Late night host and master of ceremonies, Jay Leno, presented the first Paul McCartney Signature Epiphone Texan guitar for auction at the Adopt-A-Minefield Benefit Gala held in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 16th and hosted by Paul and Heather McCartney. The Epiphone guitar built to replicate McCartney's very own Texan was sold for $50,000 with all proceeds benefitting the charity.

The guitar auctioned was the first of a limited run of 40 hand-built Epiphones, which will be produced in the United States by Gibson under the supervision and direction of Sir Paul McCartney himself. Epiphone has been a part of the Gibson family of brands since 1957, and McCartney’s original guitar was made in the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1964. He played it in the recording studio and on his famous performance of the Beatles hit “Yesterday” on the Ed Sullivan TV show on August 14, 1965. The first 40 of the new Texans are hand-aged to replicate the playing wear on McCartney’s Texan.

The second run of Texans will be limited to 250 guitars, which will be mirror-images of McCartney’s guitar. His is a right-handed instrument that he plays left-handed, reversing the strings; the new guitars will be lefty guitars set up for right-handed players. A third run of 1,964 Texans will be hand-crafted in Japan.

(ED Note: See related story HERE.)