The Epiphone Elitist guitars are widely recognized as some of the very best Epiphones (or Gibsons, for that matter) built since Gibson acquired Epiphone and started building up their sister company in the late 50s and early 60s.

Perhaps one of the rarest offerings from the Elitist lineup is the Byrdland. Built in the Terada factory in Japan, this is the closest representation of a modern Byrdland you'll find outside of a true Gibson. It's essentially an L5 CES with a short-scale neck, making it one of the most playable jazz boxes out there, especially for fast melodic playing. Top-tier appointments like gold hardware throughout, inlaid Ebony bridge, custom wound humbuckers, and Grover Imperial tuners make it a total stage darling. And with the majority of Elitist Byrdlands finished in Natural, this makes this Sunburst example an even rarer variant. 

Condition: Near Mint. The guitar is in exceptionally clean condition, showing very minimal play time or handling time for that matter. All of the gold hardware remains bright and clean, with only the neck pickup cover revealing the slightest bit of wear. The body and neck finish is superb and free of any nicks, dents, or scuffs. The original frets present as essentially unworn save for some very minor wear in frets 1-2 on the plain strings. There was once a very small vertical split (opening of the spruce following a grain line) from the bottom edge of the treble side F-hole to the lower bout binding edge, but that has since been closed up and delicately repaired. You'd be hard pressed to even notice if we didn't mention it. It comes in its equally clean original hardshell case that has all of the original paperwork.

If there's a cleaner one out on the market, we haven't seen it.

  • AAA flame maple back and sides
  • Solid Spruce top
  • 5-piece Maple/Rosewood neck w/ Ebony fingerboard
  • 60s Neck Profile: .83" @ 1st fret / .93" @ 8th fret
  • 1 11/16" Nut width
  • Scale length: 23 1/2"
  • Pickups: 50SR rhythm USA humbucker, 50ST treble USA humbucker
  • Controls: 2 volume, 2 Tone
  • Pickup Switching: 3-way selector
  • Hardware: 24K Gold Hardware
  • Machine Heads: Grover tuners with Imperial buttons
  • Bridge/Tailpiece: Ebony bridge
  • Weight: 6lb 15oz
The Music Emporium

The Music Emporium

Brand New
10 Years
The Music Emporium
Joe Caruso
Lexington, MA
10:07 AM
Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm Wednesday and Thursday: 11am-8pm Sunday: Closed

We accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover directly for phone, email orders and in store purchases. Secure on line payments can also be made through our PayPal account. We will gladly accept personal checks but there may be a shipment delay while the check clears our bank. For international purchases, we strongly encourage Wire Transfers but in some cases will accept the above payment methods. To wire money directly to our bank, contact us for bank info.

We ship all instruments with a 48-hour approval period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities. The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Post, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

Upon receiving your instrument, please inspect it to insure that the condition of the instrument is as described in your communication with us. Please contact us immediately via phone or email if you find any damage to the case or instrument that wasn't previously disclosed at time of purchase. If you decide to return the instrument, you must notify us via phone or email within 48 hours of delivery. We'll instruct you on how to make the return. Please pack the instrument in the same manner in which it was received, using all supplied packing materials, Unless instructed otherwise, you must ship the instrument using the same service in which it was delivered (Next day, Ground etc.) and insure it for its full value. The Music Emporium will issue a refund for the full purchase price once the instrument arrives, provided it arrives in the condition in which it left our shop. All shipping charges will be the responsibility of the customer.