Gibson Guitar announced the release of the new Epiphone Paul McCartney Texan guitar, a replica of the famous guitar that he used to record “Yesterday.”
The first two runs, of 40 and 250 instruments, will be hand-built by Gibson’sAcoustic Division in Bozeman, Montana, under the supervision and direction of Sir Paul McCartney himself. Although Epiphone today is Gibson’s leading import line, Sir Paul’s original Texan was built in the U.S. and he specified that the limited-edition Texans also be Made in the USA. The Gibson Montana and Epiphone staffs are working closely to combine their talents in producing the guitars that symbolize McCartney’s artistry and music.
The first 40 Texans will be hand-aged to replicate the playing wear on McCartney’s guitar and each instrument will come with an autograph by Sir Paul, cherry wall mounted display case, numbered certificate of authenticity and custom carrying case. These will be right-handed guitars that are strung and set up for left-handed play, just like McCartney’s.
“It's exciting to have my old guitar reproduced by Gibson,” said McCartney.
“It’s exact and what’s more it sounds great.”
“Working with such a legendary artist and extraordinary human being on this guitar is remarkable,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “We are very lucky to have the opportunity to collaborate with Sir Paul McCartney and look forward to many more years of experiences with him.” A second run of 250 McCartney Epiphone Texans will be mirror-images of McCartney’s guitar – with the serial number labels signed by Sir Paul McCartney, custom case and numbered certificate of authenticity. They will be available as both right and left handed guitars.
Following the U.S. limited editions, a third series will be produced in Japan and limited to 1,964 guitars, celebrating the year of the Beatles historic performance on the Ed Sullivan show.
Sir Paul worked with Epiphone to ensure that every detail of his original 1964 Texan from the correct finish and neck shape down to the small gap between the back strip and the center block were replicated correctly!
In September 2004 the first new Epiphone Texan produced was auctioned at the Adopt-A-Minefield Gala in Los Angeles which was hosted by Sir Paul and his wife Heather Mills McCartney. The #001 guitar was auctioned for $50,000. Epiphone has been a part of the Gibson family of brands since 1957, and McCartney’s original guitar was made in the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1964. The guitar, serial number 194959, was officially a model FT-79N (N for natural finish), that had left the Gibson factory on May 23, 1964. McCartney bought it in New York in 1965. Gibson Montana, is the acoustic division of Gibson Guitar based in Bozeman, Montana.
Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins and banjos. Gibson’s digital guitar represents the biggest advance in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Chickering and Wurlitzer.