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2000 Gibson ES-350 Custom

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Serial # 20660008

Body size at lower bout: 17". Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Finish: Vintage sunburst finish

Materials: Arched tiger flame maple top, back and sides; maple neck with walnut centerstripe; solid rosewood fingerboard with block mother of pearl inlays; solid bone nut.

Hardware: All-original hardware includes twin P-90 pickups; gold Gibson Deluxe tuners with single-ring tulip keys, compensated adjustable ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge; wide beveled 5-ply pickguard; amber barrel knobs and 3 way switch; gold trapeze tailpiece.

Notes: Gibson's first cutaway electric guitar, the ES-350 was introduced in 1947 and produced in very limited numbers until 1956. A favorite of jazz greats including Barney Kessel and Tal Farlow, the ES-350 incorporated a full depth 17" L-5 size body with classic P-90 pickups, feedback resistant flame maple construction, and a long scale neck, a rarity among Gibson electrics.

With its unique combination of tone, playability, and striking good looks, the original ES-350 has always been a popular guitar here. And though Gibson has reissued the slimline version of the model (ES-350T) in several editions, the firm yet to reproduce the classic full-depth original. But one determined customer wouldn't take "no" for an answer, and commisioned this spectacular one-off re-creation of this pathbreaking instrument.

This striking guitar incorporates the most desirable features of this legendary model. The twin P-90 pickups debuted in 1948; the four knob construction was introduced in 1952, and the Tune-o-matic bridge appeared only in 1956. (And for the traditionalist, the guitar is supplied with an extra compensated ebony bridge as well.) Finally, the graceful L-5 style bound fingerboard features solid block pearl inlays with the signature pointed finial at fingerboard's end.

The Custom Shop didn't skimp on the looks either: this guitar is bedecked with deep rollers of tiger maple from peghead to tailpiece. The neck has a comfy moderate D profile, and the dark rosewood fingerboard is fitted with classic medium jumbo frets with smooth, low action. The vintage correct twin P-90 single coil pickups are clear and detailed, with an appealing sweetness and musicality: ideal for comping or chord melody alike. Maintained in virtually unplayed condition, this handsome and versatile player roams the gamut from 50's bop to T-Bone blues with the flick of a switch.

And did we mention rare? As far as we know, this big beauty is still the only full depth 350 built in over a half century. Could be awhile till the next one: call now.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation strobe tuned; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original deluxe black Gibson logo plush lined arched hardshell case.



















































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