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Gibson Byrdland Nashville Custom Shop Florentine - Signed by James Hutchins 2005

Estimated price for orientation: 6 150 $

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Condition: Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab ... Read moreabout the condition Brand: Gibson
Dexterity: Right-Handed Body Type: Hollow
Body Material: Solid Wood Model: Byrdland
Model Year: 2005 String Configuration: 6 String
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

This  auction is for my personal minty 2005 Gibson Custom Shop Byrdland Florentine in the highly sought after Vintage Sunburst.  All original including the original Gibson shipping box. This guitar is hand signed by the late Gibson's James Hutchins of the Nashville Custom Shop.  Please note that a Nashville Custom Shop and Memphis Custom Shop guitar are not the same.  Hutchins passed away in 2010.  This is a players/collectors grade guitar with very little play time with Serial No. 22375002.Please ask all questions in advance.   I encourage you to read my 100% feedback prior to bidding and then bid with confidence.Verification from the Gibson Custom Shop: The serial number and photos are consistent with a Custom Shop Byrdland Florentine model in Vintage Sunburst finish, made on the 237th day of 2005 in the Nashville Custom Shop and signed by James Hutchins.Seller: I rarely took this guitar out of the closet.  This guitar plays and sounds great and has a smooth and crisp playing low action height.  There is not a note too far out of reach.  Not to mention its lush, eye grabbing vintage sunburst finish on solid Spruce, book matched curly maple back and 5 ply curly guitar neck. This lady shows almost no sign of fret wear and has about a 1/2 dozen tiny dings on the top (see pictures).  The smaller dings are hard to see unless I magnify them.The label inside is hand signed by the late great James Hutchins. This guitar comes with the original Gibson Historic logo hard shell case in beautiful condition along with all original unopened Gibson eye candy that came with the guitar when new.The original pickups have some minor surface swirl marks from polishing.  The original Custom Shop Certificate is not included.  I contacted the Gibson Custom shop and provided numerous pictures and requested verification.  Gibson's response is included in one of the pictures attached for your review.I had Dunlop Strap locks professionally installed for safety.  I will include the original Gibson Byrdland strap buttons.The guitar will be delivered with the original near mint condition Gibson Historic case with only scuffs from taking in and out of my closet. The original Gibson shipping box is also included. I can guarantee this guitar has never been gigged with and kept in a smoke free home.This guitar is minty and sells new for around $9,699.00 - $10,999.00.  This one is a Nashville Custom Shop Byrdland and was hand signed by James Hutchins.SHIPPING:  I will pay for shipping and insurance and buyer will be required to sign for this baby.Thanks for lookingFrom Gibson...Specifications:Brand                                   Gibson Nashville Custom Shop -2005 – James HutchinsModel                                   Byrdland Bustom Shop FlorentineFinish Color                          Vintage SunburstWeight                                 7.29 lbsTop Wood                            Carved Spruce TopBack & Sides Wood              Figured Carved MapleNeck Wood                          5-piece Maple/WalnutNeck Dimensions                 .830 1st - .960 9thFingerboard                          EbonyFingerboard Inlays                Block PearlFrets                                    22Pickups                               '57 ClassicsControls                               2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-WayHardware                             GoldBridge                                  ABR-1Tailpiece                              ByrdlandCase                                    Black Gibson Historic Hardshell Case
Many working musicians of the fast-paced and musically adventurous ’50s required a new instrument — one that captured traditional Gibson archtop artistry and craftsmanship, but represented a redrawing of the blueprint for the needs of the day. Enter the Byrdland, released in 1955 after consultation with first-call Nashville session musicians Billy Byrd and Hank Garland. Outwardly every bit a Gibson, this model represented a handful of developments that were radical, even revolutionary, in its day. The Byrdland retained the traditional carved solid-spruce arched top and wide dimensions (17”) of big-bodied jazzers like its predecessor the L-5CES, but was considerably thinner, at only 2 1/4” deep. The electric guitar was here to stay, and Gibson’s designers quite rightly determined that a guitar that was intended primarily as an electric—rather than acoustic—instrument should be made in a way that would minimize feedback. Gibson created the Thinline series, which included the Byrdland partnered by the ES-350T, released the same year. Together they constituted the first of the new thin-bodied breed, and launched a design trend for archtop electrics that would proliferate to this day. So successful was its design ethos, that it not only offered a popular alternative for jazz, pop, and country players, it also proved capable of cranking out heavy rock in the hands of guitarists such as Ted Nugent. Body At the request of Billy Byrd and Hank Garland, the Byrdland was made with a reduced scale length, but featured all the finery of a top-of-the-line Gibson archtop guitar. Although the Byrdland debuted in 1955 with a rounded Venetian cutaway, Gibson updated the body in 1960 in keeping with the style of the times and gave it the deep, pointed Florentine cutaway. The Byrdland’s super-thin neck and 23 1/2” scale length might have implied a “student model” instrument, but it was intended purely for speed and playing ease, and its five-ply binding, ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay, gold-plated hardware, and triple-loop Byrdland trapeze tailpiece all single it out as a top-shelf guitar. Hardware By now, the Byrdland had also acquired an upgrade in electronics, too. Originally offered in 1955 with Alnico V single coil pickups, it was made with PAF humbucking pickups from 1957 onward. Coupled to the traditional independent volume and tone controls and a three-way selector switch, these units gave the Byrdland the ability to produce anything from a smooth mellow jazz purr to a hot, cutting twang.