Gibson ES-5 1953
Gibson ES-5 1953
This 1953 Gibson ES-5 is a stunning example of one of Gibson's finest archtop guitars ever produced. Its body is crafted from high-quality maple wood, finished in a rich sunburst color that has aged beautifully over time. The guitar has a distinct ƒ hole design that is characteristic of Gibson archtops, providing a warm and resonant sound.
The neck of the ES-5 is also made from maple, with a rosewood fretboard and mother-of-pearl inlays. The neck profile is comfortable and easy to play, with a scale length of 24.75 inches.Read More
One of the standout features of the ES-5 is its trio of P-90 single-coil pickups. These pickups deliver a rich and full-bodied tone, with plenty of warmth and clarity. They are controlled by the 3 individual volume controls and a master tone on the lower horn providing a wide range of tonal options.
The ES-5 was designed with versatility in mind, making it suitable for a variety of musical genres. It can produce everything from smooth jazz tones to twangy country sounds and gritty blues riffs. The guitar has a powerful and dynamic sound that is sure to impress any guitarist.
Overall, the 1953 Gibson ES-5 is a remarkable instrument that represents the pinnacle of electric archtop guitar design. Its classic styling and exceptional sound quality make it a highly sought-after collector's item and a joy to play.
Electronics - All original
Tuners - Vintage replacements
Tailpiece - Vintage nickel replacement
Bridge - Vintage correct reproduction
The neck has been reset at some point and it has had a historic headstock repair which has some overspray covering it, but it has not had a full break. It has also been refretted and lost the nibs. The rest of the finish is in good condition and has an excellent checking as is expected of an instrument of this age. It plays brilliantly and is available with a period correct case but a flight case can be provided.