NOTE: These are not our guitars; just saving the images for history and showcasing what's out there.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


via this auction
"Here we have for sale probably the finest guitar ever to be made by Gibson, the ES-5 Switchmaster guitar. This is a rare find. Only 55 of these beauties were crafted in 1958. Known as “the instrument of a thousand voices”, the ES-5 Switchmaster was first introduced by Gibson in 1949. It was initially intended for Jazz players but was quickly recognized as a guitar which could handle any venue with ease. This guitar offers 3 separately controlled PAF Humbucking pickups, which allows for total control of tonal variations. In 1957 Gibson introduced the Humbucking pickup. These early Humbuckers were dubbed PAF’s & their value has soared to astronomical levels because of their superior tonal qualities. This guitar has all three of its original PAF’s.

This guitar is all original and plays with a comfort & ease hard to imagine. Each pickup has its own volume & tone knobs for the ultimate in control. The guitar is made with impeccable accuracy & craftsmanship. It’s clearly Gibson’s finest offering. The on board PAF’s are the same ones found on the ’58 Holy Grail Les Paul Standard, which can claim prices upwards of $300,000.00. Along with its Gold hardware, it sports an ultra rare & original Bigsby tremolo tailpiece & 5-ply binding all around the top, back & headstock. Gibson really went all out in designing this elegant & versatile instrument. The body and neck are made from high-grade & figured Maple, and its fretboard is Brazilian Rosewood. No Breaks Or Repairs On This Beauty. It’s All Original."

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