Edd Townsend's - Guitar Site




Edd Townsend established this music facility, in order to help each person interested in guitar, at all levels, or at any age, to excel in the art of bringing forth one's musical expressions. Since each individual enjoys his or her own favorite style of music, and therefore, enjoys a particular style of guitar, it is very important to receive direction and motivation to the optimum degree of considering social facts in a relative light. So, keep your eyes and ears open; you'll learn a lot here at this website.
Tal Farlow model

The Tal Farlow model, first released in 1962, has a body that looks somewhat like the popular ES-5 archtop in its basic dimensions, but from there it departs in its own unusual direction. Its distinctive faux-scroll rounded cutaway, an effect created by inlays that “scroll” into the body (Farlow’s own design), the 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. It has the width of a full-sized archtop at 17” wide, but is nearly half an inch narrower than other large-bodied guitars of the day, coming in at somewhat more comfortable 3” deep. Fully acoustic, it was 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. As preferred by many professional jazz guitarists of the day, the Tal Farlow was made to a 25 1/2” scale length, with a 1 11/16” nut width. An unusual Gibson though it may be — its original five-year production run numbered only 215 guitars — there has been a steady, if limited, demand for this exotic archtop, and Gibson Custom currently produces a Tal Farlow Signature model in the precise image of the original.

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