Gibson ES-350 Archtop guitar – U.S.A. – 1948


Electric Hollow Body Archtop guitar


Maple top, maple and mahogany neck

Rosewood fretboard

Two P-90 pickups


The ES-350 (which was originally called the ES-350P, with the ‘P’ referring to ‘premier’) was announced back in 1947 but only released a year later. The model had a rounder cutaway than the ES-300. The instrument is, according to the current standard, a large guitar with its body of 43 cm/17 inches. Although a small number of single pickup models were initially built, the ES-350 was later fitted with a pair of P90 single coil elements, each of which had its own volume knob on the lower belly and a tone control knob near the cutaway. These models had a top made of laminated maple wood. In 1952, the model underwent major changes when the sound box used superior spruce, which greatly improved the sound. The electrical parts were also redesigned. These models are very popular among collectors and guitarists who play vintage guitars. The line was taken out of production in 1956.

Last updated on 11 May 2020
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