In late 1964, at the time Paul McCartney purchased his Epiphone Casino, he also acquired a right-handed 1964 Epiphone Texan FT-79 (Flat Top model 79) in a Natural finish.
After modifying the guitar for left-handed playing, McCartney used the Texan for much of his acoustic work, most famously the recording of “Yesterday” and also for a live performance on the Ed Sullivan show. He still uses this guitar today for recording and live performance.
The Epiphone Company was purchased by Gibson’s parent company in 1957. The former rival decided to make Epiphone their budget line.
The 1964 Texan is a slope shouldered flat top acoustic guitar very similar to the Gibson J45. In fact, the same craftsman built both guitar models in the Kalamazoo, Michigan factory on the same assembly line.
Other than the name and headstock shape, the other main difference is that the J45 has a shorter 24.75" scale length, compared to the 25.5" scale of the Texan.
One interesting feature of Paul McCartney’s Texan is that it originally had a plastic bridge with an adjustable ceramic saddle. This was McCartney’s set up during the Beatles era. Sometime later, he had his Texan’s current rosewood bridge with a fixed saddle installed likely in an effort to improve intonation.
In addition, The Texan is the only guitar that Paul McCartney has ever officially endorsed to-date.
In 2004/5, McCartney allowed Gibson to replicate his original 1964 Texan. Three limited editions were released (40 USA made special aged/reliced versions with McCartney’s actual autograph on the face of the guitar; 250 made in the USA with McCartney’s actual signature on the blue sound hole label; and 1,964 made in Japan with a copy of McCartney’s signature on the sound hole label). In return, Gibson made a sizable donation to the Adopt-A-Minefield charity.
The 1964 Epiphone Texan FT-79 in our collection is identical to the one Paul McCartney originally received and used during the Beatles years. Like his, our Texan is also set up for left handed playing.
Take a look at the cool strap similar to the one on McCartney’s Texan back in the 1960’s!

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Paul McCartney with his 1964 Epiphone Texan during rehearsals for The Ed Sullivan Show.

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