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Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 7:56 pm:   

Guys I could NOT resist taking this new shot. Today I got an 1981 Ibanez George Benson model delivered to the house. Great instrument. Wanted one from that real early period but I'll keep looking. One can never have enough inventory... The amp in the background is a late 90's Mesa Boogie Maverick in a lovely quilted maple cab. You can tune it up so it sounds like an old Vox AC-30 or a Brown Fender Twin Reverb.

Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 7:58 pm:   

Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 8:00 pm:   

I'm gonna have to scale this picture down when I get home but I will... sorry for the technical difficulties. And I gotta thank one of my Board Brothers, Harold, for selling me that fineass Byrdland... You're the man Harold !!!

Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 3:54 am:   

Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 3:55 am:   

Munch (Munch)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 7:08 am:   


Congratulations that is a fine looking pair. Side by side you can really see the difference in scale length between the two. That Byrdland is georgeous!!


Blues (Blues)
Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 6:11 am:   


Here is a beauty of a guitar!




NOTE: This baby is going on ebay soon!

Ericibanez (Ericibanez)
Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 7:11 pm:   

Harry (Harry)
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 2:22 am:   

Hi Blues!

Nice guitar! But am I correct that this is not an Ibanez? At the age of near-50 my eyes are getting weaker rapidly, but if I'm not mistaken the headstock logo says "Maya" or something like that.
Or do I need glasses after all.... ;-)
Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 5:44 pm:   


Actually Blues makes no mention of it being an Ibanez. MAYA is made in the same factory as the Ibanez and I have talked at length on the phone with the owner of this instrument (who I bought MY Byrdland copy from). It is a great instrument and I was SORELY tempted to get it myself. BUT I just bought a new fully loaded iMac, a digital video camera, my Ibanez GB-10 and a Gibson Chet Atkins CE (and more)... So I'm pretty tapped out.

It's got the correct Byrdland scale and all. Actually myself and the owner were trying to contact YOU because you had expressed an interest in a Byrdland copy to me... Here ya go.
Harry (Harry)
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 - 2:09 am:   

Hi Bigmike!

Although it is a Maya this Byrdland is a beauty of a guitar. But as a collector of Ibanez (however...I own one double-neck of the sub-brand Antoria) I don't want to start collecting all those other brands Hoshino made: Penco, Greco, Cimar, Custom, Aria, walls are loaded with 83 Ibanez guitars/basses and I almost have to look for a bigger house.... ;-)
If the headstock would have read "Ibanez", I sure would go for it immediately.
I'm aware of the fact that due to my "tunnel-vision" I let go of a whole lot of great guitars, amongst witch undoubly is this beautiful Maya Byrdland, but have to draw the line somewhere, I'm afraid.
Thanks anyway for thinking of me.....
Blues (Blues)
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 - 3:05 pm:   


Thanks for the comments.

I'm looking forward to finding a good home for the MAYA BYRDLAND archtop with the following upgrades:
_BYRDLAND engraved tailpiece

Also has a nice BYRDSEYE MAPLE BACK.

Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 7:53 pm:   


I'm putting my Ibanez Byrdland copy up for sale. Same price I paid for it, $1355.00. See picture of it earlier in this thread (with my GB10). I can be reached at

If you are interested. Thanks

Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2003 - 2:30 am:   

Attn Harry:

Putting this to the top of the heap.

Don't know if you saw this - but my Ibanez Byrdland is for sale. Shameless plug for my guitar, I know, but when I emailed you directly Hotmail was unable to deliver... U interested ??

Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2003 - 7:37 pm:   

Attn All:

Just wanted to say the Byrdland is sold. Thanks to you all for writing me or taking time one way or the other. It's going to a good home (one of our Board members), can't ask for anything better...

Johns (Johns)
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2003 - 9:56 pm:   


Wow, that was quick! Are you allowed to say who bought it? Keeping track of these older models makes some sense for us collectors.
Johns (Johns)
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2003 - 10:20 pm:   


BTW, what do you think of the GB10?
Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - 12:30 am:   


Harry finally posted yesterday and I got a more updated email address for him. Lucky guy - it's a great guitar. And like I said I wanted to keep it in "the family", glad I was able to do that.

As for the GB10 I have - wow !!! I had one I found on consignment back in the late '80s... it was a blonde '78 - it was beat but I loved it. But while I was in chef school I had to part with all my guitars and amps one by one to keep the bills paid. THIS GB10 reminds me of why I love GB10s - though I have a phobia for guitars with volutes this GB10 has that neck and action that keeps you playing LOTS longer than any other guitar... You can get great jazz, rock, blues sounds. I use it when playing out in my band at Convalescent Homes. I'm a big guy and have learned to like thin bodied guitars a lot - they're more comfortable for us LARGE SIZED guys... ;-)))

Like I said before I really appreciate all the quick responses from members interested or not. Really great the Byrdland is staying with someone that will TRULY appreciate and treasure it.

Harry (Harry)
Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - 2:51 am:   

Hi all!

I had contact with Mike yesterday and I'm very glad to tell you all that we've got a deal. This beautiful and rare Ibanez Byrdland is gonna get a nice place in my collection over here in Holland where it will be well taken care of, honoured and "saved", like my pal Hasy and I use to call it when a new one comes in our collection(s).
I'm very keen on keeping those oldies preserved in their original condition, so no "better" pickups or tuners will ever be mounted in this one. This guitar is fully original and it will stay this way.
Mike and I came together on a very nice deal and Mike I must say: you're a hell of a guy!
Thanks again and take care,
Harry (Harry)
Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - 3:09 am:   

Hi all!

The "Byrd" that used to be Mike's has landed safe and sound in the Netherlands. And boy, Mike did not say one word too much. Although it's obvious that this guitar has been well used (and having played the beauty, I can fully understand why: it has a dream-neck!!!!) I'm sooooo happy to add this guitar to my collection. It might take a little while, but in near the future this baby will appear in the section "collectors" on our homepage with a picture and a little story.
Mike, I very much appreciate the way we did business. I wish that all deals went that smooth.
You're a great guy and I'm proud to continue your love for this Byrdland over here in Holland. It could never have found a better "new home".
Thanks for everything and who knows....maybe we get in business again.
Kind greetz,
Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - 10:48 pm:   

I second the motion that it was a smooth deal. Harry was easy to work with the whole way. If I could pick one expression that encapsulated doing this deal it would be

Yeah, that's cool...

I don't remember a guitar deal where it was that smooth AND each party felt it was a good deal. Win-win situation for all involved.

Hans (Hans)
Posted on Tuesday, December 02, 2003 - 8:09 am:   

Its very nice to read this thread. Congrats all of you, with this deal. Way to go Harry, that's a realy beautiful addition to your collection! Nice!
Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Tuesday, December 02, 2003 - 2:22 pm:   

There was another 77 blonde Byrdland on ebay over the last week. Real nice one too. Guy had replaced the Ibanez Byrdland tailpiece with a real Gibson one. Pickguard was deteriorating and that was causing some tarnish on the pickup covers (so what ELSE is new there).

Final selling price, don't cry guys, it went for under $1000.00 !!!

Bigmike (Bigmike)
Posted on Tuesday, December 02, 2003 - 2:44 pm:   

$911.11 to be exact. I'd say the buyer did well ;-)))


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