This personally autographed (14 of 40) Limited Edition Paul McCartney 1964 Texan is a replica of the famous guitar that he used to record “Yesterday” and that he performed with on the Ed Sullivan Show. Sir Paul has worked with Epiphone to ensure that every detail of his original ’64 Texan (which he still owns and uses today) is historically accurate – from the Antique Natural lacquer finish to the “C” shaped Mahogany neck. Each of these guitars is individually numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity and a custom Ultralight Hardcase.
This is the third and final series of Epiphone McCartney Signature Texans. Celebrating the year of the Beatles historic performance on the Ed Sullivan show, this series is limited to only 1,964 instruments worldwide and is hand-crafted in Japan by the luthiers who make Epiphone’s acclaimed Elitist series guitars. These guitars feature the finest solid mahogany and Sitka spruce available. The neck is fitted just as it was in 1964, with a tapered “dovetail” joint. The lacquer finish has been custom mixed to exactly match the color and sheen of a 1964 Epiphone Texan. Sir Paul worked with Epiphone to ensure every detail has been replicated, right down to the off-white grain filler, side dots on the fingerboard, and even the small gap between inside back strip and the head block (a detail McCartney himself pointed out during the design phase).
“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.”
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.