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Gibson ES125 and Byrdland

1964 Gibson Electric Guitars Page 5

Gibson Guitar and Bass 1964 Guitar and Bass catalogue. Page 5. Details of one more full body electric Spanish guitar, the non-cutaway Gibson ES-125; present in the Gibson range since the 1940s, and continuing the electric Spanish series of the previous page. This was the cheapest of the full-bodied ES guitars.

By contrast, the other guitar, the Gibson Byrdland could perhaps have been placed with the Artist guitars at the beginning of the catalogue, as it was developed with the help of jazz guitarists Billy Byrd and Hank Garland. Like those other fine guitars, this was an expensive guitar, only available by special order from the Gibson custom department. It had a carved top and was very highly decorated. But despite being on this page, it actually belongs in the next section (thinline electric Spanish guitars) as it has a thinline (2 1/4 inch) body.

1964 US zone 1 prices were: ES125 $195, Byrdland $740 ($760 natural finish).

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