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❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson ES-300 1946 Sunburst Electric Archtop Guitar


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The Gibson ES-300 was built from 1940 to 1952 as Gibson’s premiere electric guitar, but production halted during WW2 and restarted in 1946. Originally built with all solid woods, on its reintroduction the sides and back were normally laminates, as these resist feedback, an important issue with amplification.

 This Gibson ES-300 was built during 1947 and features the 17 inch ‘Advance’ body design with a solid spruce top, mahogany back, sides and neck, and a single P-90 pickup in the neck position. The installed pickup is a replacement – the original pickup is in the case. The case is a fairly recent TKL model in good condition. As it happens, TKL makes many cases for Gibson now and would likely have been the supplier were this a new guitar.

 Fretwear is medium but there is minimal buzzing. The truss rod works. The pickguard is missing, and there is some finish overspray on the sides; there is a 2 by 6 inch patch on the lower treble side near the jack. The bridge, knobs, tuners and tailpiece are original.

 This is a very nice guitar to play. It’s a full size archtop, so it’s big, but it’s quite comfortable and well balanced and sounds great.

Price: $2,799.99 CAD
View Spec Sheet (PDF)
  • Model: ES-300
  • Year: 1946
  • Finish Sunburst
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: N/A, dates to around 1946 and built at the Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 05/10/2017

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 5.7lbs
  • Scale Length: 24.75in 628mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75in 44mm
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