In the 1950's, the Gibson Byrdland was the headline model of the Gibson archtop range along with the L5-ES, and its thin body, shorter scale design made it popular with professional gigging musicians of the day. This 1969 Gibson Byrdland is a fantastic example of a later period model, constructed from a Maple body and neck and carved Spruce top, and finished in a nicely faded sunburst.
Originally designed after Ted McCarty asked for feedback from musicians Hank Garland and Billy Byrd about the companies arch top range, the Byrdland went on to become a favourite with jazz players after its introduction in 1955. The body is fitted with a set of Patent No. pickups that perfectly capture the sound of the era, with a warmth and articulation that is so associated with Gibson electric arch top guitars. Other features include the mother of pearl flower pot peghead inlay, multi ply neck and body binding, 'Byrdland' engraved triple loop tailpiece, and a set of gold Kluson Sealcast tuners.
This guitar is in excellent condition, with only minor signs of play wear and patina visible to the body and neck. The neck and back of the body feature exceptionally flamed pieces of maple, with the Gibson 'stinger' seen on the rear of the headstock. The electronics and hardware appear original, with the pots encased in a metal housing as was common in this period, and the tuners and Gibson wire bridge being correct for the period. The pickups appear original but there is evidence that the covers have been removed at some point. The orange label could also be non original.