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1960 Gibson Guitar and Amplifier Catalogue Page 6

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Gibson 1960 guitar and bass catalogue. Page 6. Details of the Gibson Byrdland and ES-350TD thinline hollowbodies. Inset is a picture of Hank Garland, who, along with Billy Byrd, designed the Byrdland and gave it their name. This is the first catalogue to show the Byrdland with humbuckers, and the last (for a while) to show the Venetian cutaway (this changed to a Florentine cutaway in early 1961. See the Byrdland in the 1962 catalogue.)

The ES-350TD also change to a Florentine cutaway in the next Gibson catalogue, but would be reissued, albeit briefly, in it's original form (i.e. with a Venetian cutaway, as shown here) in 1977. See page 18 of the Gibson 1978 catalogue.

Both models were available in Sunburst finish and, for an extra $15, Natural. The Byrdland pictured is Natural, the ES-350TD is in Sunburst.

1960 Zone 1, USA list prices: Byrdland $595 ($610 natural finish), ES350TD $435 ($450 natural finish).

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