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2013 Gibson Byrdland, Custom Shop

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Serial #: 13573002, orange Custom Shop label; oval Master Model label, signed and dated 11/21/13

Body size at lower bout: 17". Scale length: 23 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11/16" Body depth: 2 1/4"

Materials: Solid carved bookmatched Sitka spruce top; solid carved AAA bigleaf 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.

Hardware: All gold hardware includes Gibson Schaller tuners with tulip keys; loop style trapeze tailpiece with engraved crossbar; compensated gold Tuneomatic bridge with inlaid ebony foot; twin Gibson '57 Classic PAF humbucking pickups; bound 5-ply tortoise pickguard; gold bonnet knobs; 3 way control switch.

Notes: Introduced in 1955, the Gibson Byrdland took its name after a pair of celebrity guitarists who helped dream it up: Nashville session aces Hand Garland and Billy Byrd. Gibson's first ever thinline guitar, this innovative model was an adaptation of the L-5CES, with its solid carved spruce and maple body, block and flowerpot inlay, and multi-ply binding, right down to the pointed finial at the end of the ebony fingerboard. The scale length was shortened, to create Gibson's fastest neck ever, specifically tailored to facilitate stretch chord voicings and lightning-fast lead runs. One of the most popular and influential body designs of the modern era, Hank and Billy's brainchild has remained in the catalog to this day.

This gleaming example was crafted with an exceptionally intense bookmatched fiddleback maple back, sides and neck, with a gorgeous amber blonde finish. The gentle C- profile neck has smooth, low action over effortless medium jumbo frets, in a solid ebony fingerboard, with a generous 1 11/16" nut width for greater ease of fingering. The twin '57 Classic PAFs are sweet and clear, and the body has the signed Master Model label.

This spectacular guitar is in all-original, virtually unplayed condition, and is complete with its Certificate of Authenticity and deluxe Gibson logo hardshell case. A handsome and striking example of a landmark in the evolution of the modern electric guitar. One only: call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original deluxe arched Gibson plush lined hardshell case.







































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