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Epiphone Inspired By Texan. Reviews?

#1 User is offline   clarkuss 

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 07:04 AM

Anyone want to give a review of their Epiphone Texan? I'm thinking about buying one because they're so cheap but don't want to rush into it if the quality isn't there. I can't wait until some of these new guitars start making it into shops in the UK but looks like I'll have to special order anything if wanted...

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 09:54 AM

Cool. I didn't even know about this low-priced reissue. Thanks for the heads up.

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 05:52 AM

someone here bought a Texan made in china and didn't have much to complain except, that the action was a bit high....

if only his name would return to my memory and he could post pics of his wonderful guitar...

#4 User is offline   JohnMcClane5000 

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 10:36 AM

@ Cookieman: Please send us some more pictures of your beautiful Texan for us to drool upon...

You mentioned the action being too high.... How do you fix this? Trussrod-adjustments? filing down the grooves of the bridge?

#5 User is offline   cookieman15061 

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 12:37 PM

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At the moment these are the only shots I have as my daughter has borrowed my camera.

yes a little truss rod adjust and a little filing have improved playability.

#6 User is offline   pohatu771 

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 12:55 PM

I played one the other day and wasn't terribly impressed. Maybe calling it a Texan makes me expect some magical sound to come out of it, but it disappointed. The Elitist in stock was much better - but also sold for over twice the price.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 10:15 PM

but it's soooooooooooooooooooo beautiful.... How could it be that disappointing? Was it the playability? Or was it the sound that disappointed? If so, I might aswell buy the Korean J-45...

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 10:24 PM

[quote name='pohatu771]I played one the other day and wasn't terribly impressed. Maybe calling it a Texan makes me expect some magical sound to come out of it' date=' but it disappointed. The Elitist in stock was much better - but also sold for over twice the price.[/quote']

How did the necks compare? My Elitist is very narrow at the nut....
'74 Gibson ES-335 TD Walnut
'01 Fender Telecaster USA Standard
'84 Takamine N-10
'03 Epiphone Sheraton VS - Assembled in USA
'03 Epiphone '65 Texan Elite VS - Made at the Terada Musical Instrument Co., Japan
'05 Epiphone "non - McCartney" '64 Texan Acoustic Guitar - Made in USA





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Posted 11 November 2009 - 07:37 AM

I don't remember them feeling much different. The necks were about the same - quite within my range of comfort. Not as thick as my Martin... more along the lines of my Gibson LG-0, which makes sense. The Inspired had a thicker, stickier finish, while the Elitist was thinner and more comfortable - but that's to someone who prefers an unfinished neck whenever possible.

The Elitist had a much more "J-45" sound than the Inspired. It wasn't a J-45, but sounded much closer than the Inspired did. I was really trying to hear the "Yesterday" sound, like I'm sure many people are, the the Elitist did it much better than the Inspired did.

That said, I liked the way the Inspired looked - it was darker and had the vintage-style headstock, while the Elitist was a much lighter wood and had a more modern headstock. The Inspired did a good job of looking like a 1964 Texan, while the Elitist sounded more like one. They also have a signed USA Texan, but it's locked up and I didn't think it was worth asking for, since I wouldn't be able to buy it anyway.


Honestly, the best-sounding guitar I played in the store that day (which was limited to those two Texans and several $100 guitars, since that's the budget I was there with) was a Chinese-made Hofner dreadnought. If it weren't for what appeared to be an improperly-glued brace and possibly weak neck joint, I would have bought it on the spot. It sounded like the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe I played a few weeks ago.

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 09:59 PM

Hi, could you tell me where the jack socket is?
thanks

Alex

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 10:44 PM

Its in the bottom strap button.

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:50 AM

Well, there's at lot to be said, for "trying before you buy," especially with acoustic guitars!
The IB "Texan" I played, in a store in Wichita, recently, was GREAT! Beautiful full and warm
sounding, and very even tone/volume..string to string. I played both a sunburst, and "natural"
version. Finish was equal, on both...nicely done, and not too "thick/heavy" at all. So...like Any
other brand of acoustic guitar, they must vary some...instrument to instrument. I was really
tempted to buy it, as it's almost 200 dollars less, there, than on MF. For that price, it's a "steal!"
But, obviously, there are some that may be less, desirable, than anticipated. I'd say try out as
many, as you can...if the "Texan" is your desire!

CB

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 09:25 AM

can't try any out since there won't be any texans in Switzerland.... Damn it... I want one soooooooooo badly.... I'm even considering buying an 'artist' series hummingbird but I don't think these two babies compare............................. at all.....................................

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 11:32 AM

I got mine for $380 and it was a no brainer.

beautiful guitar at a beautiful price.

advantage cookieman!

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 03:23 PM

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I got mine for $380 and it was a no brainer.

beautiful guitar at a beautiful price.

advantage cookieman!




Yeah, that's what they were selling for, in this store I was in, too. Great price,
for that guitar!!

CB

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:23 PM

Thanks Cookieman, I'm gonna covert one to a lefty then!:-"

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 08:01 PM

One more thing!!! I'm trying to work out which Tusq compensated saddle I should get, I think its the TUSQ PQ9200-lo but need to be sure of the length of the saddle on the IB Texan. can anyone help please!! Cookieman???

Thanks alot for your help guys!!

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 08:31 AM

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...filing down the grooves of the bridge?


Actually, you'd only file the string grooves if they were'nt cut deep enough in the first place, & the string kept jumping out of the slot. To lower the action, remove the saddle from the guitar & rub the bottom (the part that sits in the bridge) on a piece of sandpaper you have placed on a flat surface. Go to Frets.com for more repair & maintenance info.

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 11:15 AM

Dang! The more I look at the pictures of good ol' Cookieman the more I want a Texan! Hey Cookie, would you mind taking a pic of the front and back of the headstock and posting them? I really want to see EVERYTHING of that guitar.... It's just breathtaking [cursing]

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 11:26 AM

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One more thing!!! I'm trying to work out which Tusq compensated saddle I should get, I think its the TUSQ PQ9200-lo but need to be sure of the length of the saddle on the IB Texan. can anyone help please!! Cookieman???

Thanks alot for your help guys!!


sorry for the delay in answering your question in bed all weekend with bad stomach flu.

The saddle looks to be 2 and 3/4 inches. Hope that helps.

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