1940 Gibson ES-300 N EXC This is a historically important guitar, the first version of the ES-300 and the first electric to feature a single coil pickup the 6 1/2" long ancestor to the P-90. It was in production for less than a year with only about 60 being made before the switch to the shorter pickup in 1941. This one is unusual with its single blade instead of separate poles. The interior shows no sign that it was ever fitted with anything other than this Charlie Christian style blade setup. The electronics are all in perfect working order with the pickup having been rewound by Lindy Fralin. Pots are replaced and the originals are in the case pocket. Straight neck, good frets, and it plays perfectly with no buzzing or intonation issues. Solid spruce top has two well executed diamond grafts just below the bridge and another on the side bout at the input jack. Aside from this, the top, flame maple back, and sides are crack free. Original tuning pegs, tailpiece, knobs, bridge, pickguard, etc. Gibson script and Crown inlay adorn the headstock. The original hard shell case is the classic "red line" model in fine shape. This guitar plays great with a big fat warm jazzy tone.
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