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Epiphone Elitist Byrdland Guitar  

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    One of the all-time most-revered hollowbodies with astounding appointments and peerless tone.

    A solid spruce carved top and AAA flamed maple back and sides plus precision craftsmanship and USA humbuckers result in the sumptuous tone of the Epiphone Elitist Byrdland Guitar. Features 24K gold-plated hardware, an ebony fretboard, and a gorgeous flaming-chalice headstock inlay. Easy-play 23-1/2" scale and thinline body.

    Features

    • Solid spruce arched top
    • Ebony fingerboard
    • AAA flamed maple back and sides
    • 5-piece maple/rosewood set neck
    • 50SR USA humbucker at the neck
    • 50ST USA humbucker at the bridge
    • 1-11/16" bone nut
    • Thinline body

    Craftsmanship worthy of the Epiphones from the '30s. Don't miss your chance to own greatness. Order today.

     
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    4.7

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    Amazing...Better than Gibson

    I love this guitar. I would have preferred the sunburst but the natural has grown on me. The quality exudes. I have a Guild custom Peregrine, Taylor 414 LE, Gibson Les Paul...Read complete review

    I love this guitar. I would have preferred the sunburst but the natural has grown on me. The quality exudes. I have a Guild custom Peregrine, Taylor 414 LE, Gibson Les Paul Studo Plus, Fender HH Tele, '63 Chet Atkins Tennessean, John Lee Hooker 64 Sheraton reissue (US assembled), DeArmond T400, and Guild Starfire III along with a Guild Jumbo and a couple of Madeira's. This guitar is the sweetest, the most fun, the classiest. I went through 3 Gibson 335's and none of them touched the quality of the two Epiphones (this one and the JLH). My luthier went nuts. One design flaw, I had to glue down the bottom of the pick guard.My luthier said it rivaled the quality of any Gibson he had seen. It is really too bad that Japan is kicking tail on US manufacturers. They had better wake up because Koria and China passing them too. Right now, my favorite guitars are the Epi's and the Korean tele (which is unbelievable quality). I am fortunate enough to be able to by Gibson if I wanted, but this quality excells. I am blown away by what Epiphone has done. I just hope Gibson steps up instead of pulling back Epiphone because these make them look bad.

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    Epiphone Elite Byrdland

    This is a great guitar, but the radius of the bridge does not match the radius of the neck.Once you raise the third and fourth string bridge saddles a little, the problem goes...Read complete review

    This is a great guitar, but the radius of the bridge does not match the radius of the neck.Once you raise the third and fourth string bridge saddles a little, the problem goes away.

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    5.0

    Amazing guitar for the money.

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I recieved my Epiphone Byrdland Elitist in natural finish with gold hardware about a month ago. I must say that I was amazed at the guitarfor the money I paid. The set-up was perfect aswell as the fit and finish.I own many accoustics and jazz boxes. I play mostly Chord Melody's and Jazz solos. I am normally drawn more to a nylon string accoustic but this guitar has really gotten my attention. Compared to a Gibson L-4 CES I own I actually like playing the Epiphone Byrdland a little better. It would be a really interesting test to blindfold a better than average player and plug the Epiphone in and compare the sound and playability to comparable Gibsons. Don't get me wrong I have two Gibsons that I really like playing and they are great guitars. There is just something about this Epiphone Byrdland that says play me.

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    5.0

    Great guitar!

    By STEVE LAURY-3NbnA

    from Az. and CA.

    Hello Musicains Friend,I just finished an extensive recording project for Sony music. I used my Epiphone Byrdland Elitist guitar for about 85% of these recordings. The studio staff and producers were completely and totally blown away by the tone and warmth this guitar.For all Gibson purists, you need to check out the Epiphone Byrdland Elitist before you spend a fortune on a over priced gibson archtop.....In my opinion, It's one of the best archtop "production" guitars made today.

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    5.0

    Great guitar!

    By STEVE LAURY-3NbnA

    from Az. and CA.

    Hello,I just finished an extensive recording project for Sony music. I used my Epiphone Byrdland Elitist guitar for about 85% of these recordings. The studio staff and producers were completely and totally blown away by the tone and warmth this guitar.For all Gibson purists, you need to check out the Epiphone Byrdland Elitist before you spend a fortune on a over priced gibson archtop.....In my opinion, It's one of the best archtop "production" guitars made today.Sincerely,Steve Laury

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    5.0

    Epiphone Elitist Byrdland

    By Eli-TjSHd

    from Hawaii

    For over 28 years I have dreamt of having a Byrdland. And now that Epiphone makes a Byrdland as wonderful as a Gibson...I am totally joyful! And at a price that I could afford! The pickups on all the Epi Elitists are made by Gibson for Epi..and these are similar to the 490 's that Gibson makes for it's guitars. The Spruce top and Maple sides and back and Maple neck and Ebony fingerboard are woods even the Great Stradivari(Stadivarius) used for his guitars and of course except the Ebony fingerboard ..used for his violins...or maybe he did use Ebony too ?? I put D'Addario's .011 Chromes on my Byrdland and set the action and glued the pickguard and tightened some pickup mount screws and now this guitar is so Smooth !! Wonderful for chord extensions and fast riffs ... The people at the Terada Factory in Japan did an awesome job on my guitar made last year in May. I even like the Grover Emperial tuners on the Byrdland..which remind me of Jimmy D'Aquisto's and D'Angelo's tuners. And the sound of these guitars are heavenly!!!

