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1955 Gibson ES-295

One of the most beautiful Gibson acrchtops ever made! 100% original 1955 Gibson ES-295!

Gibson ES-295 Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1954), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Gold lacquer finish, laminated maple body; mahogany neck with brazilian rosewood fingerboard, original brown hard shell case. Weighs in at only 6.1lbs!

Great playing and sounding example of one of Gibson's all-time flashiest archtops, the ES-295. This guitar is in great condition for being almost 70 years old! Finished in gold overall with a cream-colored floral decorated pick-guard, the 295 has been long recognized as one of the most iconic guitars of the 1950s.

The model is equipped with double P-90 pickups under white plastic "dog ear" covers and the classic four-knob tone/volume control array with amber "hatbox" knobs and switch tip. The top is triple-bound; the back and fingerboard are single-bound. The 19 fret rosewood fingerboard has double parallelogram inlays; the headstock has a pearl crown and "Gibson" inlay. The guitar features all gold-plated hardware including the adjustable patent pending "Les Paul" trapeze style bridge/tailpiece.

A defining element in its powerful tone. Other than this bridge, the ES-295 is essentially a flashier ES-175D featuring the same laminated maple body and mahogany neck of that model with the eye-catching finish of an all gold Les Paul. The idea originated with Les himself, who ordered an all-gold ES-175 as a presentation piece in 1951.

Gibson built a total of 1,770 ES-295s between 1952 and 1958, and they remain one of the company's most recognizable 1950s classics. The commercial peak of the model was the early 1950s, actually pre-dating the 1950s rock and roll explosion it has come to symbolize.

The ES-295 was famously the guitar played by Scotty Moore on Elvis Presley's iconic Sun records, so is often considered the ultimate Rockabilly guitar. There is a classic 1950s photo of Ersel Hickey that epitomizes the Rockabilly aesthetic; it features him with an ES-295 and drape suit, the quintessential image of a real-gone bopper.

The all-gold showboat ranks alongside the Gretsch 6120 as the quintessential "Cool Cat's" guitar and plays as good as it looks!

On display in our Vintage Vault - Currently not for sale, but our estimated value on this particular guitar is $25,000 - $35,000.

Please check out all of our Gibson Hollowbodies that are for sale on our site! We have many in stock and ready to ship! If you don't see what you are looking for please contact us and we can get it for you! or give us a call at 775-331-1001

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