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2003 Gibson ES 165 Herb Ellis

Sold ! This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2007-10-01)
Price : US $1,490.

2003 Gibson ES 165 Herb Ellis 2003 Gibson ES 165 Herb Ellis 2003 Gibson ES 165 Herb Ellis 2003 Gibson ES 165 Herb Ellis

2003 Gibson ES-165 Herb Ellis

Up for auction is a beautiful Herb Ellis archtop, serial no. 02853721. This instrument is like new. It is fitted with a custom, hand-wound Kent Armstrong 'Smooth Top' pickup and tortoise shell pick guard, and original black alligator case. NO RESERVE.
Laminated maple bodyGold hardware multi-ply binding on top ABR-1 bridge w/original and upgraded Graph-Tech saddles
ES-175 tailpiece Grover tuners Pearloid split parallelogram inlays 20-fret One-piece mahogany neck with ES-175 neck profileUpgraded hand-wound Kent Armstrong Smooth Top floating pickup on faux tortoise-shell pick guard
Original 'Johnny Smith'-style floating humbucking pickup on original black pick guard
Original hardshell black alligator caseThere are no issues with this instrument. The Smooth Top pickup and Graph-Tech saddles eliminated the two problems I found with the stock instrument: somewhat unpleasant highs when amplified and buzz at the saddle as string bindings wear. The original pickup and saddles are included for those who prefer their performance or wish to restore the instrument to its original factory specs.

Amplified, this instrument oozes classic bebop tone. The acoustic tone, though not up to that of a quality archtop with a solid, carved top, is quite acceptable for practice and jamming, and the laminate top offers stability over a range of climate conditions a solid top cannot. Finally, it's a Gibson: take good care of her, and she'll hold or increase in value for years to come. Wish I could say the same about my 401(k). :-(

On Sep-21-07 at

Sold ! This guitar is sold (sold on 2007-10-01)

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