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Has anyone here played one of these or heard anything about them? They're $3399 Can or $ 2720 U.S. so they're no bargain, 

but are they worth looking into? It almost seems that Gibson is competing with itself.

I'd be interested in any views around here.

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It's basically a long scale J-45. Maybe slightly punchier than a Standard due to the longer scale?

Standard modern Gibson neck measurements rather than the original Texan's 1 5/8 nut.

Oh and Gibson decided apparently to squash down (shorten) the headstock too on the reissue.

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If I was in the market for a new guitar, I’d be seriously considering one of these. I had an Inspired By ‘64 Texan for several years and loved it. Long scale slopes are few and far between of course, and if a USA Texan has a similar feel to my Maple AJ I would no doubt love it. Way beyond my pocketbook at the moment, but definitely a guitar I would consider in the future, if they stay in production.

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I’m in the UK and managed to pick a sunburst one last August inbetween lockdowns. After years of the IB 64 and then the Frampton one and the masterbuilt I was mad when they released this as I had to have it. I have a J160 and a J45TV and this texan kinda falls inbetween the 2 somewhere soundwise. I have played it a helluva lot and the electrics are fantastic too. It’s a punchy sound right enough.  It really is well made and I reckon they’ve had fun in Montana producing something different, historical and unique. You get the Gibson documents, headstock stamp and all the usual goodies with it in a nice grey case.Recommended.

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I've had one for almost a year. It has almost completely replaced my Gibson J-45 unless I'm in a mood. It's based on a 1962-1963 Texan, but without the adjustable saddle or plastic bridge.

You can look at it as an expensive Epiphone and be disappointed in the price, or as an average-priced Gibson with different branding.

I wouldn't say that Gibson is "competing with itself." The market for these isn't to get people buying $500 Epiphones to suddenly spend $2700; it's to provide people buying $2700 Gibsons an opportunity to buy an Epiphone that is to the same standard as their Gibsons. The Texan is an iconic model that doesn't have a direct Gibson equivalent, falling between the J-45 and Advanced Jumbo in specs. There have been two other Bozeman-produced Texans; once in 1993 and once in 2005. (Likewise, there were also Bozeman-made Frontiers in 1993, Nashville-produced Sheratons and Rivieras in 1994, and Casinos in 1996).

If you're interested in Bozeman-made Epiphone acoustic models, keep an eye out...

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On 4/18/2021 at 12:32 PM, CAMELEYE said:

It's basically a long scale J-45. Maybe slightly punchier than a Standard due to the longer scale?

Standard modern Gibson neck measurements rather than the original Texan's 1 5/8 nut.

Oh and Gibson decided apparently to squash down (shorten) the headstock too on the reissue.

Like the Epi FT-79 which in Gibson's hands became the Texan, the nut width was actually a hair wider than 1 5/8" the specs called for so virtually indistinguishable from a 1 11/16" nut.

The main difference, between an original and a reissue, of course, is going to be the bracing.  Gibson never made a Texan with scalloped bracing. 

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