Vintage 1951 Gibson Es-5 Electric Archtop Hollowbody Guitar Immaculate Wow


Vintage 1951 Gibson Es-5 Electric Archtop Hollowbody Guitar Immaculate Wow

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Vintage 1951 Gibson Es-5 Electric Archtop Hollowbody Guitar Immaculate Wow:
$8,100



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Vintage 1951 Gibson ES-5 Electric Archtop Hollowbody Guitar Immaculate! WOW!

Well folks, you don’t get a chance to see something like this every day. This is an absolutely stunning ES-5 that we are selling on behalf of the family of the original owner. This was bought brand new, and as the title shows, this was a one-owner, completely un-messed with. The family remembers being told that it was custom ordered from Gibson at the time, and as you can see…this was maintained extremely well over the years. When you view the last picture in the sale, you'll see this guitar many, many years ago, being played by the original owner. The smile on his face, I think captures everything we feel about this guitar.

You’ll notice one major thing from the pictures, and probably can’t fully comprehend the extent of it until you have it in your hands, but the condition on this is absolutely pristine. We don’t like to use the word “mint” around here, but aside from very light marks here and there, you’ll be hard pressed to find a Gibson from this era in the same presentation. This is a absolutely stunning example of a treasured instrument that has been cherished and loved for over 60 years!

Gibson ES-5 guitar introduction specs:

17" wide, rounded single cutaway, three P-90 pickups, three volume controls, one master tone control on cutaway bout, trapeze tailpiece with pointed ends and three raised parallelograms (like an gold ES-175 tailpiece), laminated beveled-edge pickguard, bound F-holes (a few early model with unbound F-holes), pointed-end fingerboard with 5-ply binding, large block fingerboard inlays, single bound peghead, crown peghead inlay, gold plated parts, brown sunburst or natural finish. Three piece neck with two pieces of maple and a thin layer of dark wood between them.

It has just been gone through by our tech, and he reports back that everything is two thumbs up. The neck adjusted perfectly, action is absolutely fabulous, and it’s playing like a dream! There is very very minimal fretwear on the neck as you can see, and the carve on it is a very comfortable 50’s style, with a great feel. As far as we can tell, everything on this is original and un-messed with, with the exception of possibly some of the pickup mounting screws. We don’t see any evidence of anything having been replaced or modified. There are no cracks, no separations, no issues whatsoever that we can tell…a true time-capsule here! The tone on this is absolutely spectacular and it can not be matched with anything else that isn’t a 50’s ES guitar. The maple figuring is jaw dropping, captivating, and classy, especially for a 60 year old guitar. It’s taken on a beautiful golden hue from the years, and we hope to send this off to someone who will continue to cherish and play it.

For what this guitar is, in its’ condition, the family has agreed to a very reasonable reserve price. We will ship this out tightly and professionally packed, and it will be fully insured for the final winning offer (insurance is included in the handling fee). The original case is also in fabulous shape, with a fully functional handle, and working latches. Thanks so much for looking, and please feel free to ask any questions. Good luck!

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On Jun-20-13 at 20:29:45 PDT, seller added the following information:


Vintage 1951 Gibson Es-5 Electric Archtop Hollowbody Guitar Immaculate Wow:
$8,100

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