GIBSON CUSTOM SHOP: CARVED TOP SERIES

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GIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)

The original Byrdland model introduced in the 1950s was named after Nashville session guitarists Billy Byrd and Hank Garland. This model is a Gibson Custom Shop reissue. It has a reduced scale length (23 1/2”) and extra thin neck. (I'm guessing that Billy and Hank had small hands). The body style is archtop - but it is thinner than a typical archtop at 2.5 inches - and this helps reduce feedback. This model comes with either rounded Venetian cutaway or sharp Florentine cutaway.

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GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)

The Gibson L-4 CES Mahogany was introduced around 1989 as part of Gibson's Custom Shop Carved Top Series. The Gibson L-4 CES had been around since the 1950s but was only ever produced in very small numbers to order. The L-4 CES looks like the ES-175 but has a solid spruce carved top and solid mahogany back and sides.

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GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)

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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)

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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)

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GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)

GIBSON manufactured the L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH) between 2001 and 2004

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GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)

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GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)

The legendary Gibson Super 400 CES is currently available from the Gibson custom shop. It is based on the late 1950s Super 400 CES and has the largest body of any guitar currently produced by Gibson (circa 2014), measuring : 18 inches wide by  21¾ inches long and 3⅜ inches deep.

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GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY

Gibson introduced this Wes Montgomery Historic Collection model in 1993. It is based on the L-5 CES model that Wes played almost his entire career.

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Comparing : GIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop), GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY), GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP), GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH), GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH), GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH), GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH), GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop), GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
ModelGIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
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PageGIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop) pageGIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY) pageGIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP) pageGIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH) pageGIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH) pageGIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH) pageGIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH) pageGIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop) pageGIBSON WES MONTGOMERY page
BrandGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSON
Dates1989
2001 to 2004
1993
GeneralGIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
Binding5-stripe body-binding, headstock binding, neck bindingwhite binding-----multi-ply binding-
Finish colors-amber finish, natural finish, red finish-----natural finishebony finish, natural finish, red finish
Finish effects-sunburst finish-----sunburst finishsunburst finish
Made in-------USAUSA
Number of strings6 strings6 strings6 strings6 strings---6 strings6 strings
Scale length23.5 inches scale length------25.5 inches scale-length-
BodyGIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
Body back material-mahogany body back------flamed maple body back
Body depth2.25 inches body depth------3.375 inches body depth-
Body shape featuressingle cutaway-------carved top, single cutaway
Body sides material-mahogany body sides------flamed maple body sides
Body stylearchtoparchtop-------
Body top materialspruce body topspruce body top------spruce body top
Body width17 inches wide body------18 inches wide body-
Hollow bodyhollow bodyhollow body-----hollow bodyhollow body
Pickguard materialtortoiseshell pickguardtortoiseshell pickguard-------
Pickguard shape--------raised pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes2 f-holes-----2 f-holes2 f-holes
NeckGIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
Body fretNeck joins body at 14th fret--------
Neck material--------maple neck
Neck profilethin neck profile--------
Neck width-1.69 inches wide at nut-------
Peghead (headstock)--------bound headstock
HardwareGIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
Bridge-ABR-1 bridge-----ABR-1 bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware color-gold hardware-----gold hardwaregold hardware
Tailpiecetrapeze tailpiecetrapeze tailpiece-----trapeze tailpiecetrapeze tailpiece
Tuner layoutthree-each-sidethree-each-side-----three-each-sidethree-each-side
Tuners-------Schaller M6 tuners-
ControlsGIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
Tone controls2 tone controls2 tone controls-----2 tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls2 volume controls2 volume controls-----2 volume controls1 volume control
ElectronicsGIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
Pickup selector controls-------3-way selector switch-
Pickups brand and modelGibson PAF pickup(s)Gibson 57 classic pickup(s)-----Gibson 57 classic pickup(s)-
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups2 humbucker pickups-----2 humbucker pickups1 humbucker pickup
FretboardGIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material-------pearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialebony fingerboardrosewood fingerboard-----ebony fingerboardebony fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markerssplit parallelogram fingerboard position markers-----split block fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers
Number of frets22 fret20 fret-----20 fret20 fret