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Gibson EH-150 Lap Steel Electric Guitar (1937)
Gibson EH-150 Model Lap Steel Electric Guitar (1937), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 1319-50, sunburst lacquer finish, maple body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original tweed hard shell case.
The original Gibson EH-150 with the "Charlie Christian" style blade pickup is generally considered the best sounding lap steel guitar in the company's history. It was also one of the first commercially successful electric instruments, and instrumental in putting Gibson squarely in the forefront of that new field . This early 1937 model has the original blade pickup coil with the full-size bar magnets underneath-by most reckoning the finest version of this deservedly much lauded unit.
With a beautiful burl maple top triple-bound in celluloid and a pearl peghead inlay, this somewhat "dressed up" 1937 ES-150 is a particularly attractive lap guitar. All of these semi-hollow body maple Gibson steels have a very rich, powerful tone with plenty of definition. An excellent-playing and sounding steel, as well as a superbly classy-looking instrument in the longstanding Gibson tradition!
Overall length is 31 7/8 in. (81 cm.), 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 1/4 in. (565 mm.). Width of nut is 2 1/4 in. (57 mm.). This EH-150 is completely original inside and out showing some light wear and tear but no major scars. All fittings are original and unaltered including the Grover G-98 tuners, the tailpiece/bridge unit, molded Bakelite knobs and all-important pickup. The finish has some dings and dents, mostly on the top due to pick and/or bar contact.
The Celluloid binding on the back edge looks to have been scraped down just a bit-it may have taken on a green tint from prolonged contact with the case lining and been cleaned up. The only alterations are someone put the initials "JP" on the top near the lower knob in very small letters, which have since been removed but the residue is visible. All told a very nice example of this most attractive pre-war Gibson steel. It remains complete in its original tweed case, which is in good shape but has contact paper applied to the bottom only for reasons lost to history! Excellent Condition.
Item # 8529
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