Gibson Byrdland Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1957)

Gibson  Byrdland Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1957)
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Gibson Byrdland Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1957), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # A-25477, sunburst lacquer finish, maple back and sides with spruce top; laminated maple neck with ebony fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case.
 
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 16 15/16 in. (43 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 23 3/8 in. (594 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This beautiful Byrdland appears to have led an interesting life over the years, but is still in top playing condition and remains very clean overall. The only major alteration was what appears to have been a Charlie Christian bar-magnet pickup was once fitted in the neck position some time back, which was then removed and the original Alnico unit reinstated. The only visible evidence of this is two patched screw holes in the top between the pickups, a souvenir of the CC unit's unusual mounting system. The bracing in the area under the neck pickup was altered slightly but has been properly restored, so the top is completely solid.

The only other damage is one very small typical crack in the jack area; otherwise the guitar is crack free. Overall the sunburst finish is beautifully preserved, with only light checking and small dings. Most of the original hardware is intact including the Kluson Sealfast tuners, Alnico magnet pickups, engraved "Byrdland" tailpiece, gold knobs, and gold plated no-wire ABR-1 bridge. The saddles in that original bridge are recent vintage-style replacements, and the pickguard, switch tip and truss rod cover are very high quality repros. A strap button has been added above the heel.

The original pickguard is included in the case pocket, but was cut to fit the Christian pickup. There is an old owner's name noted on the inside under the neck pickup cavity. Despite its previous alteration this guitar remains really fine player, with a great feel and that specific meaty-but sharper sound associated with these rare pickups. Includes the original brown HSC. Excellent - Condition.