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Gibson Custom Byrdland Florentine Hollowbody Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst Gold Hardware

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A beautiful, yet radically designed, historic thinline archtop guitar with a super-thin neck and short scale.

The Gibson Byrdland Electric Guitar represented a handful of developments that were radical, even revolutionary. This model recreates the 1960 version that introduced the sharp Florentine cutaway, replacing the rounded Venetian cutaway of the original Byrdland.

History
Many working musicians of the fast-paced and musically adventurous '50s required a new instrument-one that captured traditional Gibson archtop artistry and craftsmanship, but represented a redrawing of the blueprint for the needs of the day. Enter the Byrdland, released in 1955 after consultation with first-call Nashville session musicians Billy Byrd and Hank Garland. Outwardly every bit a Gibson, the Byrdland retained the traditional carved, solid-spruce arched top and wide dimensions (17") of big-bodied jazzers like its predecessor the L-5CES, but was considerably thinner, at only 2-1/4" deep. The electric guitar was here to stay, and Gibson's designers quite rightly determined that a guitar that was intended primarily as an electric-rather than acoustic-instrument should be made in a way that would minimize feedback. Gibson created the Thinline series, which included the Byrdland partnered by the ES-350T, released the same year. Together they constituted the first of the new thin-bodied breed and launched a design trend for archtop electrics that would proliferate to this day. So successful was its design ethos, that it not only offered a popular alternative for jazz, pop, and country players, it also proved capable of cranking out heavy rock in the hands of guitarists such as Ted Nugent.

Body
At the request of Billy Byrd and Hank Garland, the Byrdland was made with a reduced scale length, but featured all the finery of a top-of-the-line Gibson archtop guitar. The Byrdland's super-thin neck and 23-1/2" scale length might have implied a "student model" instrument, but it was intended purely for speed and playing ease, and its 5-ply binding, ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay, gold-plated hardware, and triple-loop Byrdland trapeze tailpiece all single it out as a top-shelf guitar.

Hardware
By now, the Byrdland had also acquired an upgrade in electronics, too. Originally offered in 1955 with Alnico V single-coil pickups, it was made with PAF humbucking pickups from 1957 onward. Coupled to the traditional independent volume and tone controls and a 3-way selector switch, these units gave the Byrdland the ability to produce anything from a smooth, mellow purr to a hot, cutting twang.

Near-Perfect Re-Creation
In keeping with the desires of many players, the Gibson Custom Shop offers the finest original-spec rendition of this classic model that has been available since its production in the early 1960s. From the select maple and walnut used in its neck to the high-grade spruce of its top, no expense is spared in making this Thinline electric a guitar that Hank Garland and Billy Byrd would be proud of. Details such as the pearl flower-pot headstock inlay, multi-ply fingerboard binding, pointed Florentine cutaway, multi-ply bound pickguard, bound f-holes, and sculpted fingerboard end are all true to classic form. In the electronics department, a pair of Gibson's popular '57 Classic humbucking pickups keep it all sounding as good as it looks. Each Byrdland includes a Custom Shop case and a Certificate of Authenticity.


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FEATURES
Body 
Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Spruce Carved
Body wood: Maple Curly
Body finish: Lacquer
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: SlimTaper
Neck wood: Maple/walnut
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 23.5"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Block
Nut width: 1.62" (41.3mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HH
Neck: ™57 Classic
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: ™57 Classic
Brand: Gibson
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Floating
Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: Trapeze
Tuning machines: Grover
Color: Gold
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Body and neck binding Carved top
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: Warranty card, adjustment tools

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Gibson CustomByrdland Florentine Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
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5.0

un-matched excellence

By Fastt Ed

from St. Leo, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson Custom Byrdland Florentine Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    A friend of mine just bought one. He let me "take it for a spin." WOW !! This has to be the best ALL PURPOSE guitar on the planet. Worth every cent. Can't wait so I'm going into hock.
    She'll make me sleep in the drive-way but, oh well.

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    5.0

    I wish that I could own 40 of these babies. So versatile !

    By jackieboy58

    from Gillette, Wyoming

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Beautiful !
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues
      • Ted Nugents Guitar
      • Versatile from Rock to Jazz to Blues

      Comments about Gibson Custom Byrdland Florentine Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      It is a versatile guitar. Its a great jazz guitar and also a great rock guitar. I think the Gibson Byrdland is unmatched in quality and craftsmanship. They are a bit pricey but the good thing is you'll only need one of them. What a perfect instrument, I cant say enough about the guitar. Its good enough for Ted Nugent its good enough for me.

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