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We cannot see a thing out of place on this very nice 1957 Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster which is in our favourite combination of 3 x vintage P-90’s and the 4 way switch that allows you to dial in an infinite variety of tones..

Beautiful, nicely faded tobacco sunburst finish has some mild flame on it, especially on the back and neck. All three P-90’s are real strong and have vintage, classic P-90 tone in total abundance. Basically, with the combination of a volume and tone control for each pickup and with the 4 way Tele type switch in ‘ALL’ position you can get any tone you like and mix it to your hearts content on the 6 knobs that adorn this lovely ES-5.

Big, chunky, 1957 neck is very comfortable to play and if you like big neck Gibsons, you will love this. There are just a few wear spots here and there, including some spots on the back of the neck that you can see on the many pictures in the gallery. The pickguard has warped slightly upwards but is not getting in the way of normal use.

All hardware is correct and unlike a lot of ES-5’s you see, none of it has been raided by the parts monkeys. Case is a period correct brown lifton type with brown lining and like the guitar, is in excellent condition although the case lid stay has broken. A nice touch is the original hang tag with the correct serial number on.

Original frets have very little wear no doubt aided and assisted by a lifetime of jazz type flat wounds being fitted and it has a nice, low action with good playability all across and up and down the fingerboard. There is some rutting on the fingerboard but not too much.

A very nice example of this popular guitar that does not seem to hang around very long here at ATB Guitars…

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

Hello we’re ATB Guitars formally known as Atoyboy Guitars

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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