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Thank you for sharing that story and pic...that is a gorgeous guitar and wonderful story. Austin Vintage Guitars has ‘57 es350t that I have played often. It is an amazing guitar—the laminated maple top gives it a very different and equally beautiful tone compared to the Byrdland.congrats, @Ryguy !
here's my 1956 ES350TDN, the "poor man's byrdland".
the original 23.5" scale-length.
the 1st guitar i bought with my own money (age 15, after 3 summers of cleaning up & then serving at the state food concession at my local beach).
i'd sold it to my then-manager around 1975; my wife secretly bought it back from him in 1992 while i was in hospital; she bought as soon as i was released from neurosurgical ICU. (i was still in hospital for a couple of weeks; i nearly had a heart attack when i got home and it was just there, just sitting on a stand in our living room!, lol.)
one day, i'll remove those klunky-assed Grovers, lol.
As much as people understandably struggle with the necks on these, I feel very fortunate that it is comfortable for me, as it really is a uniquely satisfying guitar to play. It is ”fast” for sure, in that stretches and big interval leaps are somewhat easier; more importantly to me, the shallow but wide body, combined with the carved spruce top, ebony board, and wonderful pickups give it the lush , round tone of an L5 (with perhaps a little better cut/less low end), but which is far more comfortable for me to play standing for long periods.
I‘lo be sure to post some clips soon. I am over the moon with this guitar for sure!