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.