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Joe Potts
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Oct 18th, 2019 04:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I received an email from Gibson today, announcing the “Chuck Berry 1955 ES-350T.” Historically accurate, they say.

Limited to 55 instruments. Sounds pretty cool and all, but at ten grand, I’ll be passing.

One thing I didn’t know about that classic Chuck Berry guitar is that it’s 23.5” scale length. Chuck had big hands anyway, he must have been able to spread them all over that baby.

The only 23.5” Gibson I was aware of was the Byrdland, named for Billy Byrd and Hank Garland. I remember seeing Roy Clark playing one in his Hee Haw days.

Chuckâs Gibby

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Oct 18th, 2019 07:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Byrdland was very expensive; sort of a fancy thinline L5CES. The ES350 was introduced as a less costly alternative to the Byrdland.

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Oct 18th, 2019 08:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Jimmy Page played an ES350 during his session jockey days prior to his stint in the Yardbirds.

And Terrible Ted Nugent has been a Byrdland aficionado his entire career. He owns more Byrdlands than probably anyone else in the universe.

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Oct 19th, 2019 04:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 2013 limited edition Gibson Midtown Kalamazoo with a 23.5" scale length. It's modeled on the Byrdland.

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Oct 19th, 2019 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

If they knocked the price down to $8999 I might be interested.

Or not,
but it does come with Vintage Patina finish.

Joe Potts
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Oct 19th, 2019 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think it’s ironic that this Chuck Berry tribute model is so expensive. Chuck, arguably more than anyone, popularized rock and roll, and inspired many thousands of guitar players. And this model is out of the reach of almost all of them.

I suppose one issue is that it’s limited to 55 guitars. That number is presumably for the year. But the year wasn’t 55 AD, it was 1955. So why not make 1955 of them, and bring the price down, and have some Chuck fans maybe be able to afford one.

Probably the average person will have to wait for the Epi model, if there is one.

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Oct 27th, 2019 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

You could buy one of these new ones.

Or... you could sell a lot of records and buy an original:

A Dream Ad for Gibson

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Oct 27th, 2019 06:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

With a rare, atypical short scale like this one has, I wouldn't expect an Epi version.

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Oct 30th, 2019 04:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

6L6 - yeah, that's some rock and roll right there! Wouldn't mind having any of those guitars.

rev. mikey, I have to agree that an Epi seems unlikely. I can hope, especially if it's after they change the headstock shape.

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Oct 31st, 2019 05:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's my Kalamazoo. 23.5" scale, 57 Classics, Grovers, gold hardware. It was a limited edition release of 600 worldwide but they pop up for sale now and then. Really nice inlay on the headstock.

23.5

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Oct 31st, 2019 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice!

Joe Potts
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Oct 31st, 2019 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

jhawkr, that’s sweet! I’ve had a 24” scale Jaguar, but never played a 23.5” scale guitar.

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Oct 31st, 2019 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you’re used to playing Gibson’s it’s not much of an adjustment but coming from a Strat or Tele will trip you up for awhile. Where it really comes in handy is with chords stretching 4-5 frets. Jazz stuff.

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Nov 8th, 2019 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I got that same promo e-mail. The guitar looks very sweet. I had a later model, '58 I think it was, with humbuckers. Beautifully made and sounded great but the neck was so narrow and short it was to me very uncomfortable. Traded off for something else that as I recall was unremarkable...Epiphone Howard Roberts.

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