|Tal Farlow demonstrating his new signature guitar for Gibson in July 1963 (Chicago NAMM show)|
Gibson Tal Farlow - Three of a Kind
Advert for three Gibson Artist Acoustics; each being played by the jazz musician that gave it its name. Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow and Barney Kessel
Each of these famous guitarists served as the inspiration for a special Gibson model - designed by him, for his kind of music, for his guitar technique, for his special sound
Tal Farlow was a talented American Jazz guitarist who had played Gibson guitars throughout the 1950s; primarily an ES-350 (see advert). But in 1962 Gibson produced a new Tal Farlow model, based on the ES-350, with a distinctive scroll on the lower bout. The Tal Farlow was only available until 1967, with just 217 guitars produced in total.
The Tal Farlow was described as follows in the 1966 Gibson catalogue
FEATURES: select curly maple arched top and back with curly maple rim. Slim, fast, low-action neck joins body at the 14th fret. Five-piece curly maple neck, adjustable truss rod. Bound rosewood fingerboard, pearl inlays. Chrome-plated tune-o-matic bridge. Two chrome-plated humbucking pickups. Separate tone and volume controls for each pickup. Chrome-plated tailpiece with rosewood insert and pearl inlay engraved "Tal Farlow". Heavy duty chrome-plated machine heads. 17" wide, 21" long, 3" deep, 25 1/2" scale, 20 frets|
The table below compares prices (in October 1966) of the Tal Farlow with other archtops, and representative thinlines and solid-bodies.
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