NGD Epiphone Elitist Byrdland

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  1. vortexxxx

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    I've always wanted a Byrdland since seeing Ted Nugent use his to play around with feedback. What makes this guitar different from the Gibson ES line is that the top (and possibly bottom) is carved rather than laminated. The reason that I mentioned the bottom one might be carved as well, is because you can see curly maple in the soundholes. The carving is what also makes this an expensive model, with a $10,000 average price for the Gibson version. At one point the Epiphone Elitist series made a Byrdland with all the features of the Gibson counterpart. I was able to buy a near mint one for about $2,000. I've seen these sell for a higher price as it was expensive when it came out. So... it has a carved spruce top, flame maple sides and back, it's finished in nitro and thas the fret edge binding.

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    Does anyone know what pickups the Elitist Line used?
     
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    :omg Holy smokes man. HNGD! Elite/Elitist guitars are probably my favorite line of guitars and that one is definitely top tier.
     
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    50SR/60ST made in USA by Gibson pickups.
     
  5. vortexxxx

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    I just found out that they are made by Terada who make the current Gretsch guitars.
     
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    Thanks!
    I haven't played it through an amp yet, so I don't know what they sound like.
     
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    You sure about the nitro finish? I thought all of the Elitist line, except for some recent Japan-only models, were poly.
     
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    It looks like nitro and it has sunk into the woodgrain at spots and along the edge of the binding. I can't say for sure though.

    Here's a Epi Byrdland with a different headstock:
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    Nice guitar. I've wanted one of these for a while but it would cost me $4k ($2k for the guitar and another $2k for the matching gift to my wife).
     
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    I've got one on auction on ebay. Ends 4 hours from now. Mine does not have a nitro finish. Archtop.com sold one of these in the past and provided a good description giving lots of history and details.
    http://www.archtop.com/ac_07byrd_el.html
     
  11. feet

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    a few notes:

    -the finish is poly, not nitro (effects e-peen more than tone)
    -the top is pressed (but solid), not carved (see above)
    -$2000 is about the mean these days (they went for that much new, by the by)
    -that last photo is nether nitro nor a byrdland (mik broadway if i had to guess)

    you'll find that it is a singular, beguiling and transcendent instrument. welcome to the cool as **** club. here's mine:

    [​IMG]byrdland headstock by the photographic minority, on Flickr
     
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    Great guitar. It features a "hand rubbed" poly finish.
     
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    That looks like a Broadway.

    Your guitar is beautiful, one of the best values out there.
     
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    Very cool. I have owned several of the Elite/Elitist Les Pauls. The quality is comparable to the USA Gibson stuff.
     
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    Beautiful! It's amazing Ted (and you) can get it to feedback so musically with that huge hollow size and spruce top. Happy wailing! :dude
     
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    Wow that's a special guitar. It's a heck of a leap for most of us but no doubt it's worth it. That Elitist line was fascinating, ad that Byrdland might have been the top of it. Seems like there's not many around too. Congrats!
     
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    That is a special guitar. Congrats.
     
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    I really like the whole package of your new Byrdland. Beautifully figured wood, rich dark fretboard, very nice fret markers, nicest binding ever.
     
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    Yep, yep, yep and yep. And the case with that sexy purple lining.
     
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    Here's the Epiphone Elitist Byrdland with the Gibson-shaped headstock. Probably for the Japanese market.

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