A superb example of the beautiful Gibson ES-295 from 1953. This one has one of the nicest, all original finishes we have seen and bar a perfect refret, is totally original...
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It’s not very often we come across an ES-295 with its original gold finish in such nice a condition as this. Very pretty guitars but their Achilles heel has always been the tendency of that lovely gold finish to flake and wear away at the drop of a hat, or the stroke of a sweaty left hand palm. The back of the neck and where the right forearm rests being particularly vulnerable areas.
Not so with this one. If you have a look at the many photos on our gallery page, you will find probably one of the nicest examples you will see of an all original finish on a 50’s ES-295. This one is original everywhere else too, the only thing that has been done to it is a perfect and recent re-fret carried out by one of the most expensive places to get a re-fret at and yes, they have done a great job.
The reason this one is not in to the five figure territory is due to a very professionally repaired side crack on the upper side (see photos) This again was carried out by the same place that did the refret and was done to the highest standard at we were told, a cost of some £820. It is solid and is a good a job as you can hope for but obviously it is there. At least it is not a headstock or neck repair.
Guitar itself plays beautifully well and been expertly setup with a nice low action and with the combination of that chunky 1953 neck profile, it is a joy to zip up and down the fingerboard. Both original P-90’s are nice, balanced and strong and if you have been reading our write ups for some time you will know we have a real soft spot for the combination of P-90’s on a 50’s Gibson archtop.
This lovely guitar not only has the warmth that can satisfy a seasoned jazzer but also the bite to get a rockabilly crowd rolling. You should come down, plug it in to our 1963 Bassman and hear the results for yourselves. Bring your Elvis songbook if you like too!
Included with this is a superb Lifton brown and pink case that just looks so right with the guitar, in fact the guitar as a whole looks, just so right in our opinion and compared to the flakey finished and worn neck examples you mostly see out there, this one is a true breath of fresh air…
We are located in Cheltenham, the capital of the Cotswolds, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed and tried out through a variety of vintage amplifiers, by appointment only, at our brand new lounge/showroom. We despatch virtually anywhere in the world and we have enormous experience in hassle-free, safe shipping.
ATB Guitars (By appointment Only) 15 Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1HE United Kingdom
Landline: 01242 697607
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