1941 Gibson ES- 300 N EXC This gorgeous blonde is Gibsons 2nd version of the ES-300. Gibson records show that this one #97316 was shipped on December 15, 1941 just one week after the attack on Pearl Harbor so it was one of the very last electrics shipped before they had to shut down guitar manufacturing for the war. There were about 135 of this top of the line electric model made with the tortoise bound pre P-90 alnico small slanted pickup. This guitar is one of the earliest models and possibly prototypical to have the laminated spruce top so common in post war electrics. Most pre war electrics have solid tops. The back is flame maple as are the sides. The bound fingerboard sports the double block inlays and the iconic "Crown" peghead motiff. Original tailpiece, bridge, pickguard, knobs, etc. Two of the six original open back Klusen tuning pegs are early pre war replacements. Original pickup was rewound to factory specs (ie., 10,000 windings; 1.8 ohms) by Lindy Fralin. Excellent recent fret job. Pots have been replaced and the originals are in the case pocket. Straight solid three ply maple neck. Original finish with no overspray or touch up. Some wear but a beautiful patina all around. Professional setup with action at 3/32" at the 14th fret and plenty of room on the bridge for adjustment. Nut with = 1 11/16". Scale length measures 25 5/8". Lower bout = 17". Label is in fine shape. And it comes in its original hard shell case, with black alligator covering, solid brass hasps and latches, and lovely deep red interior. Like the guitar the case is in excellent condition. This guitar plays easily with wonderful vintage tone and is also a fine collectors piece.
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