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McCartney made this guitar famous for a reason

Jul 29, 2003 (Updated Aug 5, 2003)
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Pros:Sound, neck

Cons:Difficulty adjusting bridge to avoid string buzz. I compensate by using 10's

The Bottom Line: Very simply, this is the acoustic guitar I'd recommend to anyone looking for a professional sounding acoustic guitar.


I know this site says there is no info available on The Texan, but Musician's Friend catalogs it at $729. Mine is a 1968 vintage sunburst picked up in 1976 at a pawn shop. I have never played a better-sounding 6-string acoustic in the 27 years except for maybe a Martin. I've seen pictures of McCartney playing a Martin in 1968 for the White Album sessions but he has since returned to the Texan he made famous in 1965 when he recorded "Yesterday." The question is, what qualities does this guitar have that merit that switch? This is only conjecture, of course. The sound is rich and full, not tinny like the inexpensive guitars Epiphone makes. The playability is unreal--the thin neck rivals the neck of my 1986 Gibson ES 335 studio model (no f holes). And its deep tobacco sunburst is compellingly beautiful. One would have to read the ad in Musician's Friend or American Musical Supply for specs on the wood and what those contribute to the sound. I'm assuming they've fixed the adjustable bridge problem, and I think it now has an electric pickup. I guess what I'd emphasize is that the neck, action, and sound are as good as much more expensive models from Fender, Yamaha, Seagull, Ibanez, Washburn--guitars of your friends you pick up casually or try out in a guitar store. If it can be had for $350 I'd grab it again; If lost or stolen I'd settle for nothing less than another Texan.


Recommend this product? Yes

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