Gibson ES-350

A beautiful vintage Gibson Tal Farlow electric archtop was the subject of a recent profile by Vintage Guitar, as part of the publication’s “Classic Instruments” series. Describing the guitar as “the rarest of the ‘60s archtop Artist models,” the article notes that the Tal Farlow was “a truly professional instrument.”

“The Tal Farlow is one guitar in a quartet of full-depth Gibson Artists models first cataloged in the early 1960s,” states the author. “Introduced in ’62, it was based on the ES-350 – the guitar Farlow used with Red Norvo and his own trio in the mid ’50s. Built in the tradition of ’50s Gibson electric archtops, the Tal Farlow met with only mild success, perhaps not only because Farlow had retired from active playing almost six years previously, but because the era of full-depth archtops was coming to a close.”

The article goes on to describe the appointments and features of the guitar in great detail. The author also notes that Gibson produced a total of 215 Tal Farlows before the instrument was officially discontinued in 1971. Click here to check out the Tal Farlow reissue model.