Music Store Live is proud to present this 1948 Gibson ES-350N! This blonde bombshell has seen plenty of sweet playing time and it's not ready to quit one bit! We've made sure this vintage killer has a set up you can confidently wail on. This guitar pumps out mounds of sweet delicious tone that's ideal for any jazz / blues style. For a guitar of this age it's a bit surprising how excellent this archtop plays. The truss rod still works and the neck is straight and the guitar is very well intonated. This L-7C always delivers a soulful rich tone and is a true joy to play.
In 1947 the ES-350 was introduced and made available with one P90 pickup until the end of 1948. This is one of the last single pickup models manufactured. Original features include a 17" wide maple body, a maple neck with a nicely rounded profile, bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard, split parallelogram inlays, 24.75" scale length, trapeze tailpiece, single P90 pickup and master volume and tone controls. This guitars Factory Order Number is 3214-9, comes with a period correct hard shell case.
As far as aftermarket activity goes, this ES-350N has been oversprayed in several places. It now houses a set of modern replacement Grover tuners, newer frets, a mid 60's replacement Gibson ABR-1 bridge, one replaced strap button and a large metal jack plate. The jack area caving in on these guitars is often typical and it seems that the previous repair person was determined to not have to deal with that issue again. There are several cracks that have been repaired heavily with titebond (wood glue). The worst of them stems from the cutaway right through the neck heel. Along with a reset it appears that this neck recieved a nice portion of glue, clamping, and a long wood screw through the back of the heel to ensure the utmost stability. Not the prettiest of repairs but you sure won't need to worry about needing another reset anytime soon, if ever again. The fretboard was also leveled at the time of its refret.
This 1948 Gibson ES-350N is in good condition. This guitar has been around the block and shows signs of wear and a few repairs though it still plays and sounds excellent. There are some cracks in the sides. The finish shows checking throughout. The binding and body are lightly separated in places. The neck finish is worn down nicely leaving a very comfortable playing neck feel. The fretboard shows some pitting and the frets are in good condition, showing some wear but with plenty of life left to enjoy. Please feel free to call for an in hand description of this guitar. Once in a while we see a guitar that has been around the block but refuses to give in or give up. This ES-350N is an excellent example of that. Although it's not a perfectly pristine vintage specimen, it sure plays like one. Enjoy!
1948 Gibson ES-350N
Rounded Single Cutaway
Rounded Neck Profile
Bound Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard
Split Parallelogram Inlays
Original Gibson P90 Pickup
Master Tone & Volume Controls
20 Frets ( replaced )
Scale Length 24 3/4"