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    5.0

    The best investment I've ever made.

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This is simply a superb instrument. This is a musician's instrument, as only a musician would be able to appreciate its character fully. Let me say that this is not a versitle instrument, nor is it meant to be. It is, in my opinion, best for jazz and maybe blues depending on how modern of a sound you want. The tone is, in my experience, matched by few and surpassed by none. This is one of the cleanest guitars I have ever owned. It overdrives fairly well, but I rarely do so. Like almost every full hollowbody, it has nasty feedback sometimes. Do not expect any sort of heavy tones out of this, click the back button if you want a good clean guitar as well as a good rock guitar. The craftsmanship on this guitar is perfect. Action, perfect. Intonation, perfect. The only thing I have had to do is reglue the pickguard, a minor task. I have also observed that there has been absolutely no tarnishing of the gold hardware (this fact is important since I live in New Orleans and we have high humidity most of the year). String it up with flatwounds if you like for great clean tone. I applaud you Epiphone.

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    5.0

    Amazing...Better than Gibson

    By Doc Ward

    from Mount Dora, FL

    I love this guitar. I would have preferred the sunburst but the natural has grown on me. The quality exudes. I have a Guild custom Peregrine, Taylor 414 LE, Gibson Les Paul Studo Plus, Fender HH Tele, '63 Chet Atkins Tennessean, John Lee Hooker 64 Sheraton reissue (US assembled), DeArmond T400, and Guild Starfire III along with a Guild Jumbo and a couple of Madeira's. This guitar is the sweetest, the most fun, the classiest. I went through 3 Gibson 335's and none of them touched the quality of the two Epiphones (this one and the JLH). My luthier went nuts. One design flaw, I had to glue down the bottom of the pick guard.My luthier said it rivaled the quality of any Gibson he had seen. It is really too bad that Japan is kicking tail on US manufacturers. They had better wake up because Koria and China passing them too. Right now, my favorite guitars are the Epi's and the Korean tele (which is unbelievable quality). I am fortunate enough to be able to by Gibson if I wanted, but this quality excells. I am blown away by what Epiphone has done. I just hope Gibson steps up instead of pulling back Epiphone because these make them look bad.

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    5.0

    epiphone elite byrdland

    By Bruce Henkin

    from Calabasas, California

    I've owned dozens of Gipson?s, almost all full hollow bodies, 175s, L-5s, super 400, L-7s, etc. The quality, fit and finish of this guitar are equal or better than any of them, just perfect, and beautiful to gaze upon. The pickups are American made, sound more focused and mid-range than Gibson '57s. The tone here is a bit different than a full hollow body, but probably much better suited to amplification because the shallower body (besides being more comfortable) eliminates some of the objectionable acoustic responses that get amplified with a big body. Too bad Gibson's Byrd land costs thousands more and is no better than this, but thank you Epiphone for delivering a gorgeous professional quality instrument for affordable money.

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    4.0

    Best guitar I've ever owned

    By Steve Walton SR

    from A stones throw from South Philly

    I sold my 2 gibsons to buy this beauty. The sound is unbelievable. Plays so easy. Been playing now for 4 decades and have owned a wide varity of guitars. This is my main ax. My back ups are 2 old Epi emperors from the solid top era. Came with a great case, packed well and properly set up. This is a must buy for the serious guitar player. Forget the fact that it is not USA made. That was a big factor in my guitar choices. Not now. My emperors are not USA, but they may as well be. The BYRDLAND may be made in Japan, but the quality is, I hate to say, far better than anything made here. Well worth the cost. If you love to play, buy this guitar!

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    4.0

    Nice Ax - bad setup

    By byrdman-xCiOI

    from Otsego, MN

    This is a sweet guitar and an exceptional value, but the byrdland was setup very poorly and it took some time to get it dialed in. However, once that was resolved, everything else performed well and the tone was excellent.

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    2.0

    Epiphone Elite Byrdland

    By Fenderamp101

    from Westerly, RI

    This is a great guitar, but the radius of the bridge does not match the radius of the neck.Once you raise the third and fourth string bridge saddles a little, the problem goes away.

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