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Gibson ES 150 Charlie Christian Charlie Christian
Gibson ES 250 T-Bone Walker T-Bone Walker
Gibson ES 175 Howard Roberts Howard Roberts
Gibson ES 175D Joe Pass Joe Pass

Gibson ES 250 with Charlie Christian Pickup

The ES-250 first appeared in the 1940 Gibson AA catalog with the slogan: "Gibson has created the best electric guitar possible to make." This top-of-the-line instrument was an upgraded version of the popular ES-150. It had significant refinements which distinguished it from the earlier mid-range model. These included a larger body, a more deluxe fingerboard, headstock, tuners and tailpiece, and a bar pickup with individual mini-blades acting as separate polepieces for each string--for "maximum tonal reproduction."

Guitar Features: ES 250
guitar feature 17" hollow body
guitar feature Charlie Christian pickup (six blade)
guitar feature two knobs (volume, tone)
guitar feature plate tailpiece w/raised diamond
guitar feature triple-bound pickguard
guitar feature spruce top
guitar feature carved maple back
guitar feature sunburst top
guitar feature brown finish side and back
guitar feature slender f-holes
guitar feature ebony adjustable bridge
guitar feature white ivoroid binding
guitar feature nickel tuners with ivory heads on fancy headstock
guitar feature Gibson adjustable truss rod neck
guitar feature 19 frets with open book inlays

The most notable proponent of the ES-250 was the influential guitarist T-Bone Walker, who used it throughout the 1940s and early 1950s on many landmark electric blues recordings. It was also seen in the hands of Charlie Christian, Alvino Rey and Tony Mottola during the forties.
The ES-250, case, cord and the matching EH-185 amplifier cost $250 in 1940.

ES 150
Gibson ES 250 with Charlie Christian Pickup
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