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Gibson ETG-150 Electric Tenor Guitar Sunburst 1961

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The Tenor guitar was introduced by Gibson and Martin during the 1920s as a transitional instrument, for tenor banjo players wanting to move to guitar. Many other companies followed suit and tenor guitars were regular production items until the 1970’s. These days, you’re most likely to see a tenor guitar in an Irish, Celtic or Country music context.

Gibson introduced an archtop tenor guitar, the TG-50, in 1934 and that is the basis for many of their enduring models. It was based on their standard ‘budget’L-50, 16 inch wide archtop body of laminate maple with mahogany neck, with rosewood for the fingerboard and bridge.

The Gibson ETG-150 tenor guitar drew from the ES-150 using the same body style but with a bound fingerboard and a pickup. When mass production resumed after WW2, the pickup was a P-90 in a plastic dog-ear cover.

Here we have an example of the Gibson ETG-150 production from 1961, built at the historic Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It’s in good overall original condition, with the light wear and finish scratches expected on a 57 year old instrument. There is a finish scratch on the lower treble side but it has been spared the side crack frequently found on guitars with the output jack on the side. It plays well, and these early 60’s P-90s can sound really great.

A newer hard-shell case is included.

Price: $1999.99 CAD
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  • Model: ETG-150
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Sunburst Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 39905
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 17/01/2018

  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITIES documentation
  • Including Hard case
  • Scale Length: 578mm 22.75in
  • Nut Width: 28.5mm 1.125in
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