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Gibson ES-295 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1952)
Gibson ES-295 Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1952), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # A-12079, gold lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case.
A great example of one of Gibson's flashiest arch-tops. Finished in gold with a cream-colored floral decorated pickguard, the ES-295 has been long recognized as one of the iconic guitars of the 1950's. The 295 is equipped with double P-90 pickups with white plastic "dog ear" covers, controlled with the classic four-knob tone and 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. The ES-295 is essentially a flashier ES-175 featuring the same laminated maple body and mahogany of that model with the eye-catching finish of an all gold Les Paul.
The ES-295 is a fairly rare guitar; Gibson built 1,770 examples of this model between 1952 and 1958 with 297 sold in this, the model's introductory year. They are one of Gibson's most recognizable 1950's classics, and an iconic symbol of 1950's culture in general beyond the guitar world. 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 Ersel Hickey photo that epitomizes the Rockabilly aesthetic features him boppin' away on his ES-295. The model is the quintessential "cool cat's" guitar and a great sounding instrument to boot!
Overall length is 40 3/4 in. (103.5 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 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 11/16 in. (43 mm.). This is a very nice and original guitar. There is some light typical wear overall and as usual more wear to the gold finish on the back of the neck. There is greening to the metallic paint in the lower positions, loss down to the wood on the treble side and a patch of missing lacquer behind the 8th fret area. This is all typical of the gold lacquer used by Gibson in this period which would usually react with the player's hand. This guitar's neck finish still remains more intact than many of these instruments. There is a small repaired crack to the pickguard by the mounting screw, which is the correct style but a replacement. The only notable alteration to the guitar is a period decal of a coy semi-undraped lady adjusting her undies on the bass side about where the player's arm rides. General play wear is light; gold plating on bridge is fairly well worn. A really well preserved example, complete with a very nice brown Gibson HSC (tastefully decorated with several more Vargas-style ladies in deacl form on the lid) and the original hang tag. Excellent - Condition.
Item # 6463
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