Gibson ES-140 Archtop guitar – U.S.A. – 1945


Electro-Acoustic Hollow Body Archtop guitar


Mahogany neck, maple and mahogany body

Rosewood fretboard

One P-90 pickup


This uniquely small design was part of Gibson’s extensive pre-war range of ES guitars. This ES-140 was a three-quarter version of the ES-175 in size with a shorter neck. In 1956, this model was replaced by the ES-140T.
The neck of the ES-140 was 5 cm shorter than that of the ES-175. A P-90 pickup was fitted at the neck. The model had a floating tortoise shell pickguard and a trapezoide tailpiece. It was available in a sunburst or natural finish.
With its smaller body, the ES-140 was more like the current electric solid-body guitar in terms of width and lighter in weight than previous archtops.

Last updated on 11 May 2020
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