Sir Paul Paints Texan for Giveaway

Seattle, WA (August 12, 2007) - Starbucks is giving away four special Epiphone Paul McCartney Texan acoustic guitars. The grand prize guitar is hand-painted and autographed by the Beatle himself, three other first prize guitars are autographed by McCartney.

Epiphone''s Paul McCartney Texan:
• Solid mahogany back/sides, Sitka Spruce top, and Rosewood fingerboard
• Vintage 1964 tapered dovetail neck joint and adjustable bridge saddle
• 25.5” Scale/1.68” Nut Width
• “Mother of Pearl” parallelogram fingerboards inlays with historic “Dot” headstock inlay
• “Mother of Pearl” vintage Epiphone logo on headstock
• Tortoise pickguard with original foil “E” logo
• Nickel Hardware
• Custom lightweight fabric-covered guitar case with McCartney’s signature and model name embroidered on the front
• Individually Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

Epiphone’s Texan replica guitars are modeled after the famous 1964 Texan that McCartney recorded “Yesterday” with. You probably recognize it from various McCartney performances and appearances. He played it on the Ed Sullivan show, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone with it and still includes it in his touring arsenal.

Paul''s original guitar was set up for a right hander so the pickguard is above the strings when McCartney plays it.

He bought the Kalamazoo, Michigan-made guitar from a New York music store in 1965. It’s unclear when exactly he put a Detroit Redwings sticker on it (Wings- get it?) but there’s an oft-told story about him putting it on there after a show in Detroit. As the story goes, he was very ill when playing the following show in Pittsburgh… so ill that he pulled a Spinal Tap move and addressed the crowd there as being the people of Detroit. They forgave him and didn’t boo, apparently.

Sir Paul worked with Epiphone to make sure that every original detail was replicated accurately, right down to the off-white grain filler, side dots on the fingerboard and even a small gap between the inside back strip and the head block. The original Texan was not an incredibly high-end guitar, it listed for $175 at the time. However, as many famous guitar stories go, there was just something about it... it was an incredibly sweet sounding guitar and McCartney’s was particularly special. He fell in love with it his and played it into the annals of six string history. Gibson, Epiphone’s parent company since 1957, has reissued the guitar three times over the years. The latest reissue has a production run of 1,964 guitars and is made by Epiphone’s Elitist series luthiers in Japan.

A portion of the profits Epiphone makes on the guitar will be donated to Adopt-A-Minefield, a charity organization that raises awareness and money to clear minefields and rehabilitate landmine victims.

Starbucks is accepting online entries for the hand-painted and autographed Texans, with the winners to be notified in mid-September. McCartney’s latest album, “Memory Almost Full,” is the first global release by Hear Music, a label created by Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music Group.

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