This guitar is very good and has a serial number of A13576 and its a great example of the iconic link between early rock and roll and rockabilly. Two hot P-90s and several layers of gold lacquer give this one super tone and excellent sustain that is perfect for all styles of music. The gorgeous gold finish over the maple top, back, and sides is nothing short of eye-popping and has a lot of character! The gold on the back of the neck still shows impressions of the greenness that seeped through the aged finishes on all of these early examples. It has a fantastic fast-fretting all-original 25 scale neck and a 16 wide by 3.5 deep body.
1953 Gibson ES-295, Gold finish with floral pickguard, Gold hardware, Florentine cutaway, Two P-90 pickups with crème covers, Bigsby instead of the trapeze tailpiece, Lovely instrument! Original hard case
“Let’s get real, real goin for a change,” Elvis said in the introduction of “Milk Cow Blues Boogie” before Scotty Moore ripped into a wild blues/hillbilly guitar riff that would soon be known as rock n’ roll. The guitar that helped Scotty achieve his often-imitated sound on those early Sun label records was a Gibson ES-295.
The Gibson ES-295 was introduced in 1952 as the full-sized, hollowbody complement to the solidbody Les Paul Model, also debuting that year. While the ES-295 shared the same flashy gold coloring of the Les Paul, along with the unique tailpiece, it was basically a fancier two pickup version of the ES-175 (the two-pickup ES- 175D did not appear until 1953). The basic features of an ES-295 included an all gold finish, two single coil P-90s with cream covers, a cream pickguard with gold floral designs, a Les Paul bridge/tailpiece combination and gold-plated metal parts.
The guitar featured in this month’s article is a typical 1953 ES-295 in every way. compltee with original case.