The Beatles: Guitar Heroes 5

Share My Guitar is pleased to announce a new series of guest posts by John F. Crowley about guitars owned by members of the Beatles. Each week we will unleash another article covering the history and impact of these fab guitars.

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1964 Epiphone Texan FT-79 acoustic; Serial #194959

Purchased in December and first used on Help!, notably “Yesterday,” and other early Beatles songs. McCartney still has this instrument.

In 2005, Epiphone announced a run of 1,964 Texans to be built in Japan, as well as another 290 built at the Gibson facility in Montana under McCartney’s personal supervision, which makes them, according to a press release, “the first Epiphone acoustics to be constructed in the US for 35 years.

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The first production run of 40 was supervised by the ex-Beatle himself, with unique features including a ‘hand-aging’ process (to recreate every bump and ding of the original), sound-hole labels signed by Macca, a swanky display case and a certificate of authenticity. True to Sir Paul’s original, the Texans are right-hand models strung and set up for left-hand play, and even include the small gap between the back strip and centre block.”

  • Mickey Richardson

    John, I’m so used to thinking of Paul as a bassist and it’s cool too see that he is also a very good guitarist. Especially interesting that he played guitar before taking on bass! The Texan has a very classic look to it. Kinda reminds me of the Gibson J-45 or J-50.

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