Gibson 1970 thinline catalogue page 2
Gibson 1970 thinline catalogue, page 2. The first guitar in this brochure is the very fine Gibson Byrdland, somewhat changed from it's last appearance in the 1966 catalogue. The fifties-style Venetian cutaway has been reinstated, replacing the Florentine cutaway of the mid 1960s.
The Byrdland was a step above the other thinlines in this catalogue, with it's carved spruce top. The back, sides and neck were all maple, giving the natural-finished version a very clean look. Shown is the Byrdland N, in Natural finish, though the standard finish was Gibson's usual Sunburst.
A supreme achievement in a thin electric acoustic, the Byrdland is designed for the artist who demands perfection in appearance and performance. The extra narrow short-scale neck makes difficult chord positions easy to reach.
March 1970 US zone 1 price of the Gibson Byrdland was $950 ($995 Natural finish). In the September 1970 price list, this was simplified to just $950, irrespective of finish.