An early Byrdland with its original PAF humbuckers is a pretty rare guitar, but one finished in dark cherry stain gets into the ultra rare category as surviving Gibson records suggest that only a few were made in that color (the others were sunburst or natural). Original tuners, truss rod cover, pickups, Bigsby, all finish is original with no sign of overspray. This Byrdland plays as good as it looks thanks to a recent refret at Gryphon, and the pickguard was made here at Gryphon several years ago when the original succumbed to celluloid rot. Lots of checking to the original lacquer, note the obligatory cigarette burn to the headstock binding right next to the low E tuner. Switch tip probably replaced. Thin section of bridge base has been glued and reinforced where it cracked in the center, the underside of the ABR-1 tune-a-matic has been very neatly given a "cutaway" at each end and the underside rounded to accommodate the Bigsby tremolo's pull on the strings (probably done at Gibson as we've seen this before on Bigsby equipped models). Original brown hardshell case with Gibson badge under the handle (bottom latch broken).

stock no. 51361

ModelByrdland, Cherry red
Topcarved spruce
Back and sideslaminated maple
Frets to body14
Nut width1 11/16"
Scale length23 1/2"
Fretboard Materialebony
Neck material2 piece maple
Total frets22
ElectronicsPAF humbuckers
Serial No35016
InlayMOP blocks
CaseOrig. Hard
Neck profileC
Finishoriginal lacquer
Tunersoriginal Kluson
Bindingcelluloid