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Byrdland copy?

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by Guitar James, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. Guitar James

    Guitar James Member

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    Any Luthiers that make a Byrdland style guitar?. Preferably with a thicker neck.
     
  2. edgarallanpoe

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    Good question, I would love a Florintine cut away Byrdland but I'll be damned if I am going to pay Gibson prices for one.
     
  3. Guitar James

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    Thats exactly what I was thinking.
     
  4. edgarallanpoe

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    I think they list for 12K or something...not happening.
     
  5. Guitar_stringer

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    You mean like this? This one is 24.75" scale.

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  6. Guitar James

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    Very nice. Anymore details?
     
  7. LTE

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    I would love a Byrdland as well.
     
  8. David Myka

    David Myka Gold Supporting Member

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    There are lots of custom builders on this site who make (or would make) a similar guitar. The Byrdland isn't that different from any other jazzbox-electric that I've seen. It's all in the details of electronics, body/custaway shape, etc.

    Saul Koll builds some sweet vintage style hollowbody guitars. I'd check him out.

    ~David
     
  9. Guitar_stringer

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    That one has flame maple body, 17" lower bout, 2" deep, 22 fret neck. We put a couple of '57 types in it, along with a coil split switch. Bound body, neck, headstock.
     
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    Check out Mark Campellone he actually build a better Gibson archtop.
     
  11. soulohio

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    epiphone made one, i believe
     
  12. derekd

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    Jim Triggs will. He ran Gibson's Custom Shop for a while. triggsguitars.com I have owned and played his guitars. All very nice, and will do it the way you want.
     
  13. clemduolian

    clemduolian Silver Supporting Member

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    With all due respect, 24.75" scale is not a Byrdland. The short scale is what makes a Byrdland unique.
     
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    Brian Monty can pull this out. He has a great knowledge of both solidbody and archtop guitars.
     
  15. edgarallanpoe

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    Agreed.
     
  16. Guitar James

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    True. Can anyone tell me how thin the neck is on a real Byrdland? Super skinny necks don't do it for me.
     
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    I've never played a Byrdland that wasn't super skinny......
     
  18. gitman

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    i have owned 2 Byrdlands , one ‘60 with PAF's and one from '68 (sharp cut). both had wide enough necks for me but with both i was not able to dial in the tone i was hearing in my head. the short scale is very comfy when playing complex chords in the lower positions but above the 12th fret things get very cramped ... the only player i heard in recent years who got a great (jazz)tone out of a Byrdland is Anthony Wilson (on tour with Diana Krall) - a MONSTER player if there ever was one.....
    Epiphone had a similar model out in the 80's but with a longer scale (which should not be a deal breaker for most) and today i would look at several very nice models by Heritage- great quality at affordable prices. IMO.
    http://www.gbase.com/files/store_images/Gear/858929/p4_ucc40vhme_so.jpg
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2009
  19. Boogie92801

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    Wang Dang Sweet Pun-tang!

    Or great white buffalo....
     

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