Also known as the Switchmaster, the Gibson ES-5 wielded three P-90 pickups, three volume knobs and a master tone control. After 1957, the ES-5 was given a triple set of PAF humbuckers. Examples with the humbuckers are considerably more valuable than the earlier P-90 editions.

This is a tenor version with 4 strings.

Years of Production: 1949 - 1962

Body Style: Archtop

Design Elements: Three P-90 pickups, trapeze tailpiece, three volume and one tone knobs, bound pickguard, F-holes, block inlays

Notable Players: Billy Gibbons, T-Bone Walker, Frank Zappa

Product Specs

  • ES-5 Tenor
  • Natural
  • 1953
Body Shape
  • Single Cutaway
Body Type
  • Hollow Body
Number of Strings
  • 6 String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed

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