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NEW GUITAR DAY - 1963 EPI TEXAN - Revisiting My Youth

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by brookdalebill, Oct 30, 2020.

  1. brookdalebill

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    Today I bought/traded for a 1963 Epiphone Texan!
    I had one for 20 years, between 1975-1995.
    That’s between my ages of 18 to 38.
    My first one was also a 1963 model, and had a natural finish.
    It was my first really good acoustic, and was my prized possession the entire time I owned it.
    I pawned it for $500 when I lived in Pr. George, BC, and was unable to reclaim it.
    I wrote my first songs on it, and it was my only acoustic guitar all that while.
    My “new” one is a sunburst (like Frampton’s), is in far better shape, and is 100% original.
    Both of my Texans had the original (crappy) plastic bridge.
    My new one had the original (crappy) grey chipboard case.
    Both have my preferred “short“ headstock, and 1 11/16 nut width.
    I’ll put a non adjustable rosewood bridge on it ASAP.
    I did the same with my first.
    To say I’m happy is a huge understatement!
    I’m 18 again!
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    Beauty! Congrats.

    I had a 63 J45 with the plastic bridge a few years back. The wood bridge does make a big difference.
     
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    Ooohhh sunburst is an upgrade!
     
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    WOW! Congrats! I'm very happy for you! I'll bet it sounds great. I love them old Epi's.
     
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    oh wow Bill too cool...I know you loved that ole epi from back in the day.......I have been hoping you got a chance to try out the new made in USA texans to give me the lowdown...I found one a couple hours from home in a shop that I will soon venture out to try.

    Your new Texan is a true beauty...enjoy it
     
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    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Congrats, Bill! She’s a beauty!!
     
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    Very nice
     
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    Ron R Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Congrats!
     
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    Congratulations! My 1961 Texan is my "cold dead hands" acoustic. I'm happy for you.
     
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    Nice one, congrats!
     
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    So cool! Congrats :cool:
     
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    Man! Congrats! It's beautiful.
     
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    Texan has a longer scale length than the equivalent J45/J50, right?
     
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    Looks like somebody put that sweet baby to bed every night with loving care. Very nice!
     
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    Your message brought to mind the lyric "I'm 18 and I like it"
    Serious congratulations on a beautiful guitar!
     
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    You are correct, sir.
    They are roughly 3/4 inch longer, 25 1/2 inch, like Fenders, or Martins.
    I was hipped to Epi Texans when I was a kid, by the late Larry Jameson, co-founder of Guitar Rez.
    Texans were common/popular in the Texas Old Time Fiddlers contest circuit.
    My Dad was a contest fiddler, and usually placed in the top three.
    I accompanied him countless times in my youth.
    Their longer scale makes them “cut” a little better than J45s and J50s.
     
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    It’s funny how objects can take us back in time. It’s a great feeling for us, ahem, older folks.

    Have fun being 18 again and I hope the feeling lasts as long as you have that beautiful guitar!
     
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    Amazing! Congrats - don’t stay out too late, young man!
     
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    Wow! Lightning can strike the same guy twice! Congrats, Bill. In my present financial state, I cannot afford the reissue Epiphone's come out with, but I am tempted by it. To get an original, twice, is awesome!
     
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    Thanks for all the kind responses!

    P.S.
    I had a busy day of running around, but I just spent a couple of hours with it.
    It sounds glorious, as did my first one.
    It is very even, balanced, and loud.
    The frets are perfect, no wear whatsoever.
    It also intonates beautifully, and is comfortable to play all over the neck.
    It is strung with lights, and though I usually use mediums, I keep lights on it, especially with this bridge on it.
    I wish my wine bar gig was happening.
    It gets iffy this time of year anyway.
    Anyways, I feel like I won the lottery!
     
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