690 786 606 454 186 181 3459
TOTAL 193 125 179 235 574 1503 1626 987 1389 783 355 7949
Paul McCartney with his Epiphone Texan, 1965

Paul McCartney and the Epiphone Texan

Paul McCartney bought his Natural finished Epiphone Texan in late 1964 - a right handed model that he flipped over and strung left handed. His mid-sixties live performances with this guitar gave the model immediate attention, but he also used it widely in the studio and for writing. In September he performed a solo version of Yesterday on the Ed Sullivan show to an audience of 73 million viewers.

Other notable users include Jimi Hendrix, Graham Nash and Noel Gallagher.

Epiphone Texan catalog appearances

Epiphone Texan reissues

From late 1970, a series of Japanese Epiphone flat tops, were sometimes given the designation Texan: the FT-145, FT-160 (Texan-12); though these were entirely different guitars to the FT-79 Texan. Typically with bolt-on neck, dot inlays and differing body dimensions. The name Texan appears on soundhole labels, but is never used in Epiphone literature, which sticks to FT-145/FT-160. These are acceptable guitars, but nowhere near as nice as the 1960s Kalamazoo-built set neck Epiphone Texan.

Due to the popularity of this model, more accurate versions have been reissued several times over the years, with production in the USA (Bozeman, Montana), Japan, and Indonesia, and some of these are really nice guitars, but nothing comes close to the feel of an original vintage Kalamazoo Texan!

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1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalog Hagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner President The President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional