|Serial Number||801119, built 1966 in Kalamazoo, Michigan|
|Pricing||$2499.99 CND with case. SOLD|
|Neck||Mahogany neck with unbound rosewood fingerboard, parallellogram mother of pearl position markers.|
|Frets||Medium frets with some wear in the lower positions.|
|Body||Advanced-Jumbo slope shoulder design with bound and purfled spruce top, bound mahogany back and sides. The original adjustable-saddle bridge has been replaced with a rosewood part with bone saddle. The Tortoise pickguard is likely not original, though it has the correct shape and size; the originals had the Epiphone logo. There is a small pickguard shrinkage crack common to guitars of this era. Some play wear on the top.|
|Finish||Original clear lacquer finish, with much checking (expected on an instrument of this age).|
|Hardware/electronics||non-original Kluson deluxe tuners with metal buttons (as would be found on 1967 models), bone saddle has been shaped for compensation on the B string, strap pin added to the heel.|
|Playability/Action||Plays very well at a standard action height. The bridge has been shaved in the past.|
|Comments||This wonderful old piece is still very playable. Epiphone Texans of this period were fully pro-level guitars, and indeed were the most expensive slope-shoulder model in the Gibson line. You can hear them on many Beatles tunes after 1964; one of the most famous examples is Yesterday.The slope shoulder design slightly reduces the amount of bottom end, evening out the tonal response. Overall, this is a great guitar with a great sound, and a place in musical history.|
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