A very rare beauty. Only 23 of this model were produced in 1958, of which only a handful were fitted with a Bigsby vibrato ex works.
After the Les Paul, the Byrdland was the second guitar to be equipped with the new humbucking pickups, now called PAF.
Byrdland was named after the two session guitarists Hank Garland and Billy Byrd, who were responsible for its creation.
Gibson produced this guitar model for the two musicians in 1955 according to their wishes and ideas.
Based on an L-5CES, the scale length and nut width were reduced to facilitate faster melodic runs and extended chord voicings. New pickups with narrower pole spacing had to be specially designed for this purpose. The body depth also became slimmer, making it the first thinline guitar in the Gibson portfolio.
The condition is simply unbelievable for 65 years. The original case is included. The ultimate collector’s item!
– Scale length: 23 1/2″ (approx. 60cm)
– Groove Width: 1 10/16″ (40.9mm)
– Body depth: 2 1/4″
– Solid carved bookmatched spruce top
– solid carved flame maple back, sides, and neck
– solid ebony fingerboard
– L-5 style block mother of pearl fingerboard inlay and flowerpot peghead inlay
– 7 ply top binding, triple bound back and neck, bound f-holes
– 2x gold Patent Applied For (PAF) humbucking pickups and electronics
(Bridge: approx. 7.45 kOhm, Neck: approx. 7.14 kOhm)
– gold Kluson Sealfast tuners with tulip keys
– bound 5-ply tortoise pickguard
– gold bonnet knobs
– 3 way control switch
– original factory Bigsby
– Bridge with vintage Gibson gold Tune-o-matic saddle
– weight: 3103 gram