How many guitar players have gone from Glen Gray and His Casa Loma Orchestra to the Joe Pass Quartet? Texas jazz guitar legend Herb Ellis has, achieving international renown with his bluesy, soulful sound. A disciple of the great Charlie Christian, Ellis is perhaps best known for his tenure with the Oscar Peterson Trio, a hair-raising job for any sideman.
The Gibson Herb Ellis model was introduced in 1991 as a tribute to the celebrated player, and it's been one of Gibson's most popular jazz guitars ever since. The design harks back to the original 1949 ES-175, which was fitted with a single pickup until 1951. By 1971 the single pickup 175 was discontinued altogether, making the originals highly prized by jazz purists. This example is from the original series, complete with a built-in pickup, an option no longer available, as this model is now supplied only with a floating pickup.
The arched maple body shows exceptional tiger flame, and has all-gold hardware throughout. The guitar has been kept in fine shape, free of pick, buckle, or thumb or fingerboard wear. Some plating wear may be seen on the pickup cover, and the back shows some fine light checking, with a short hairline crack on the back of the peghead soundly resealed as well. The mahogany neck produces an instrument that is notably well balanced, and with fine medium jumbo frets, the fingerboard is utterly effortless to play. The 24 3/4" scale is fast and nimble, the humbucker is fat and sweet, and the 16" body is easy to cradle and substantially resistant to feedback. Extra ebony bridge installed, original gold Tuneomatic bridge included in case.
A player's favorite, and a fitting tribute to a true jazz legend. And an all-time best buy: one only, call now.
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