Up for sale, a 1953 Gibson ES-140 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original chipboard faux alligator case. An extremely well-kept golden age Gibson, this ES-140 is 100% original save for a replacement pair of bonnet knobs and new buttons on the Kluson Deluxe strip tuners.
A 3/4" size archtop with a compact 22 3/4" scale length, the ES-140's dimensions are quite unique, boasting all maple body construction and a full 3 1/4" body depth. The natural acoustic tone is bold and clear, and the neck position P-90 delivers both burly bark and glassy, dynamic treble snap, perfect for complex chord voicings or overdriven Bluesy sweetness. Featherweight at 4lbs, we've had this Gibson professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-52 roundwound strings with a wound G.
The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a deep C profile carve at the nut, worthy of the baseball bat moniker yet very easily navigable even for smaller hands given the nut width and scale length. Ideally substantive and central to the resonance of the instrument, the neck measures .905" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 9th. The dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original slender banjo frets which are nigh flawless with just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays easily up the truncated 22 3/4" scale, and the nut measures 1 9/16" in width. On the headstock, the gold Gibson silkscreen is extremely clean, and the no-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well with modern white plastic buttons.
The original electronics function as intended, and the P-90 features stock windings with some tape around the black plastic bobbin and a couple splits across the bobbin plastic, yet the pickup operates (and meters) exactly as it should, safely encased in the original cover. Hardware includes the original floating Brazilian rosewood bridge and nickel trapeze tailpiece, and the original transparent tortoise pickguard rounds out the plastics in addition to the bonnet knobs. The Y-prefix factory order number is bold and visible through the F hole, translating to 1953. The original nitro lacquer Sunburst gloss finish exhibits vertical finish checking across the body, along with just a few tiny additional marks on top and light scuffs central to the back. There are some additional dings primarily on the sides, and a couple spots of touchup on the treble side at the waist from light case hinge wear. A strap button has been added to the neck heel, and the neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear with only a few minor marks, mostly clustered on the treble-side shoulder between frets 6-7.
The original form-fit faux alligator chipboard case is included. The case retains its Gibson badge on the case pocket, with functional latches and the original molded plastic handle.