ES-350 Guitars

1958 Gibson ES-350

Color: Sunburst, Rating: 9.25, Sold (ID# 00020)
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This 17-inch archtop guitar weighs just 6.50 lbs. and has a short scale length of 23 1/2 inches. Beautiful curly maple body, two-piece maple neck with mahogany strip and a very comfortable nut width of 1 5/8 inches. Rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and split-parallelogram pearl inlays. Individual Kluson Deluxe tuners with single-ring Keystone buttons. Inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo with pearl crown headstock inlay. Two powerful PAF pickups with outputs of 8.57k and 8.60k. Five-layer (black/white/black/white/black) plastic pickguard. Four controls (two volume, two tone) plus three-way selector switch. Gold plastic bell-shape "Bell" knobs. Tune-O-Matic bridge and specific wire-loop tailpiece. Apart from some minimal tarnishing to the gold-plated hardware, this is one of the finest examples of these '50s Rock 'n Roll specials that we have ever seen. Housed in its original Gibson brown hardshell case with purple plush lining (8.50). Gibson produced just 727 Sunburst ES-350T's between 1955 and 1962, but this, the preferable "PAF" version did not appear until 1957, and only 104 were made in 1958.

Introduced in 1955, the ES-350T (with two P-90 pickups) featured the overall characteristics of the Byrdland, especially with respect to the body and neck dimensions. But it differed in a number of details that were borrowed from the earlier ES-350 (no "T") that it was replacing in the Gibson line. The body was entirely made of curly maple without a solid spruce top, and the bound fingerboard was of rosewood instead of ebony, and featured split parallelogram inlays. It lacked the black and white purfling of the Byrdland, and the tailpiece, though having a loop design vaguely resembling a "W" was in fact quite different, with the "ES-350T" name engraved in the upper part. When introduced in 1955 the price was a modest $395.00 compared to the very expensive $550.00 Byrdland. Chuck Berry played an ES-350T in the mid to late fifties, while Steve Cropper played a Byrdland in the early days of the Mar-Keys.

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