A real vintage ES-295 just like the one Scotty Moore played. This one was made in Kalamazoo in 1953. This guitar has seen its fair share of playing and is really a piece of Guitar history. The bridge has sunken somewhat but the guitar is still very well playable. The Gibson ES-295 was introduced in 1952 at a purchase price of just under $300. Made famous by Scotty Moore, who played for Elvis Presley, the 295 is a versatile stage guitar with a gleaming, gold lacquer finish and a floral pickguard design.
The ES-295 actually shares a trajectory of innovation similar to the Les Paul. Both models, for example, switched from P-90 to humbucker pickups in 1957. A memorable instrument, this is a gold-metallic finish sharp cutaway 16” made from laminated wood, having dual “soap bar” P-90 pickup. Florentine cutawy, Floral pickguard, Dual P-90s, Double parallelogram inlays, Trapeze tailpiece It is an electric archtop that is similar to an ES-175 but having a floral pattern on the gold pickguard. The condition is “fair”
The famous story, perhaps apocryphal, surrounding this model that Les Paul, following the debut of the all-gold solid body electric that bears his name, was visiting a guitar-playing friend in the hospital and thought “I know! I’ll have Gibson make a special prototype ES-175 with twin white soap bar pickups, in all gold finish, with a flowered pickguard, and I’ll give it to my friend to cheer him up!” He told Gibson to rush it, and Gibson, as a result of Mr. Paul’s urging, made up what is now called the ES-295. Alas, they delivered the prototype to Mr. Paul just a few days too late, as his friend had passed away, but the world benefits instead, since these things are gorgeous – and also rare – Gibson having made just 297 in 1952, 634 in 1953, 357 in ‘54, 166 in ‘55, 193 in ‘56, 71 in ‘57 and 49 in ‘58 for a total production run of 1,770.
It is said that the sides are solid maple, the top and back are laminated maple. The back of the neck was in this period made from Honduras Mahogany and its fingerboard of South American rosewood whose fingerboard inlays are double parallelograms in pearloid. The black headstock overlay is inlaid “Gibson” in postwar block script with a Gibson flower or crown in pearl inlaid there under. The guitar is housed in its original brown, highly collectible, Gibson hard shell case. There are surface cracks in the finish (not through the wood) Here is some esoterica you might want to consider: this model was once referred to as “the first rock and roll guitar” because on Elvis Presley’s first hit single, “That’s All Right” the illustrious Scotty Moore played one.
There is a nicely written article on this to be found at http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/scotty-moore-0705/ It begins: “Rock historians debate the ignition point of the genre. Some cite Louis Jordan’s 1940s hits like “Caledonia” and “G.I. Jive.” Others, the day Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm pulled into Sam Phillips’ Memphis Recording Service and cut “Rocket 88.” And what about Chuck Berry’s smash debut “Maybelline” and Little Richard’s “Tutti-Fruitti?” But many, perhaps even most, fans of American music would say that rock ’n’ roll was born on July 5, 1954, when 19-year-old Elvis Presley recorded a hepped-up version of bluesman Arthur Crudup’s ‘That’s All Right Mama’ that set into motion the machinery that would make him the world’s first rock star. Guitar history was also made that day, thanks to the sliding, rolling, chiming licks that Elvis’ six-stringer Scotty Moore ladled into the song’s groove. By the time Phillips’ tape machine stopped rolling, Moore had become the first rock lead guitar player. And Gibson was there, thanks to the 1953 ES-295 that Moore wore around his neck.”