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2010 Slaman DS-155

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Serial #: 25016

Body size at lower bout: 16" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 3/4"

Materials: Solid carved spruce top; solid Honduras mahogany back, sides, and neck; solid rosewood fingerboard; pearl script logo and fingerboard inlays; bound body.

Hardware: 100% original hardware includes twin Jason Lollar single coil blade pickups; adjustable compensated rosewood bridge, nickel Grover open back tuners with oval keys; trapeze tailpiece with chrome raised-diamond crossbar, bound tortoise pickguard, volume and tone controls with brown bakelite arrow knobs, endpin jack.

Notes: True historic tone, with all the modern conveniences. The guitar Gibson should have built, but never did.

Announced late in 1936, Gibson's groundbreaking ES-150 ("Electric Spanish') model was Gibson's first 6 string guitar to be fitted with a magnetic pickup, and almost instantly became the world's first commercially successful electric guitar. Quickly championed by pioneering jazz guitarist Charlie Christian, the ES-150 became indelibly identified with the artist, who almost single-handedly invented modern solo jazz guitar. This pioneering guitar has been known to players as the "Charlie Christian model" ever since, despite the fact that Gibson has never referred to it as such to this day.

With its massive cobalt bar magnet and smooth hornlike tone, the ES-150 pickup captivated an entire generation of formative jazz plectrists, including Barney Kessel, Jimmy Raney and legions of others. Dutch luthier Daniel Slaman has been producing the most faithful faithful reissues of this historic instrument for some time. Now, this innovative guitar combines true prewar tone with a modern cutaway design that optimizes playability, and twin pickups for unprecedented versatility.

Known as the DS-155, this instrument is crafted with a solid carved spruce top and solid flamed flat maple back with gleaming vintage style relic sunburst finish. It features Jason Lollar CC pickups, faithfully hand wound to original specs, along with exact original style knurled brown bakelite pointer knobs. The guitar is equipped with prewar style Grover open back tuners, adjustable compensated ebony bridge, and vintage style trapeze tailpiece. Even the signature notched bound tortoise pickguard has been faithfully re-created in genuine nitrocellulose tortoise. The neck has a classic gentle C profile, much friendlier to the modern hand than the bulky prewar V, and the fretwork is impeccably installed, ready to play with smooth low action.

This example is in virtually unplayed condition, with tone like an old 78 brought to life. Sparkling clear at full output, the pickups roll off to the warm glow of an old console radio. Call now, and she'll be Flying Home to you asap.

Setup: 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 .070-.080 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 brown arched deluxe plushlined hardshell case.



































































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