I bought my Gibson Tal Farlow in 2005. I had seen it for sale on the internet at Murch Music. With Tal being my personal guitar hero, I had been gassing for a Tal in Viceroy Sunburst for a while so I bought it just from a picture! The price was right and the dealer was a respectable Guitar store in Canada and after some mail correspondence the deal was made.
Personally, I think the Tal Farlow is one of the prettiest archtops ever made. And it does perfectly what the name suggests. It's a great bop guitar! It sounds woody and mellow and still crisp. Check out some sounds here in the video below. The tune is Wes' "Road Song,"
The TF model has a 25.5 inch neck scale length (same as the L-5 and Super 400), a unique pickguard shape, reversed J-200 inlays on the rosewood fretboard, double crown inlay on the headstock, L-7 style tailpiece with signature inlay, and Kluson Super (waffle-back) tuners. Many of the early 1960s models have a Tal-designed scroll in the horn of the upper bout (although some do not). For the original series, a sunburst finish, ‘Viceroy Brown’, was standard. The model was reissued by Gibson in the 90’s and then wine red, blonde and a darker sunburst finish were added to the original sunburst finishes of the 1960s. They all carry the scroll inlay in the cutaway.
Check out a video that I did on the specifications of the TF. The video is 6 minutes 40 secs.
The Gibson Tal Farlow is really a great, great guitar, it is the same model used by Tal and its value is increased 'cause today is no longer in production.ReplyDelete
My dream guitar, it is a beauty, one day...ReplyDelete
I have a red 2005 and a 2012 crimson edition in blonde with gold pick ups. It's a thing of beauty. Don't play the blonde even though they have more fun ! Just stashed away for my retirement !!ReplyDelete
The TF is the ultimate tone machine for me. If I had the means I would own one or maybe a vintage ES 350 long scale with a CC rider for that 50s vibe. I wonder where is now Tal's faded prototype he was using almost exclusively until he passed away...A beauty in any case!!!ReplyDelete
JERA SOWILO, HELLO TO YOU - the faded TAL FARLOW Gibson model guitar that TAL FARLOW actually used - along with all his other guitars - ! - was sold by his wife MICHELLE HYK FARLOW through RUDY'S Music Store on 48th street in New York City only a few months after her husband TAL FARLOW had passed away - that to me is a real shame - I knew TAL FARLOW as a friend and it is a shame that anyone but a family relative or very good MUSICIAN friend of TAL FARLOW should ever have been able to buy any of HIS guitars - Please contact me at my personal e - mail email@example.com for any more stories of TAL FARLOW and I - thank you , Joe Nania a.k.a. Hollywood JoeDelete
great guitar...sound and looks greatReplyDelete
DUTCH BOPPER it is 20 years since TAL FARLOW passed away back on July 25 1998- I knew him well- I jammed with HIM when I visited HIM with my mother Claire - at his house in Sea Bright , New Jersey - it was all a dream - Joe Nania a.k.a. Hollywood JoeReplyDelete