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Photos of my '58 Texan


Larry1958Texan

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Yours appears to have one of the "old stock" three-piece necks with French heel that Gibson found among the parts they got when they bought the original Epiphone Co. (then in Philly). They used that stuff (and stuff like Epiphone's small single-coil "NY" pick ups, which they put in electrics, etc.) until the stock was all gone, and replaced with Gibson-spec parts. Later Texans would have a solid mahogany neck (and electrics would get Gibson's mini-humbucker, which was designed to fit into the space of Epiphone's pick up).

 

The headstock shape is interesting, too: it's the same as the one on McCartney's Casino, but not his Texan, which is newer than yours.

 

Thanks for the photos. Gorgeous instrument.

 

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Sweet

 

Just curious - does the guitar have a Gibson FON on the neck block? I have heard about this as the pre-1960 Gibson Texans were pretty much a J-50 body with an Epi neck slapped on them. I have that guitar's older brother. Looks more like a Guild F-50 than a Gibson J-50.

 

@ ZW,the numbers on the neck block are, 1st digit not clear, either 2 or z, then 5832 21. If you know what this means please enlighten me.

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@ ZW,the numbers on the neck block are, 1st digit not clear, either 2 or z, then 5832 21. If you know what this means please enlighten me.

 

 

The four digits followed by two does appear to be a Gibson FON that you would find on a guitar between the early 1950s and early 1960s. The first digit which you say is either a Z or a 2 though is a puzzler. On a 1950s Gibson that first digit should be a letter. Z though indicates an instrument built in 1952. The FON on a 1959 guitar would begin with a S.

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The four digits followed by two does appear to be a Gibson FON that you would find on a guitar between the early 1950s and early 1960s. The first digit which you say is either a Z or a 2 though is a puzzler. On a 1950s Gibson that first digit should be a letter. Z though indicates an instrument built in 1952. The FON on a 1959 guitar would begin with a S.

 

 

I was just taking a guess since there's very little of the first digit visible. It could also be a "R".

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