1959 Gibson ES 5 Switchmaster Blonde

£16,999.00

1 in stock

1959 Gibson ES 5 Switchmaster Blonde

Every now and then we get something really special in so its a real pleasure to have this rare and beautiful blonde Gibson ES5 Switchmaster with us. Its not only just one of only 33 guitars produced in total for Gibson’s golden year of 1959, but one of only 128 blonde examples produced with PAF humbuckers. The ES5 was first introduced in 1949 as the “supreme electronic version” of the top of the line L5, and as such was the most expensive electric in the catalogue. Revamped in 1955 to the layout we see here and with PAF humbuckers by 1957, the model had a relatively short run being discontinued by 1962. Ours as you can see is certainly a supreme example with hardly any discernible wear and retaining its factory fresh colour and finish. All its lines and edges are nice and crisp and the guitar reveals flame in its maple construction at different angles. Suffice to say it plays superbly on its unscathed factory frets and smooth velvety ebony board. The neck profile is a perfect example of the Gibson 1959 carve.  There is a small tan line where the guitar has been stored for some time with the bridge slightly off center, but in the scheme of things it doesn’t detract from the overall splendor. The 3 PAFs all have strong output and sound as you would expect, and all switched positions work well even the switch tip is the original Pat Pend tip. The guitar has its original non wired factory gold ABR1 bridge and all the gold plate is bright with some wear to the humbucker covers as you would expect.

Comes with its original case

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