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Gibson Tal Farlow

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Tal Farlow demonstrating his new signature guitar for Gibson in July 1963 (Chicago NAMM show)
Tal Farlow demonstrating his new signature guitar for Gibson in July 1963 (Chicago NAMM show)

1964 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogueFrom the 1964 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogue

This exciting guitar was developped in collaboration. The Tal Farlow guitar has combined the traditional and jazz guitars, creating a new instrument for the discriminating buyer

1966 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogueFrom the 1966 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogue

This was the last appearance in a Gibson catalogue, and the one in colour

Gibson Tal Farlow - Three of a Kind
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

The Tal Farlow from 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.

Artist acoustics
Johnny Smith D$1025
Trini Lopez Deluxe$695
Barney Kessel Custom$675
Tal Farlow$650
Barney Kessel Regular$525
Thinline acoustics
Solid bodies
SG Custom$455
Firebird VII$379.50
Melody Maker$149.50

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