Up for sale, a 2000 Gibson Custom Shop Historic '50s reissue ES-5 in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. From an increasingly heralded era of Gibson production, this ES-5 is a faithful iteration of the guitar that was one of Gibson's premium offerings when first introduced in 1949, sitting just behind the L-5C in the catalog lineup.
Boasting highly figured flame maple construction and a rich Wine Red gloss nitro lacquer finish, this ES-5 has a natural acoustic tone that's snappy and full, with the clarity and cut of maple as a tonewood, and the sweet bloom of the 17" wide fully hollow body. As the first triple pickup guitar offered by Gibson (or any major manufacturer for that matter in '49), the ES-5 was engineered to capture the volume needs and playing dynamics of the most demanding Jazz players, and as such, the trio of P-90s do an excellent job of delivering glassy, articulate trebles, sweet midrange cut, and broad, textured bass frequencies. Each pickup has its own dedicated Volume knob, with a Master Volume on the treble side body cutaway for quick, global adjustments. This ES-5 is particularly lightweight at 7lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation (string gauge and setup can be adjusted to buyer's preferences).
The neck features three pieces of straight tiger flame maple joined by walnut stringers, with a slender and effortless C profile carve, offering just enough roundness in the shoulders and a gentle increase in overall depth as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .785" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 9th. The rosewood fingerboard is framed by five-ply binding and inlaid with pearloid blocks, retaining the original slender vintage-spec fretwire which has its full factory height and flawless crowns, exhibiting zero wear. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale length with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features Gibson Deluxe gold tuning machines with lightly greened keystone buttons, and the tuners turn smoothly and function as intended.
All of the electronics function flawlessly, the gold hardware is bright and clean, and the original plastics are equally well-kept. The gloss Wine Red nitro lacquer finish is practically pristine, with wear limited to just a few exceedingly faint finish scratches and tiny nicks on the guitar as a whole.
The original brown tolex Gibson USA hardshell case with pink plush interior is included.