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Gibson ES-295 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1953)
Gibson ES-295 Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1953), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # A-15188, gold lacquer finish, laminated maple body; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case.
Here is very nice playing example of one of Gibson's flashiest arch-tops. Finished in gold overall with a cream-colored floral decorated pickguard, the ES-295 has been long recognized as one of the most iconic guitars of the 1950's. The 295 is equipped with double P-90 pickups with white plastic "dog ear" covers and the classic four-knob tone/volume control array with amber "hatbox" knobs. The top is triple bound, back and fingerboard are single-bound. The 19 fret rosewood fingerboard has double parallelogram inlays, the headstock has a pearl crown and "Gibson" inlay.
The guitar features all Gold-plated hardware including the adjustable patent pending "Les Paul" trapeze style bridge/tailpiece with the strings looping over, a defining element in its powerful tone. Other than this bridge unit, the ES-295 is essentially a flashier ES-175 featuring the same laminated maple body and mahogany neck of that model with the eye-catching finish of an all gold Les Paul.
Gibson built 1,770 examples of this model between 1952 and 1958, and they are one of Gibson's most recognizable 1950's classics. This is one of 637 sold in 1953, the model's biggest year. The ES 295 was the guitar played by Scotty Moore on the earliest Elvis Sun records, and is often considered the ultimate Rockabilly guitar. The classic 1950's Ersel Hickey photo that epitomizes the Rockabilly aesthetic features him with his ES-295. The all-gold showboat ranks along with the Gretsch 6120 as the quintessential "Cool Cat's" guitar and a great playing/sounding instrument to boot!
Overall length is 40 3/4 in. (103.5 cm.), 16 1/16 in. (40.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). A very good looking and playing example; well played but also well cared for. Original finish and hardware and the guitar is quite clean from the front. Much of the gold finish is gone from the back of the neck (very typical for this model, as the gold lacquer generally reacted to the player's hand over time, turning greenish and flaking off).
As it stands the current sealed mahogany surface is smooth and very comfortable to play. There is a spot of finish rubbed away on the back on the upper bass bout, again from contact with the player. Excellent neck angle, very good refret some time ago-there are some filled divots in the fingerboard, well done and not too obvious. This is an excellent gigging 295; original and of course flashy as always-just a great sounding 1950's Gibson as well. Includes a nice original Brown HSC. Overall Very Good + Condition.
Item # 5438
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