My very first archtop was a 1951 ES-150 and every time I get in one of these old P90 loaded Gibsons, I'm reminded of that classic tone that is heard on so many recordings from the 1950s and 1960s. This guitar definitely has that tone. The notes jump out of this guitar. It can really sing.
When I got the guitar, it had a slight bump in the fingerboard near the tail, where so many of these do. Our master luthier, Darrell Guinn, gently removed the original frets and sanded out this bump, and then made sure all of the frets were perfectly leveled. It now plays like a dream. The playability is guaranteed to satisfy even picky players. Even so, the bridge has adjustment room to move both up and down, as preferred.
This is a player's guitar, and in particular, the back has pickup some scratches, as can be seen in the photos. The neck has also had some of the finish flaked off. The full 50s, C-shaped neck still feels great in the hand. I don't notice the flaked off spots when playing, but some players very sensitive to things like this could easily have this fixed.
The most important parts are still original, most importantly the pickup, but also the bridge, frets, and tailpiece. It still has its slightly curved original pickguard as well. The potentiometers were changed at some point and it now has an orange drop capacitor. The tuners are also new reproductions of the original Kluson Deluxe versions. The speed knobs are also new reproductions.
A very protective new Roadrunner hard shell case with a perfect fit is included.
Weight: 5 lb 10 oz
Nut width: 1 11/16"
$2,699.00 Regular Price