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Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

I'm trying to determine a value for a 1977 Ibanez
Byrdland copy. It's in excellent shape with a natural
finish. Thanks
Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 - 11:17 pm:   

The Byrdland models generally are laminated tops or pressed heavy spruce tops (like the L5 and Johnny Smith copies) NOT carved tops like on the Gibson models. So the sound is different than the Gibson namesakes. But because of the heavier tops are great gigging guitars that can be played louder without feedback problems. There have been a number of blonde Ibanez Byrdlands for sale over the last couple of months on eBay. Most have gone for between $1000.00 and $1600.00. Wonderful guitars. Happy shopping !!
Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 12:41 am:   

WOW !! Was here re-reading posts on the Byrdland replicas. Then after eating dinner hit eBay ONE MORE TIME and my persistance was rewarded. A guy had JUST POSTED his ad for a 1977 Ibanez Byrdland. THANK GOD for BuyItNow. Will have it in a few days. Someone slap me as I am too pumped for my own good. The guitar looks really clean, the seller posted some very revealing pictures.
Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 12:59 am:   

Guys, if you see this in the next couple days here is a link to the ad, in case you would like to see the guitar :

Man, I'm pumped...

Harry (Harry)
Posted on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 12:09 pm:   


All I can say is: congratulations!!!!!!

Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Saturday, August 02, 2003 - 7:36 pm:   

Hey Guys !!

Got the Ibanez Byrdland today - it's in pretty decent shape. It's a M. Sugihara signed guitar. The neck is the correct Byrdland Scale of 23 1/2 inches. Which was a real pleasant surprise.

Right out of the case it plays real nice. At some point I will have my tech do a setup on it, clean the pots and such. The overall quality of the guitar is gorgeous - beautiful MOP inlays, nice ebony board and except for the occasional finish crack it's great. I'll get some pictures posted once I size them way down to fit the format here.

Michael Hale
Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 7:06 pm:   

Will try to post this photo I shot of it on my deck... I love it. Now I'm looking for a real Byrdland.

Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 7:09 pm:   

Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 7:13 pm:   

Harry (Harry)
Posted on Saturday, August 09, 2003 - 7:14 am:   

Hi Mike!

Uhhhhh......looking for a real Byrdland? And then maybe selling this one again? Would you consider keep this Durch Ibanez freak and collector informed about that? I don't have this one in my collection yet.... ;-)
Enjoy your guitar!
Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Saturday, August 09, 2003 - 1:11 pm:   


I was out on the same deck yesterday afternoon with this guitar - plugged into my trusty old Fender Deluxe Reverb amp playing old Elvis tunes... I had a blast. The variety of tones, the responsiveness when I really attacked the strings and the ease of playing kept me out there playing a lot longer than I usually would.

There's no way this is going anywhere - I DO have a lovely postwar Gibson L7 up for sale on eBay - that auction ends Sunday evening - check it out, I got my Reserve already so I'm pretty happy.

I'm pretty close to getting the real Byrdland - if I gig anywhere the IBANEZ will be my axe of choice. Damn this thing is sweet... I'm gonna be working this huge stretch of overtime in the next few weeks, that and selling the L7 will get me the Gibson Byrdland - I'm going for a blonde one just like the Ibanez.

Like I said in one of my posts, one weekend I was just beating eBay like crazy - I kept checking and checking and all of a sudden there it was !! They do come up pretty frequently. In the past 3 months I have probably seen 3 or 4, all blondes and all in decent shape... Persistance and a willingness to pull the trigger right away if it has a BuyItNow option. I paid $1355.00 for mine and it was worth every penny. I'll keep you posted if I see one.


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