Epiphone Elitist Byrdland Guitar Review :: Electric Guitars Reviews

astounding appointments and peerless tone.

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A solid spruce carved top and AAA flamed maple back and sides plus precision craftsmanship and USA humbuckers result in sumptuous tone while 24K gold-plated hardware, an ebony fretboard, and a gorgeous flaming-chalice headstock inlay lend otherworldly looks. Easy-play 23-1/2″ scale and thinline body.The Epiphone Elitist Byrdland Guitar is one of the all-time most-revered hollowbodies with astounding appointments and peerless tone.
Fully professional-quality guitars non-professionals can afford, the Elitist line from Epiphone combines over 125 years of instrument building experience and expertise with the finest materials. The results are musical instruments of impeccable quality and beauty.

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Sound of Epiphone Elitist Byrdland Electric Guitar

  • the tone unplugged is resonant and bright;
  • well balanced;
  • unbelieveable range of sound possibilities;
  • good for Jazz, country, and R&B, rock;
  • classic jazz sounds and rock ala Led Zepplin/Ted Nugent;
  • don’t expect twanging tele type sounds or being able to “shred”;
  • you can get almost any sound you want out of the guitar from staight Jazz to very grungy rock;
  • sounds better than the L4-CES amplified;
  • accoustically, it’s surprisingly loud for such a thin body.

Pros of Epiphone Elitist Byrdland Electric Guitar

  • there is no need to change any parts;
  • very well equipped;
  • exceptional value;
  • comes very close to the Gibson jazz guitars;
  • quality solid body model with small scale length, producing complex chords, without sacrificing tone, like other smaller scale lengths such as Fender’s 22.95 ;
  • the 23.5 scale length is great for those with small hands;
  • it looks beautiful, everything is top notch;
  • controls are smooth;
  • flawless action.

Cons of Epiphone Elitist Byrdland Electric Guitar

  • the radius of the bridge does not match the radius of the neck;
  • the polyurethane finish gets real swirly when you you wipe it down, you have to use a very soft cloth;
  • it contains a rounded, Venetian cutaway though the florentine cutaway makes it easier to access the frets up the neck near the pickup;
  • for those with big hands, the venetian cutaway would make it hard to reach all the frets;
  • the guitar does have a tendency to feed back;
  • the neck seems to be extremely sensitive to changes in weather/humidity.

Suggestions for this Epiphone Guitar

  • the radius of the bridge does not match the radius of the neck – once you raise the third and fourth string bridge saddles a little, the problem goes away;
  • plug it into any tube amp for great sound;
  • as it is fully acoustic, expect feedback if not careful;
  • it is an archtop and very delicate so handle with care;
  • metalheads shouldn’t look at this one.

Amps & Effects used by users – tube amps, Mesa Boogie,’71 Fender Deluxe Reverb, Behringer Vampire amp, mid-70s Fender Vibro Champ amp

Features + Technical Specs
TunersGrover with Imperial Buttons
FingerboardEbony
Neck5-Piece Maple/Rosewood/Maple/Rosewood/Maple
Neck JointSet, 14th fret
Nut1-11/16″, Bone
BridgeEbony
Scale23-1/2″
TopSolid Spruce
BackAAA Flame Maple
SidesAAA Flame Maple
Rhythm PU50SR (Gibson USA Humbucker)
Treble PU50ST (Gibson USA Humbucker)
Controls2-V, 2-T; 3-Way Pickup Selector
Machine headsGrover
StringsGibson USA
Hardware24K Gold
FinishesVintage Sunburst, Natural
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