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Gibson Custom Shop Byrdland Vintage Sunburst

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$6,839.00
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DG3219
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    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, this model represented a handful of developments that were radical, even revolutionary, in its day.

    Near mint condition - comes as pictured with OHSC and COA.

    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.

    Specs:

    Carved Spruce Archtop
    17" Body, 2 1/4" Deep
    Vintage Sunburst Finish
    23 1/2" Scale Length
    Ebony Fingerboard
    Pearl Block Inlays
    '57 Classic Pickups
    Byrdland Trapeze Tailpiece
    Custom Shop Case
    COA

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