This is the second Gibson ES 295 we have listed at PREMIER GUITARS. And this one is another golden beauty.
The legendary Scotty Moore used his ES 295 on some of the earliest classic Elvis recordings, on the road and on television. Widely regarded as the man who invented rockabilly, and influenced many future guitar gods, Scotty Moore’s favourite guitar in his most potent period was “the prettiest thing I’d ever seen” – the Gibson ES 295.
Moore especially loved that the 295’s hollow body created “the sound of wood making music”. And “being a wider-bodied instrument, it had a more impressive appearance” than his previous solid body.
The ES295 was manufactured by Gibson from 1952 to 1958, by which time the p90s had been replaced by humbuckers.
A total of 1770 ES295s were made during the model’s life. This one is from 1953 – a total of 637 were shipped that year.
Hollow ES 175 size body with single sharp cutaway & 2 F holes
Maple top, back & sides
Multiple body binding
Gibson goldtop finish to body & neck
19-fret bound rosewood fingerboard
Split pearl parallelogram fingerboard inlays
2 x P 90 cream covered pickups
Individual volume & tone controls for each pickup
Raised pickguard embossed with gold floral design
Trapeze wraparound bridge/tailpiece
Black headstock overlay with pearl crown & logo inlays
Three-per-side tuners with pearl buttons
This one is from 1954, and appears to be completely original. It is in super clean condition. There is not even a strap button at the neck joint, which is the way they left the factory. There is some expected light tarnishing on some metal parts, but most of the gold plating is in gleaming condition.
At 6.15 lbs in weight it is super light, comfortable, and screams “play me”!
It has those great, twangy, cream coloured P90 pickups. The neck is silky smooth, the frets are fab, and the bridge & truss rod function perfectly. Even the back of the neck shows very little crazing in the gold lacquer.
This guitar epitomises what a vintage 1950s P-90 archtop guitar should sound and play like. Some might say that the Les Paul trapeze tailpiece should maybe not have been Gibson’s first choice for the bridge, it definitely works well on this sweet sounding ES-295. The intonation is good and the action is remarkably low & clean. A beautiful piece of musical history in perfect working order.
Comes in a later fitted hard case in good condition.