Vintage 1947 Gibson ES-150 with factory installed P-90 pick-up. Reintroduced into Gibson line in June 1947. Instruments specifically designed for electronic amplification. 17” wide laminated body with arched top & arched back. P-90 pick-up in neck position. Input jack on side of body. Body has single ply binding on front and back. Post war gold silk screen script logo. This variation only available from 1947 thru 1956.

 Beautiful hand sprayed nitro cellulous tobacco sunburst finish. Original Lifton hard shell case with plush lining & accessories pocket. Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay. Hand shaped tapered peg head-(top of peg head is slimmer than base of peg head).

The original pick guard is missing. An aftermarket pickguard is available from Ebay seller Caphob for $59.99 to $99.88. A piece of binding approximately 1.5” in length is missing on the side of body underneath the pickguard. The Tailpiece is not original and the tuners are not original.

Condition: Tuning machines & tail piece are non-original. Strap button added on heel. Lots of play wear. Stress crack in input jack area and on side of body. Back of neck has play wear thru finish. Frets & fingerboard have wear. Binding has yellowed. Case is original and has a lot of wear, new leather handle. Missing tolex and has some seam separation. I screw missing from pickup cover.

Functionality: Excellent. Easy to play. Low action. Easy to bend notes.

If you want a professional level vintage Gibson arch top guitar you’ll probably love this. Plays very easy. Very light weight 5lbs. 7oz). Beautiful tone & volume. The first 10 frets have a significant wear and the fingerboard has wear divots. Truss rod functions as it should.   There are nicks, scratches, dings typical of a guitar that has been played for 70+ years. The 24.75” scale makes it easy to play chords & bend notes. The neck is very comfortable and typical of Gibson’s from this period. The neck feels very similar to an L-5 from this era. The action is low and can easily be adjusted lower or higher using the adjustment wheels on the bridge. Strung with Ernie Ball Power Slinkys with an .011 on top. Just professionally set up, truss rod adjusted, Fingerboard cleaned & treated with non-scented mineral oil. You may want to have it set up to suit your playing style.  

 

Specs:

  • Body: Arched laminated maple with two “F” holes.
  • Braces: Solid maple parallel braces
  • Body dimensions: Lower bout: 17”. Upper bout: 12-9/16th”. Depth: 3-1/4”
  • Binding: Single ply crème binding on front & back of body
  • Scale length: 24.75”.
  • Neck: 1 piece Honduran Mahogany with tapered headstock. Added strap button on heel.
  • Pick up. P-90 with black plastic cover. 1 screw missing from cover. 6 adjustable screws. 8.41 ohms resistance. Coil with approximately 10,000 turns of #42 wire and two M55 alnico III magnets.
  • Knobs: Snap on clear barrel knobs without numbers.
  • Fingerboard: Unbound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay. 20 frets.
  • Weight: 5lbs 7oz/ 2.6 KG
  • Neck: One piece Honduras mahogany with adjustable truss rod.
  • Nut: 1 11/16” wide
  • Bridge: floating adjustable rosewood base & saddle both made from Brazilian rosewood.
  • Tuning machines: Non original Individual Klusons
  • Pick guard: Missing
  • Tail Piece: Non original with tarnishing
  • Finish: Hand sprayed nitrocellulose finish in tobacco sunburst.
  • Case: Original Lifton “built like a fortress” hard shell. Plush blue lining. Missing a lot of exterior covering. Replacement leather handle.

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Condition:
Fair (Used)
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Brand
Gibson
Model
ES-150
Finish
Sunburst
Categories
Archtop, Hollow Body
Year
1947
Made In
United States
Body Type
Hollow Body
Number of Strings
6 String
Right / Left Handed
Right Handed

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