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Gibson Byrdland Shipping Data

Production statistics 1955-79

The figures shown here are for the period 1955 to 1979 and come from Gibson's published data and 'Gibson Shipment Totals' by Larry Meiner; this model was produced at the legendary Kalamazoo plant (today, home of Heritage guitars) and a small number were completed in the early 1980s, however no specifics are available beyond 1979. After the closure of the Kalamazoo plant in 1984, Gibson was sold to it's current owners with some Byrdland manufacture continuing in Nashville to this day.

The Byrdland body style changed from a Venetian (rounded) cutaway style to a Florentine (pointed) in 1961, changing back in 1968. The majority of instruments shipped in '61 and '68 had the Florentine body style; naturally exceptions exist as these changes were typically phased to avoid wastage.

Of the 2670 Kalamazoo-produced Byrdlands recorded here, the majority (75%) were finished in sunburst, the rest natural. Just over two-thirds (68%) had the rounded Venetian cutaway body style, the rest Florentine. Peak years were 1969 and 1968 with 220 and 218 guitars shipped, respectively.

Venetian Cutaway Byrdland

April 1955 Gibson shipping ledgers list four prototypes of the Byrdland as 'special thin models' of the L-5CES; there was some further tweaking before the design was finalised, and the stats here do not include these examples. The first production model (serial number A 20985) was registered in June 1955, for display at the July 1955 NAMM trade show.

  1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 TOTAL
Byrdland 1 31 78 38 46 71 265
Byrdland N 2 25 52 23 34 39 175
TOTAL 3 56 130 61 80 110 440

Florentine Cutaway Byrdland

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 TOTAL
Byrdland 77 59 102 93 66 45 92 194 728
Byrdland N 20 17 32 15 11 3 7 24 129
TOTAL 97 76 134 108 77 48 99 218 857

Venetian Cutaway Byrdland (second run)

  1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 TOTAL
Byrdland 160 36 65 80 99 85 195 115 56 86 41 1018
Byrdland N 60 21 27 48 20 6 11 93 42 25 2 355
TOTAL 220 57 92 128 119 91 206 208 98 111 43 1373
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1973 Gibson Byrdland, Sunburst Finish, Carved Spruce top, Gold Hardware, Two Humbucking pickups, Bound Ebony fingerboard with Pearl block inlays, Attractive flamed Maple neck, Replaced Tortoise pickguard, Great low action, Beautiful example, Hang tag, Excellent plus condition, Clean Original hard case, $7, 395... more

Vintage 1959 Gibson ES-350 T w / Original Byrdland Neck Sunburst w / Original Case

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10002, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6995

Vintage 1959 Gibson ES-350T. A fantastic playing, sounding and looking example with an original custom ordered Byrdland neck! Plays great with a nice tight feel. The neck is very slim and easy to get around, and has had a recent refret so it is feeling smooth in every position. Pickups sound fantastic. The neck pickup appears to be original, but we are not 100% certain, and the bridge pickup is a later issue. They both sound amazing with a super warm, fat and clear tone. Excellent playing ... more

1968 gibson byrdland sunburst

NARBERTH, PENNSYLVANIA, 19072, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5400

MUST SELL QUICKLY - MAKE AN OFFER!! Cracked Pick Guard and some minor corrosion on the outside of the pickups and strap post (vinegar and water should clean those up easily) otherwise the guitar is in perfect condition. (pickups are fully functional , the corrosion is cosmetic only) Paid $7000 for it in the 80's and only used it once. Beautiful cherry sunburst pattern with a flamed maple backThe original frets have 70% life left on themThis guitar is issue free and has never needed any repair ... more

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1959 Orig PAF Gibson Les Paul Standard Or Custom ES 335 Byrdland 1 Bridge Pickup

CLOQUET, MINNESOTA, 55720, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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This Sale is for 1 Pickup Only .. Call My Shop during normal business hours with Any questions (central time zone) 1959 Orig PAF Gibson Les Paul Standard Or Custom ES 335, Byrdland Neck Pickup Sale is for 1 Pickup ONLY. So Far I have 1 left For Sale . The Bridge Pickup This is the "narrow" spaced version as found in a Byrdland, ES-5 Switchmaster or ES-350T They sound function perfectly in the neck position of a Les Paul or 335 etc. Had 134933 pot dates. That's 33rd week 1959 100% Original! Came ... more

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