Gibson ES Series
The Gibson ES series of semi-acoustic guitar (hollow body electric guitar) are manufactured by the Gibson Guitar Corporation. The letters ES stand for Electric Spanish, to distinguish them from Hawaiian-style guitars which were played flat on the lap.
- ES-5 (1949-1955) Three-pickup, full depth hollowbody.
- ES-5 Switchmaster (1955-1962)
- ES-100 (1938-1941) Entry-level archtop hollow-body model.
- (Renamed to ES-125)
- ES-120T (1962-1971) Most basic student model, thinline.
- ES-125 (1941-1970) Successor of ES-100.
- 1956/1960 ES-125T thinline model added.
- ES-130 (1954-1956) (Renamed to ES-135)
- ES-135 (1956-1958) Thick-body version of ES-125TDC.
- (1991-2002) Thin semi-hollow-body with center-block.
- ES-137 (2002-) Upscaled ES-135 with Les Paul sound.
- ES-140 (1950-1957) 3/4 size, short scale ES-175.
- ES-140T (1956-1968) Thinline ES-140 3/4T.
- ES-150 (1936-1956) Gibson's first electric guitar, based on L-50.
- (1937-?) EST-150 (tenor) and EPG-150 (plectrum) were shipped.
- (1969-1974) ES-150DC resembling thick ES-335.
- ES-165 (1991-) Single pickup ES-175 based on Herb Ellis's.
- ES-175 (1949-) Full depth, florentine cutaway, maple top, 24 3/4" scale.
- (1953-) ES-175D (dual pickup)
- (1976-1979) ES-175T (thinline hollow-body)
- ES-225T (1955-1959) Variation on ES-125T (thinline, florentine cutaway), with trapeze bridge.
- ES-250 (1938-1940) Rare, fancier version of ES-150.
- ES-260 (1982-1983) Resembling ES-125T/ES-225T (thinline, florentine cutaway), but semi-hollow with center block, stop tailpiece, and humbuckers instead of P90 pickups. Knob placement differed slightly from other ES-series.
- ES-295 (1952-1959) ES-175 resembling Les Paul Goldtop with trapeze bridge.
- ES-300 (1940-1952) Slant-mounted long pickup.
- ES-320TD (1971-1974) Similar to ES-330TD but with tune-o-matic and metal control plate.
- ES-325 (1972-1979) Similar to ES-330TD but with mini-humbuckers, single f-hole, and a half-moon shaped plastic control plate.
- ES-330TD (1958-) Double rounded cutaway, thinline hollow-body.
- ES-333 (c.2001-2003) Stripped down version of ES-335.
- ES-335 (1958-) World's first thinline archtop semi-acoustic. (semi-hollow-body with center-block)
- (2013-) ES-335 Bass
- ES-336 (1996-2001) Replaced by CS-336.
- ES-339 (2007-) Size of CS-336 with construction of ES-335.
- ES-340TD (1968-1973) ES-335 with a master volume/mixer and phase switch.
- ES-345 (1958-1981) ES-335 construction, but with parallelogram inlays, Varitone, and stereo outputs.
- ES-347 (1978-1990s?) Alternate ES-345 with a coil-tap switch instead of Varitone.
- ES-350 (1947-1956) Rounded cutaway ES-300.
- ES-355 (1958-1982) Upscaled ES-345 (ebony fretboard, extra binding, etc.) with vibrato unit, optional Varitone and stereo outputs.
- ES-359 (2008-) Upscaled ES-339 (ebony fretboard, extra binding, gold hardware, block inlays).
- ES-369 (late1970s-1980s?)
- ES-390 (2013-) Similar in size to the ES-339, but with the fully hollow construction of ES-330. Equipped with mini humbuckers (2013 model year) or dog-ear P90s (2014-present).
- ES-775 (1990-1993) ES-175 with higher quality components.
- ES Artist (1979-c.1985) Upscale model of ES-335 without f-holes, with active circuit by Moog.
- Byrdland (1955-) Thinline, short-scale L-5 CES,
- Barney Kessel (1961-1974) Barney Kessel model.
- 3" deep, double florentine cutaway hollow-body (Two versions, Regular and Custom).
- Johnny Smith (1961-1989?) Later renamed as Gibson LeGrande.
- Tal Farlow (1962-1971) Tal Farlow model.
- Trini Lopez (1964-1971) Trini Lopez two versions:
- one based on ES-335, other similar to Kessel model with diamond-shaped sound holes and a single-side headstock.
- Les Paul Signature (c.1972-c.1975)
- Lucille (1980-1985) B.B. King model based on ES-355TD-SV without f-holes.
