Dating a gibson melody maker

10 Feb

Included is the original hardshell case and Hang tag with matching serial number. Flamed Maple back and sides, Solid Spruce Top, Venetian Cutaway, Rare Blonde Finish, Gold Hardware, NO Volute and Tortoiseshell pickguard.Clean cosmetic condition displaying some typical finish checking. A nice clean Byrdland displaying limited play wear.The serial numbers started with 100 and went to 99999. In most cases, only the high end instruments were assigned identification numbers.White oval labels were used on instruments from 1902 to 1954, at which time the oval label was changed to an orange color.Original five ply pickguard included but original celluloid underside plastic supports have started to deteriorate. The flame on this guitar is very attractive and really dances in the light.One of only 83 Blonde ES-300s produced in 1948, most of which were only single pickup models. Rare Blonde Finish, Carved Spruce Top, Beautifully figured Maple Back and Sides, Large Rounded Neck Profile, and Gold Hardware. The pickguard has typical celluloid crystallization but is intact.Newer electronics with a RS guitar works harness and a great sounding Curtis Novak drop in MM-90 pickup. The guitar displays play wear with nicks, dings, and finish checking. An affordable 1959 Gibson solid body with a great neck.

From 1959 to 1962 the finish was a sunburst, from 1963 to 1965 it was cherry, from 1966 it was fire engine red or pelham blue, in 1967 red was replaced by sparkling burgundy and walnut became an option from 1968.

There were only 74 Blonde Byrdlands shipped in this three year time period.

Included is the clean original hardshell case with replaced handle. Famed Large and Rounded 59 neck profile, Sunburst Finish, and Mahogany Construction. Newer knobs and replacement bridge on the original posts.

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