1966 Epiphone FT-79 Texan
Posted on August 08 2019
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-45 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 Epiphone FT-79 Texan from 1957 to 1969 essentially a long scale J-45 made on the exact same manufacturing line. This 1966 Epiphone FT-79 Texan is just out of the original owner's closet and in near mint condition. Repairs include a bridge reglue, custom bone nut and tiny, almost invisible crack repair next to the pickguard. All parts are original to the guitar except for the nut and strings. This one plays perfectly and has that long scale deep rumbly tone. The lacquer is soft without checking. It's clear that the original took great care with this guitar and played it sparingly. This Gibson made Epiphone Texan would be perfect for the collector or serious musician. The condition of the finish is a good indicator of future value for a collectible guitar. This guitar has been spared of the weather checking and heavy repairs that hurt the collectibility of the majority of vintage guitars. Call the number at the top of the screen or use the contact form on the right to speak with me directly about this clean 1966 Epiphone FT-79 Texan acoustic guitar.