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1948 Gibson ES-150

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FON#: 2797-17

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

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

Hardware: 100% original hardware includes adjustable P-90 pickup; nickel trapeze tailpiece; compensated rosewood bridge; beveled 5-ply pickguard, nickel-plated Kluson open back tuners, and clear gold barrel tone and volume knobs, adjustable truss rod.

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 1/2" scale. With it's larger body and longer neck, the postwar ES-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 outstanding example was built in the first year for a number of significant features, including the modern Gibson logo, beveled 5 ply guard and adjustable polepieces, and the dot fingerboard and tall clear gold barrel knobs were both discontinued by 1950.

This babied guitar is in simply phenomenal condition, with 100% original hardware and finish, without cracks, pick, or buckle wear. The action is low and inviting, the P-90 pickup plays fat and sweet, and the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard has fine medium frets over a gentle full C profile neck. An exceptional example of a legendary model, never yet reissued. Call now.

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 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: Vintage plush lined arched hardshell case.








































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