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1959 Gibson Byrdland Natural Thinline Archtop Guitar NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Price: CDN $16000
US Price: US $12741.90
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Class: Vintage
Consignment
SOLD
S/N: A 31884
The Gibson Byrdland was introduced in 1955 after custom models were built for top Nashville session players Billy Byrd and Hank Garland. It was one of the very first 'thinline' archtop guitars - though it has a carved spruce top and carved maple back and the body width is a full 17 inches, the body depth is significantly thinner than full-body archtops by over an inch.

Additionally, to ease complex chord voicings that session guitarists might expect to run into, the scale length is quite short at 23.5 inches.

This fine example of a 1959 Gibson Byrdland is unusual in having a factory-installed Bigsby tailpiece. It is in all original condition, with gold plated hardware, original PAF pickups, Grover Imperial tuners with keystone buttons. The frets are original with minor wear. The original clear nitrocellulose lacquer finish is in very good condition with light natural checking and light scuffing from normal use. The plating is in good condition, with the wear expected on gold plate. The original case is included.

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