Thanks to Premier Guitar
for naming the new Epiphone Lil' Tex and the Kramer SM-1 among their coveted NAMM Editor's Picks
. Editor John Bohlinger loved the Lil’ Tex, the soon-to-be announced travel-sized acoustic/electric inspired by the legendary Texan.
“It’s a tiny guitar but it’s tuned to standard and it sounded great--even on the noisy floor of NAMM and it looks just like a Texan," noted Bohlinger. "It felt so good and it looked so cool. It’s a great homage to a great guitar.”
The Lil’ Tex Travel Acoustic/Electric Outfit captures the classic look and sound of the iconic Epiphone Texan acoustic but is sized to go anywhere. An ideal guitar for new players, the Lil' Tex features a Solid Spruce Top in a traditional Faded Cherry finish, a Mahogany neck, Epiphone hardware, and a Granadillo bridge. A gigbag is included. See your Authorized Epiphone Dealer for details.
The FT79, later renamed the Texan after Epiphone merged with Gibson, went into producution in low quanitites in early 1942. The 16" wide acoustic had the basic profile of the popular Gibson J-45. The FT79 was likely on the drawing board at Epiphone's New York headquarters in 1941 when the United States entered World War II and most instrument production shut down for lack of materials. There is a good chance the future Texan was the among the last--if not the
last--Epiphone designed under the guidance of founder Epi Stathopoulo who died in 1943. After Epiphone merged with Gibson in 1957, the FT79 was renamed the "Texan" and was a featured instrument at the 1958 NAMM show when the new-Epiphone made its formal debut. Over the decades, the Texan has changed little since Paul McCartney and Peter Frampton
purchased their Texans in London.
The new Kramer SM-1 introduces the Kramer name to a new generation with a double cutaway Mahogany body, Ebony fingerboard, Seymour Duncan™ Cool Rail™ and JB™ humbucker pickups, a Floyd Rose™ 1000 Series Tremolo, and a Floyd
Rose™ R2 Lock Nut.
Check out all of Premier Guitar's
favorites, read our feature on the history of the Texan
and look for Lil' Tex and the Kramer SM-1 soon at your Authorized Epiphone Dealer.