Gibson ES-295 Archtop – U.S.A. – 1952


Electric Hollow Body Archtop


Maple body, mahogany neck

Rosewood fretboard

Two P-90 single-coil pickups


The ES-295 was launched in 1952 and marketed as a more expensive version of Gibson’s ES-175. There was actually little difference between the two guitars: the ES-295 had a glossy gold finish to match the gold leaf-covered hardware, an embellished pickguard and specially crafted white covers for the two P90 pickups. All of this made this instrument $ 120 more expensive than the ES-175.
Like other electric archtop guitars produced by Gibson during this period, the ES-295 was intended for the jazz market. Nevertheless, the instrument was more often found in the hands of young rock and rollers, of whom Scotty Moore was the best known.
With its body shape and finish, the ES 295 can be considered the little brother, albeit a hollow body, of the Les Paul Goldtop, which was launched the same year.

Last updated on 11 May 2020
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