The Tal Farlow model, first released in 1962, has a body that is outwardly reminiscent of the popular ES-5 in its basic dimensions, but from there it departs in its own unique model form as dictated b... Read More
The Tal Farlow model, first released in 1962, has a body that is outwardly reminiscent of the popular ES-5 in its basic dimensions, but from there it departs in its own unique model form as dictated by this gifted guitarist. Its trademark faux-scroll rounded cutaway (Farlow' own design), upside-down J-200 fingerboard inlays, double-crown headstock inlays, and Tal Farlow trapeze tailpiece with inlaid rosewood block set it apart from any other archtop Gibson had ever created. This unusual signature model has always been a rare bird, and only 215 examples were produced between 1962-™69.
Gibson has always recognized the value of working with leading artists of the day, and Tal Farlow has been both a first-call sideman and a popular solo artist of the 1950s and ™60s. His performance credits read like a who' who of the jazz world: he joined Margarie Hyams™ band in 1948, was a member of the Red Norvo Trio (originally with Charles Mingus) from 1949-™53, when he joined Artie Shaw' Gramercy Five for a spell, before forming his own notable trio.
Body and Neck
Gibson' Custom Shop makes the Tal Farlow today in the exact image of the original, down to the enlarged five-point pickguard and the Farlow scroll cutaway, created”now as then”by curling the binding into the body at the cutaway to create the impression of a mandolin-like scroll. It' a full-sized archtop at 17 wide and, more comfortable than other models of its day, 3 deep. As preferred by many professional jazz guitarists, including Farlow, the ES rounded neck profile is made to a 25 1/2 scale length, with a 1 11/16 nut width. The model also features multi-ply binding on the body' top and back, single-ply white binding on the fingerboard, headstock, and f-holes.
Fully acoustic, it is also a fully electric model, with two set-in humbucking pickups with individual volume and tone controls, and a three-way selector switch. Its floating rosewood bridge base carries an ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge for full adjustment of individual string intonation and excellent sustain. Outfitted with L-5 Electric .012 strings, the Tal Farlow model comes with the standard Gibson Custom case and certificate of authenticity.
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