First introduced in 1950, the Gibson ES-140 was designed to be a student version of the flagship ES-175 guitar produced by Gibson at the time. With a shorter 22 3/4 inch scale, the ES-140 combined easier playability with the typical Florentine cutaway, dogear P90 and vintage sunburst found on the ES-175 at the time, making it ideal for the student jazz player. This 1954 Gibson ES-140 is a fantastic example of the model in exceptional condition.
This ES-140 features the same woods and design specifications of other Gibson arch tops of the time, with a carved maple top and maple back and sides. This guitar sounds wonderful, with the traditional warm dog ear P90 woody tone when combined with the guitars hollow body design. It is perfectly suited to jazz playing styles, but as with many P90 Gibson guitars from this time, it also sounds great through a broken up tube amp. The body is finished in a still very vibrant sunburst, with a single bound top, tortoise guard and trapeze tailpiece with original rosewood bridge.
This guitar is in excellent condition, with some minor lacquer checking and no signs of excessive play wear. It has been given a full service and appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty. This guitar also includes a non original hard case.