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 Gibson Byrdland

Fancy Thinline Archtop

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Notes: Named after two Nashville guitarists, Billy Byrd and Hank Garland, the Byrdland is said to be the first model of Gibson's Thinline series announced at the same time as the ES 225 T back in 1955. Until 1960 the Byrdland was made with the Venetian or rounded cutaway, thereafter with Florentine cutaway. Very few of these early models exist, making these early Byrdlands highly sought after. Just one look and you'll be hooked on this legendary guitar!

Materials: 17" wide and 2 1/4" deep body with handcarved, fine grained solid Spruce top, solid Maple back and sides with highly figured tiger stripes, high-grade flamed Maple neck with two walnut stripes, bound pointed-end Ebony fretboard, nut width 1 11/16", scale lenghth 23,5" and 14/22 frets, pearl block position markers, L-5 style flower pot peghead inlay, multiple binding, pearl inlayed Ebony bridge base plate.

Hardware: Loop style trapeze tailpiece with Byrdland name engraved crossbar, Gold hardware, tortoise shell pickguard, fully adjustable ABR-1 bridge, Schaller M6 tuners with Gibson name on them, two Gibson '57 Classic humbucker pickups.

Facts: This stunning guitar was hand-built in the Gibson Custom Shop in the year 2009. Its label was signed on August, 17th. Basically the Byrdland has a thinner L-5 body with all its appointments but with a shorter scale and in this case it has a Florentine cutaway.

Condition: As new with all Gibson paper work and Certificate.

Playability: Very smoothly on its medium-wide, round neck. The short scale length is great for pulling off fast licks and single-note runs seem to jump out. A special guitar to play.

Tone: The Byrdland fits well with jazz, country and even rock with tones ranging from Ted Nugent to bebop a la Hank Garland. The short scale length also forces the pickups to be placed closer together, giving them a more blendable tone.

Case: New original Gibson hardshell case.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge round wound strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate heavier or lighter gauge strings, according to your preference.

To Summarize: From the flowerpot inlay on the headstock to the triple-loop tubular tailpiece, the thin-bodied Byrdland is definitely top of the line and just as fancy and elegant as the L-5CES. But because of not being as deep it is more comfortable to hold and play. A very versatile and extremely good looking guitar with hypnotizing flames in the most sought after and rare blonde finish.
What more can you ask for ?

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