- Howard Roberts Fusion (1980-) Howard Roberts model.
- Chet Atkins Country Gentleman (1987-2000s)
- Chet Atkins Tennessean (1990-2000s)
- Gibson version of Chet Atkins models.
- Tom DeLonge Signature ES-333 (2003-)
- DG-335 (2007-?) Dave Grohl model based on Trini Lopez.
- 335-S (1980-1983) Solidbody guitar similar to ES-335.
- CS-336 (2001-?) Custom Shop's first "tonally carved" guitar.
- CS-356 (2001-?) Upscaled CS-336 with goldplate parts, etc.
- Les Paul Bantam/Florentine (1995/1996–2003?)
- Custom Shop models with thinline semi-hollow-body with center-block. (Note: "Gibson USA Florentine" released in 2009 is a solid-body model)
- ES-Les Paul (2015) Mash up of Les Paul and ES-335
- Les Paul Signature bass (1973-?)
- EB-2 bass (1958-1972)[verification needed]
- EB-6 6-string bass/baritone guitar (1959–1961: hollow-body similar to EB-2, 1962–1965: SG-shaped solid-body similar to EB-3/EB-0)
- EDS-1275 Double 12 (1958-)
- Doubleneck, hollow-body (1958-1962) or SG-shaped solid-body (1962-) guitar with 12 and 6 string guitar necks.
- Other doubleneck models include:
- "Gibson Electric Archtop Model Descriptions", Vintage Guitars Info, archived from the original on 2010-01-16
- "Gibson Thinline Model Descriptions", Vintage Guitars Info, archived from the original on 2012-05-01
"Gibson Electro Spanish-150, Prototype Batch 1058-9 B (1936)", exhibition label, Museum of Making Music,
The body was basically that of the acoustic Gibson L-50.
- "Gibson Es 320 TD ( 1971-1974 )", Vintage Gibson Guitars
- "Gibson Es 340 TD Archtop (1968-1973)", Vintage Gibson Guitars
- Gibson Custom ES-359, Gibson Guitar Corporation (2008), archived from the original on 2009-02-19
- "Gibson ES 369: TONE to the BONE", Best Guitars World
The Active Sound Of The 80s (advertisement), Gibson Guitar Corporation (1979)
An advertisement in 1979 for Artist series: "RD Artist Active" released around 1977, and two new models added in 1979, "ES Artist Active" and ""Les Paul Artist Active".
- "ES Artist", 1980 Gibson guitar, bass and banjo catalogue, Gibson Guitar Corporation (1980), p. 33
- 1975 Les Paul catalogue, Gibson Guitar Corporation (1975), p. 5
- Holder, Mitch, The Jazz Guitar Stylings of Howard Roberts, Mel Bay Publications (2006), p. 100, ISBN 9780786674091
- Gibson USA Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby, Gibson Guitar Corporation (2009)
- "Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul 2015". Gibson Guitar Corporation (2015).
- Moseley, Willie G. (January 2012). "The Gibson EB-2: Kalamazoo Biggest Bass Innovation?". Vintage Guitar. p. 60.
Moseley, Willie G. (January 2014). "Danelectro's Four-String Basses". Classic Instruments. Vintage Guitar."[Danelectro #3412, #4423 & UB-2 image] Danelectro's first bass [UB-2] (VG, January '09), debuted in 1956, and it was a true bass guitar, supporting six strings but with a short bass scale, tuned down an octave. The instrument was the first of its kind, preceding the Gibson EB-6 (first listed in '59) and Fender's Bass VI (late '61)."
Duchossoir, A.R. (1998). Gibson Electrics - The Classic Years. Hal Leonard. p. 195. ISBN 978-1-4768-5126-6."EB-6 : At the end of 1961 the thinline EB-6 was discontinued and replaced by a solid body version built with the ultra thin SG body style. This did not improve the popularity of the 6-string bass (a.k.a. baritone guitar) and the model was eventually phased out in 1965. ... Only 66 solid body EB-6s were shipped between 1962 and 1965, including a very small number of single pickup versions (probably no more than a dozen)."
- 1963 Gibson Guitar and Bass catalog, Gibson Guitar Corporation (1963), p. 15
- 1960 Gibson Guitar and Bass catalog, Gibson Guitar Corporation (1960), p. 17
- "Elvis' 1965 Gibson EBS-1250 Double Bass", Scotty Moore Official Website — comparing the 1962/1963 & 1964 EBSF-1250 (4 string bass + guitar + fuzztone), 1964 EBS-1250 (4 string bass + guitar), and Elvis' 1965 EBS-1250 (6 string bass + guitar)
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