1952 Gibson ES-5, finished in Blonde with Gorgeous Flamed Maple Top, Back and Sides. Gibson started production of the ES-5 in 1949 as an electric version of the L-5 and continued until 1962. The version of the ES-5 that we have here features 3 P-90 pickups with separate volume controls for each pickup and a master tone control. This configuration would later change into what became known as the ES-5 Switchmaster. The Switchmaster version would feature separate volume and tone controls for each pickup and a 4 way selector switch. Early versions of the Switchmaster featured 3 Single Coil Pickups, but this would change in 1957 when Gibson introduced the Humbucking Pickup.
According to Gibson’s production records 219 ES-5’s were built in 1952, with only 93 Finished in Natural that year.
The Gibson ES-5 was put to use by many great artists, most notably Blues Legend T-Bone Walker whos playing style would influence countless artists. Jimi Hendrix was heavily influenced by Walker’s live peformance style, as was Frank Zappa who used an ES-5 on his first three albums.
Video of T-Bone Walker playing the Blues on his Original Vintage Gibson ES-5