I purchased a 2002 byrdland , gorgeous white blonde, rounded cutaway horn, about two years ago-drop dead mint-wood to rival a CItation’s, wonderful fit and finish. And I purchased by negotiating hard – $4k out the door – and truly indistinguishable from new.
I had wanted a gibson byrdland for thirty years. I love the shape and fingerboard detail and headstock-
to me it was like a thin L5 in overall appearance, but wider-sort of a ‘sports car’ archtop if you will..not unlike a Jag. I am able to adjust and generally enjoy almost any neck and fingerboard – not all, but the vast majority. And, as my first guitar I had a 64 Jag – another short scale (which i never knew I didn’t like until I played a Strat and and a Les Paul)
I have a friend who’ve only played two Byrdlands in his time. I expected the short scale to have a marked effect on their tone. I was very pleasantly surprised. Both instruments sounded tip top. Each sounded very much like an L5, actually. (Talking about the neck pickup, here.)
I am really happy with my Gibson Byrdland. The pickups are made with slightly narrower string spacing because the guitar is just a little bit smaller. Everything is proportional. I found the guitar(s) to be insanely comfortable to play.
I think they are a blast to play.