1952 Gibson ES-5
For your consideration, Garrett Park Guitars presents this 1952 Gibson ES-5.
Just in is this fabulous ES-5, which was purchased from the original owner's family in North Carolina. Simply put, it is a stunning instrument, and a gorgeously intact example from the Golden Age of Gibson.
The ES-5 was Gibson's first electric guitar to be named not for its price-point (as had been the case with the ES-125, 150, and so on) but for its aesthetic inspiration: the legendary L-5 acoustic, introduced in 1923, which is why the ES-5 sports similar binding on the peghead, fingerboard, and f-holes; mother-of-pearl block inlays; and gold-plated hardware. However, as you can see with this '52 example, the ES-5 was more than an electrified reincarnation of an old model. Featuring a fancier tailpiece and tuners, a crown headstock ornament, a rosewood fretboard, and three P90s, this guitar was one of Gibson's premier offerings of the day.
This example is in excellent working and cosmetic condition. It has a warm and rich acoustic sound that begs to be amplified. If you want to nail classic American popular music from jazz to rockabilly, there's no substitute for this ES-5. It has just one flaw, a hairline crack at the heel, which doesn't seem to have been caused by mishandling, and certainly doesn't affect the guitar's structural or sonic integrity. Otherwise, this instrument is nearly flawless and a testament to Gibson's Gold Age.
Serial Number: A-9623
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