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Gibson ES-295 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1954)A very clean and fine example!
Gibson ES-295 Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1954), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # A-17427, gold lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown hard shell case.
This is a fantastic example of one of Gibson's all-time 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 iconic guitars of the 1950's. The model is equipped with double P-90 pickups with white plastic "dog ear" covers, controlled with the familiar 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 original ES-295 is a moderately rare guitar; Gibson built 1,770 examples between 1952 and 1958 with 357 sold in this, the model's third production year. They are one of Gibson's most instantly recognizable 1950's classics, and an iconic symbol of 1950's culture in general even 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-this particular guitar is one of the finest we have ever seen!
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 1/4 in. (8.3 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 spectacular all-original guitar, in a far better state of preservation than most of these gold-finished beauties. There is only some extremely light wear overall and and slight discoloration to the gold finish on the back of the neck. This is all typical of the gold lacquer used by Gibson in this period which would usually react with the player's hand-the large majority of surviving ES-295's have considerably more of this effect. This guitar's finish still remains much more intact than many of these instruments-there is virtually no armwear on the top. There is one spot of discoloration on the back where it looks like a bit of tape might have been stuck on long ago and removed, and a few small scratches. Under blacklight examination this guitar exhibits a perfect patina. The frets and fingerboard show very little use. The only really noticeable wear on the hardware is the gold plating on bridge/tailpiece unit is worn down to the base coat with a little corrosion; the tuners still shine in their full golden glory while the pickguard bracket shows some plating loss. The original owner left a small mailing label sticker with his name and address (in Pennsylvania) on the back under the treble f hole. We have to thank him for taking such good care of this guitar-this is really splendidly preserved example, complete with a very nice brown Gibson HSC (made by Stone case Co. in Brooklyn!) with some peeling to the covering on the handle. Excellent + Condition.
Item # 7067
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