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Gibson Byrdland


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Merillon Guitars Item # MG01035

Make: Gibson

Model: Byrdland

Style: 6 String Electric Arch-Top

Year: 1969

Scale: 23 ½”

Frets: 22

Condition: Very Good

Case: OHSC

Description: Named after and originally designed for ace Nashville session men Billy Byrd and Hank Garland, the Byrdland is essentially a thin-line (2¼”), short scale (23½”) L5-CES. In other words, she’s pure hand-made Kalamazoo butta. She has a spruce top, maple neck, back and sides and five-ply binding. Her fret board is ebony with pearl block inlays and this example sports the rounded Venetian cut-away that Gibson returned to in 1969, the last year of regular production for this model. Her gold hardware shows some wear but is all original and as she retains her original hum-buckers her tone is out of this world. This example shows some surface checking and honest play wear but is other-wise clean. The pick-guard has been removed as the binding has come off (of the pick guard) in two pieces. The pick guard, two pieces of binding and the mounting hardware will be included in the sale. This instrument was re-fretted, with identical fret wire, by master Luthier Norio Imai in 1997. She is one of the finest instruments we have ever had the pleasure to know.  She will ship in her worn but functional OHSC.

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