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Gibson ES 150

7 March 2011 No Comment

Gibson ES 150The Gibson ES-150 is well loved by jazz guitarists who appreciate the rich, mellow sound of the 1930s jazz band. But more than just a great jazz guitar, it was Gibson's first serious attempt at making a Spanish style electric guitar that could be both commercially viable and pleasing to the serious guitarist. As for the 150 designation, it came from the fact that the first model cost $150 and included an EH-150 amplifier.

The Gibson ES-150 was immediately popular among jazz bands because it enabled the guitar player to make a more significant contribution than he could with an acoustic instrument, especially in terms of solo work. Famed jazz guitarist Eddie Durham epitomized the new role of the electric guitar in jazz music by performing what was believed to be the first solo on an electric - using an ES-150.

One of the greatest features of this guitar was the design of the solid spruce top largely free of the feedback issues commonly known among electrics of the day. The ES-150 was originally made with a single coil pickup, affectionately known as the "Charlie Christian" pickup, which produced a warm tone that could fill both bar room and concert hall.

The mellow sound of the early Gibson ES-150 was hard to reproduce as the line underwent significant changes. Among those changes, the Charlie Christian was replaced by a single P-90 pickup on a new, 17" hollow body introduced after World War II. That model was discontinued in the early 1950s.

Although Gibson tried to keep the line alive by introducing the ES-150DC in the 1960s, it was was never well-received and was discontinued in the 1970s. Today, the 1936-1941 ES-150s are still considered among the best Gibson jazz guitars ever made. If you can find one on the vintage guitar market, and you can afford it, it's a guitar well worth its weight in gold.

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