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⚌Reduced‼ Gibson ES350 Electric Archtop Sunburst 1951

⚌Reduced‼  Gibson ES350 Electric Archtop Sunburst 1951

Here’s a real beauty – a Gibson ES350 Electric Archtop built during 1951 at the historic Parsons Street shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The ES-350 was built from 1947 to 1956, and for 1957 received a thinner body and new name – the ES-350T, the T standing for Thinline.   This model was played extensively by top artists like Barney Kessel, Chuck Berry, B B King and Tal Farlow. At its 1947 introduction, the Gibson ES350 was named the ‘ES-350 Premiere’ and was a full body, single cutaway archtop with a single P-90 pickup in the neck position. For 1949, it received a second pickup. Construction was typical of Gibson’s electric archtop production, with Laminate Maple for the top, sides and back, part of an attempt to reduce feedback at stage volumes.

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Price: $7,995.00 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Gibson SJ200 Jumbo Steel String Sunburst, 1951

❌SOLD❌  Gibson SJ200 Jumbo Steel String Sunburst, 1951

Introduced in 1938 and in constant production since then, the Gibson SJ200 is one of the largest and most recognisable steel string models. Here we’re looking at a very nicely preserved Gibson SJ200 dating to 1951 and built at the Parsons Street plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is in overall rather good condition with some wear, but less than we often see on guitars approaching the 70 year old mark.

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Price: $13,750.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Royal Aire by National Solidbody Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1951

❌SOLD❌  Royal Aire by National Solidbody Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1951

Here is a rarity – a Royal Aire by National solid body electric guitar, dating to 1951 and one of the earliest production electrics for National and its parent Valco.  Clearly a National model given its construction and components,  Royal Aire branded instruments are few and far between.  Around 1947, Valco contracted with Gibson to produce some Royal Aire flat top acoustics, based on the LG-3.  Here,  Valco / National used a National neck with its shield logo plate engraved to read Royal Aire. 

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Price: $1,299.99 CAD

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