Music Store Live is proud to present this 1942 Gibson ES-150! This guitar is an absolute joy to play. The neck profile is full feeling and defines comfort. No matter what style you play, you will love the feel of this neck. The single pickup configuration sounds great and is easy to work with. Want it bright? Open her up. Want it dark? Close her off. This guitar has a nice projection even played unplugged so we think it'll be a big success as an around the house strummer as well as a go-to jazz guitar. It plays quite well for a guitar made in 1942 with only a slight amount of buzzing to be found on the neck. This is both a very enjoyable axe as well as a collectors piece.
This 1942 Gibson ES-150 guitar is most likely one of the last of this model manufactured before production was halted for WWII ( serial # 7096H ). It is original with the exception of the frets, replacement mid / late 60's Kluson tuners and a replacement tailpiece. This ES-150 features the very first ever adjustable pole piece pickup with it's original electronics and it has a terrific sound. The two knobs are original or at least era correct. They are slightly mismatched in color but they are absolutely from the correct era no doubt about it. The mahogany neck features a Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and newer frets.
Some standard features about this iconic hollowbody include the solid spruce top, maple back and sides, a 16 1/4" body, bone nut, set neck and an adjustable rosewood bridge. This ES-150 comes with its original hard shell case and a Gruhn description and appraisal from 2005.
This 1942 Gibson ES-150 is in very good condition. The most evident areas of wear are to the back of the neck where you can tell extensive capo use occurred. Though this is not ideal it does not take away from the enjoyable playability this guitar offers. The finish shows checking to the top and lighter dings and finish scratches around the body. The Brazilian fretboard has been leveled at one time. There is some minor cracking around the input jack. There is one small area on the bottom of the back where the body and binding show separation. All things considered, this guitar shows signs of regular wear and is still in very good condition for its age. A very enjoyable axe, this ES-150 showcases some very important features ( pickup ) and it still plays and sounds great. If you've been looking for a pre war archtop to get around on or add to your collection this could be the one for you!
1942 Gibson ES-150