Can you consider a 1968 Gibson ES150DCN to be a rare guitar ? Can you effectively consider it to be a deep bodied ES335 ? Or is it effectively a double cutaway ES175 ? Effectively the ES150 has far more of a link to the ES175 – So whilst it might possess the appearance of a 335, when you look at the face of the guitar, it is a deep bodied instrument that measures around 3″ deep – Whereas the 335 features a central block that supports the bridge and tailpiece, the ES150 is totally hollow bodied, as per a ES330 and the ES175 – Which ever way you look at it, the ES150DCN can be considered cool, with no shortage of character – Whilst £3490 can’t ever be considered small change, it does offer the chance to acquire a vintage guitar, at a far more affordable price
In no particular order let me update you with a host of info with regards to this 1968 Gibson ES150DCN :-
- It’s original case has long since gone – It is now priced at £3490 with a new case – Effectively an acoustic guitar case that fits as required
- Whole guitar only weighs 6lbs and 12oz
- The orange label can be viewed through the F hole on the bass string side – features the serial + model number
- The whole guitar looks pretty much all original with no issues with regards to any breaks, refin, touch-up or repair work
- If you want to question any of the guitars originality then maybe look at the set of Kluson Deluxe tuners – They feature the double ring tulip buttons, but they are in fact gold plated tuners – Yet they look original to the guitar when you check out the screw fixings etc – They may well be original and fitted as an error by Gibson staff – Or indeed if at the point of completion Gibson may well have temporarily ran out of nickel/chrome tuners, so fitted gold to enable an easy production line completion – Both are acceptable options within other such stories we have seen on many other vintage Gibson Guitars over the years – The other sensible option to consider is that of a warranty repair – An original set may well have needed replacing, for whatever reason and an error occurred in that a set of gold plated tuners were sent to the appropriate dealer – The gold hardware has faded so in many ways they look in keeping with the rest of the hardware – Just an interesting story to tell but my hunch is they are factory fitted – Truth be known is that we’ll never ever know
- Pat no ABR bridge – includes wire retainer + a set of factory nylon saddles
- Mahogany neck with a 1 5/8″ nut width (approx. 40.6mm)
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Neck profile – measures .853″ around the top nut end and fattens out to .999″ – Med slim depth around the top nut end but more girth around the 12th fret – I find certain jazz boxes can be a bit of a handful regarding how they feel and play – The neck on this ES150 is just like playing a mid late 60’s ES335, so easy to handle
- Frets dressed and polished
- Re-strung + set-up with 1/2 wound D’addario strings – 10-52 gauge with plain 3rd/G string – I can edit as required – Easy action
- Pat Nos Gibson humbuckers – neck measures 7.92K – bridge measures 10.92K 3 way switch
- Master volume pot near upper cutaway + regular 4 control layout
- 5 ply pick guard BWBWB
- Condition wise – Overall a clean guitar that is far more about used then abused – Yes you can see signs of lacquer checking and fade but little in the way of actual dings and dints – Look on the headstock at the Gibson logo + crest inlay – You can see all the mother of pearl is still intact – However you can view a small blemish were the actual lacquer has come away (de-lamination) – It looks far worse than it actually is
Tonal character :- The neck pick-up offers the tone that instantly reminds of you Grant Green and other jazz flavoured players – Woody, big, warm with a touch of dark mystery in there – The bridge pick-up is bright and takes you back to the early days of swing + rock n roll, so think T-Bone Walker and early Chuck Berry – So bright with bite – Yet play both pick-ups together and you can find yourself in the land of 60’s jangly pop – Think The Beatles and The Mama’s and the Papa’s – Keep the volume level sensible and ditto the same ref any gain on the amp and it can handle modern Indie or blues style – In fact a touch of gain on the bridge pick-up is ideal for those early 50’s days of blues, swing etc and the retro bands like Jimmie Vaughan, Fabulous Thunderbirds and Duke Robillard – It possesses no shortage of character – Depending on your playing style will determine if it is the only guitar you’ll need – Yet for many, it can sit in a private collection and do a specific job, as and when required, yet be fun to play and own – Great as a practice guitar at home, whereby no amp required allowing you to doodle for many happy hours
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