Gibson began producing the FT-79 Texan immediately after the Epiphone buyout in 1957 by attaching leftover Epiphone necks to Gibson J-50 bodies. The result was essentially a long scale (25.5″) J-50 with powerful yet sweet Gibson slope shoulder tone. When the New York made Epiphone laminate necks started running out, Gibson designed a new Epiphone headstock, constructed the necks out of solid Mahogany but decided to keep the long scale length. The 1964 natural version of the Texan is the most popular because of its association with Paul McCartney and The Beatles.
This Kalamazoo made Epiphone Texan was manufactured in 1964 and matches all the specs of Paul’s guitar. Everything is original to the guitar except for the strings and correct era replacement Kluson tuners. The frets have very little wear and the neck is perfectly straight. The neck set and angle are just as they came from the factory. I see no signs of prior repairs except for a possible bridge reglue long ago. The guitar has no cracks or breaks. There is a small area of rash on the upper bass side of the headstock. There is a small dent in the finish on the lower bass side of the top and a small area of wear on the back of the neck. It comes with the original hard shell case with blue felt lining and a black exterior. The case has repaired handle hinges, a repaired latch and pad added to cover the other side of the latch.
This FT-79N Texan came from the son of the original owner (Ike Jr.) out of southern Mississippi. Ike Jr said that Ike Sr was a fan of old time and bluegrass music. He played this guitar from 1965 to 1970 when he bought a Martin D-28. The Texan was very rarely played after 1970.
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