The Gibson Custom ES-5 Switchmaster Electric Guitar was introduced in 1949 making it the first ES guitar with 3 pickups. It was dubbed the "supreme electronic version" of Gibson's L-5. It has a high-... Click To Read More About This Product
The Gibson Custom ES-5 Switchmaster Electric Guitar was introduced in 1949 making it the first ES guitar with 3 pickups. It was dubbed the "supreme electronic version" of Gibson's L-5. It has a high-grade maple top, back and rims. The Switchmaster guitar's signature full proportioned body is 17" wide, 21" long, and 3-3/8" deep.
Multi-ply white and black binding accents the ES-5 guitar's top and back. The gold hardware, including an ABR-1 bridge, is also eye catching”especially the artistically designed trapeze-style loop tailpiece.
The ES-5 Switchmaster's neck is high-grade maple and walnut supporting a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with large pearl block inlays and multi-ply white and black binding. The Gibson ES-5 has a 25 1/2" scale with a 1-11/16" nut and kidney bean tuners on the headstock.
Humbuckers were introduced to the ES-5 in the 1958 version. Faithful to that design, this Gibson Switchmaster's signature electronics include a trio of Gibson's '57 Classic humbucking pickups. Three volume and 3 tone pots and the guitar's distinctive 4-way pickup selector complete the package. Gibson sends out the ES-5 Switchmaster with a Custom Shop case and a certificate of authenticity.
And like all the Gibson Custom guitars, the ES-5 Switchmaster is examined and dressed by one of Gibson's state-of-the-art Plek machines to ensure that it's ready for any playing situation when it leaves the factory.
Model name: ES-5 Switchmaster Electric Guitar
Body type: full-sized hollow body with f-holes and Florentine cutaway
Body wood: laminated maple top, back, and sides
Color: Classic White
Neck joint: set-in
Neck wood: maple
Neck profile: "C"
Fretboard: sculpted bound rosewood
Inlay: mother-of-pearl block
Bridge: floating ABR-1 Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: trapeze-style with loops
Pickups: three Gibson '57 Classic humbuckers
Pickup selector: 4-way
Hardware color: gold
Accessories: certificate of authenticity
Case: Custom Shop hardshell
Scale length: 25-1/2"
Number frets: 20
Nut width: 1-11/16"
Fretboard radius: 12"
Dimensions: 17" (w) x 21"(L) x 3 3/8" (D)
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I got this guitar a while back and sold it. I wish I hadn't. It has the fattest, richest sound Ive ever heard from a hollowbody. It makes an incredible recording guitar and depending on your genre, a great live guitar. The finish, feel, and sound of the pickups are amazing.