As the guitarists became more dependent on the electrified sound, they wanted a comfortable instrument to play. There was no need for a wide body depth.
The neck scale was reduced by one inch to a mere 23 ½ inches. I need to tell you a little bit about Billy Byrd and Hank Garland.
His career, cut short due to an auto accident that left him in a coma from which he never fully recovered. Both men were not just Country players, but respected musicians in the Jazz world as well.
From it’s inception in 1955 the Byrdland came with a Venetian or rounded cutaway.
In 1976 a limited run of twenty 12-string Byrdland guitars were offered.
The Byrdland, reintroduced in 1977 was produced through 1978.
This arrangement altered the sound slightly compared with full scale Gibson instruments when the toggle was in the center position. The Byrdland was a hollow body instrument and came with a solid spruce carved top.