Retrofret Stock # 4203. Gibson ES-140 TD Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1959), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # S-1240-1, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case. Here's one of the rarest 1950's Gibsons we've had in stock -- an ES-140TD. The standard ES-140T single pickup version of this guitar is fairly common, but this is the only double-pickup example we have ever seen. The neck is bound as well, not a feature of the standard ES-140. This more deluxe model was never a catalog model, and here once again is proof that if you had a dollar and a dream (or in this case several hundred dollars!), your friendly Gibson dealer could order you almost anything! It's also possible that this particular guitar was a NAMM show prototype for this model, which was then not selected for production. Just under 300 single-pickup ES-140T models were produced in 1959, but there are no published production numbers listing this two pickup instrument. The factory order number denotes this as #1 in its batch...in all probability it was the only one in that batch! It's really too bad that Gibson never built this as a stock model; with two P-90's and a full wiring layout, this is a much better-sounding, more versatile guitar than the standard ES-140-T. The small body cavity gives this a brighter response than other Gibson hollowbody guitars, and the treble PU is a real screamer. The perfect guitar for anyone who wants a smaller fully hollow Gibson with the great '59 neck, and a Gibson collector's piece par excellence.Overall length is 36 3/4 in. (93.3 cm.), 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 3/4 in. (578 mm.). Width of nut is 1 13/16 in. (46 mm.). Extremely fine and absolutely all original�only very light play wear overall. About as nice as we expect to see a 1950's Gibson! Excellent + Condition.
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