1958 Epiphone FT-79 Texan - $5,900 (Ringgold)

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condition: good
make / manufacturer: Epiphone
model name / number: FT-79 Texan
FOR SALE: 1958 Epiphone FT-79 Texan. $5,900.

I bought from dealer in 2013 who acquired it from family of original owner who passed away in 2012. Plenty of finish checking, wear in the right places, some dings, and some worming on back but no buckle rash. Perhaps some overspray applied to a portion of neck long ago. NO CRACKS anywhere. Appears to never have had a neck reset and doesn't need one. All original -- frets, bridge pins, tuners, nonadjustable bridge, brass truss rod cover -- except for newer bone nut and saddle installed by Bob Chuckrow, luthier to Norman Blake. Bob has also been the sole luthier to maintain this guitar for the past 12 years with regular checkups. Although he's urged me not sell this special instrument, I just don't play anymore, and it needs a good home.

In case you don't know, 1958 is the first year of the Gibson-owned Epiphone line, all models manufactured in Kalamazoo, MI, by Gibson employees, alongside all Gibson guitars using the same tools and materials. This particular Texan consists of a 1956 Gibson J50 body mated to an Epiphone "New York" long-scale neck, complete with the elegant French heel.

I doubt you'll ever hear a J45 or J50 sound like this, the long scale giving a louder voice with an unexpectedly strong bottom end, but still remaining balanced and articulate overall. After I first experienced this guitar I couldn't sell my Santa Cruz slope-shoulder fast enough -- no comparison. This old wood just knows what to do.

Always babied in climate-controlled, non-smoking environment and humidified routinely as needed. Includes fully functioning OHSC in good condition but missing key.

Serious inquiries only please. If ad is up it's available. Thank you.

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