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1950 Gibson ES-150

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Factory order #: 4437-34

Body size at lower bout: 17". Scale length: 25.5" Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Materials: Tiger flamed maple back, and sides; slab cut maple top; solid Honduras mahogany neck,; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge.

Hardware: Original hardware includes P-90 pickup; nickel trapeze tailpiece; beveled 5-ply pickguard; nickel-plated Kluson Deluxe tuners with newer tulip keys, compensated rosewood bridge; gold bonnet tone and volume knobs;

Notes: Debuting in 1936, the ES-150 was the instrument Charlie Christian made famous: the first commercially successful electric guitar. Originally a 16" guitar, the ES-150 was upsized after the war to L-5 dimensions, with a 17" lower bout and the longer 25.5" scale. With it's larger body and longer neck, the 150 is one of very few electric guitars that can hold its own both amplified and unplugged.

Larger and more costly than the ES-125, the 17" ES-150 is also much scarcer, produced only between 1947 and 1956. This example is from 1950, the first year for the trapezoid inlay and the bound fingerboard. Interestingly, the back is criscrossed with pronounced tiger flame, with a centerseam lending the appearance of a hand carved back, though no seam is visible inside. The effect is dramatic, and unique: we've never seen another Gibson like it.

The instrument is in excellent original condition with all original finish showing no pick, buckle or thumbwear. About the only signs of age are some light checking on the tobacco sunburst top, and a bit of gray in the original 5-ply pickguard. A single short crack near the centerseam in the back near the heel has been solidly resealed, and crumbled buttons on the original Kluson tuners have been replaced. The original hardware is in excellent condition, the action is low and inviting, and the P-90 pickup plays fat and sweet. A rare opportunity to own a true full size, long scale Gibson at a real player's price.

Case: Plush hardshell case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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