Used – Gibson Custom Shop ES-5 Switchmaster (2014)

Serial Number: #12864001

The ES-5 combines the acclaimed features of the L-5 with the finest method of electronic guitar amplification. Three separately controlled, adjustable magnetic pickups reproduce the full, rich tones and harmonics to make the ES-5 truly ‘the instrument of a thousand voices.'” — Gibson catalog, circa 1951

The Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster was truly a guitar ahead of its time. First introduced in 1949, the ES-5 Switchmaster was the first ES guitar to be fitted with three pickups, and was initially intended solely for jazz players. It was dubbed the “supreme electronic version” of Gibson’s L-5 and offered a unique six-knob control circuitry that allowed players to manage pickup selection by adjusting the volume of each pickup, thus eliminating the pickup selector switch.

Other specifications include:

  • Maple top and back
  • 17-inches wide
  • 21-inches long
  • 3 3/8-inches deep
  • Multi-ply white and black binding
  • Single-ply white binding on the f-holes
  • Gold hardware
  • ABR-1 bridge
  • Trapeze-style loop tailpiece
  • Maple neck
  • 20-fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Pearl block inlays
  • Multi-ply white and black binding
  • 25.5″ Scale
  • 1 11/16″ nut
  • Kidney bean tuners
  • ’57 Classic humbucking pickups
  • Three volume and three tone pots
  • Four-way pickup selector switch
  • Hard Case
  • 8 lbs 4 oz
  • #12864001

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