This new Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster is a stunning electro-acoustic guitar, ideally suited for jazz but also great for other styles. With 3 pickups with individual tone and volume controls, this is a very versatile instrument.
As used by guitar legends T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons and Frank Zappa!
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 four-knob control circuitry that allowed players to manage pickup selection by adjusting the volume of each pickup, thus eliminating the pickup selector switch.
Even though the ES-5 Switchmaster would undergo several smaller changes in the early 1960s, it is the mid-1950s model that is painstakingly recreated today by Gibson Custom. Today’s ES-5 Switchmaster has a high-grade maple top, back and rims and its signature full proportioned body. Multi-ply white and black binding accents the guitar’s top and back, with single-ply white binding on the f-holes for a distinctive touch. The gold hardware, including an ABR-1 bridge, is also eye catching – especially the artistically designed trapeze-style loop tailpiece.
- Vintage Sunburst Finish
- Figured Maple Top, Back, and Sides
- 5-Ply Maple/Walnut Neck
- Rosewood Fretboard
- 25.5" Scale Length
- 1-11/16" Nut Width
- 20 Frets
- Three '57 Classic Humbuckers
- Individual Volume and Tone Controls for
- Each Pickup
- Pickup Selector For Bridge, Middle, Neck, and All
- Tune-o-Matic Bridge with Rosewood Base
- Multi-Loop Tailpiece
- 17" Body Width
- 21" Body Length
- 3-3/8" Body Depth
- Gold Hardware
|Case Included||hard case|
|Nut Width||1 11/16-inch|
|Neck Wood||high-grade maple and walnut|
|Pickup Config||3 x humbucker|
|Number Of Strings||6 string|
|Right / Left Handed||right handed|
|Guitar Style||jazz style|
|Body Size||full size|
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