Help me identify this Gibson Archtop Hollowbody

PSaulino

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Hi,

Sometime in 1982 I was in Zapfs in Philly and played a used, recent year archtop- a full depth hollow body Gibson that had the rounded cutaway, smaller body, 2 humbucker pickups, and tobacco sunburst finish. As I recall it had block inlays and a rosewood board... and Gold hardware. I also recall it being referred to as a Byrdland but I distinctly remember that it had a full depth, not the thinline of a Byrdland (that same day a buddy purchased a 1980 ES-347 so I compared them directly). It reminded me of an L5, but less ornate, more like a players guitar and DEF not aN ES-175. Anyone out there have idea what this guitar might have been?

Thanks,
Paul
 
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smiert spionam

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L-7c of some sort, maybe? It's the less ornate twin to an L-5. Not a small body, though -- 17" lower bout, and larger than the 16" ES-175.
 

PSaulino

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Lower bout was slightly smaller than the 175.. . perhaps L5 Signature? Anyone know when these were first made?
 

PSaulino

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No, not that one either... I remember when I first saw it I thought it might be an ES-350, but no, it was deeper and smaller all around.
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27sauce

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Gold hardware, block inlays, and a rosewood board sounds like an odd combination to me.
 

Sweetfinger

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L-5CES? ..but it has an ebony board and the body isn't "smaller". If what you saw had a rosewood board, that doesn't really fit anything, although Gibson did make custom oddballs.




If they called it a Byrdland, that's probably what it was.

 






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