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.