This is a beautiful, all original 1946, script logo Gibson ES-300 finished in original two tone sunburst finish with the rare mahogany body. It is really to look at and beautiful to play, it is also loud acoustically so if you do not fancy plugging this guitar with the earliest vintage P-90 with non adjustable pole pieces, you can more than happily, strum away, almost like a vintage acoustic but with that Jazz tone feel and vibe.
Totally original from the headstock down to the tailpiece and to say this is in itself is a rare thing when talking about a script logo archtop. The tuners are early Klusons with no protruding shaft, the lovely but unusual tailpiece is correct and in remarkable, break free condition and even the pickguard is in superb shape with no apparent signs of gassing.
Vintage P-90 is a stonking one with a powerful output that would set a LP Junior to shame, all original windings too. It has no adjustable pole pieces and is one of the earliest P-90's we have seen. It must be one of the first to be fitted after they ditched the pretty bad diagonal P-90 configuration.Both pots are original as is all the solder plus those, far too funky for their own good, clear/gold knobs that you rarely see intact these days.
Guitar is in superb, near MINT condition and it would be aside from some fine wonderful checking that is all over (see pics). There are a few dings here and there, a couple of small ones on the back of the neck near the 12th fret but these are pretty minor and for a 76 year old guitar, it really defies belief..!
Original frets and fingerboard have just about zero wear so this guitar plays just about as good as it did when new. Again, totally gob smacking for a 76 year old.
Original case is wonderfully quaint black case with plush red lining made by Lifton and is a testament to their skills as a case builder for it to last this long in this condition.
Dare we say it, but we think this is the finest example out there and if you are looking for a classic archtop then at this price it has got to be a vintage bargain...