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Gibson thinline electric guitars

thinline acoustic and semi-acoustic guitars.

Gibson thinline electric acoustic guitar

Thin-line electric acoustic guitars

As bands got louder in the 1950s, the limitations of fully-hollow electric acoustics became apparent; it was difficult to amplify these instruments to the extent required without creating feedback.

This problem was solved when Gibson released the thinline Electric Spanish, or ES series of guitars. Thin bodies, and with a central maple block (except the ES 330) running down the middle of the body to reduce feedback. They were obviously thinner than the full bodied guitars, and so easier and more comfortable to play; amplifiers were getting more powerful, and so guitars were able to keep up with other instruments without having to have large hollow bodies. The ES series went from very simple guitars with just one pickup (ES-330T), to very ornate instruments - the ES-355TDSV had gold hardware throughout, 6-way tone control and stereo circuitry.

The guitars were built at the main Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, alongside Epiphone branded thinlines, such as the Casino (more about Epiphone thinlines). The design was highly inflential on guitars produced from other companies, especially during the 1960s, and scores of imitations appeared from just about every manufacturer.

Gibson thinline models have been very widely used by guitarists in all genres, including legends BB King, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry, just to name a few.

Gibson Byrdland Gibson Byrdland
 1972 showcase brochure
Gibson Crest Gibson Crest
 1970 Crest
Gibson ES-120 T Gibson ES-120 T
Gibson ES-125 T Gibson ES-125 T
Gibson ES-125 TD Gibson ES-125 TC
 catalogue appearances
 1960 promotional sheet
 1962 ES-125 TC
 1966 ES-125 TC
Gibson ES-125 TD Gibson ES125 TDC
Gibson ES-330 TD Gibson ES330 TD Gibson ES-335 TD Gibson ES335 TD
 specifications & shipping stats
 controls (1978)
 1965 ES-335 TD
Gibson ES-335-12 Gibson ES335-12
Gibson ES-340 TD Gibson ES340 TD
 promo sheet (1969)
Gibson ES-345 TD Gibson ES345 TD
 shipping stats
 1959 announcement
 1967 ES-345 TD
Gibson ES-347 Gibson ES347
Gibson ES-355 TDSV Gibson ES-355 TDSV
 specs & shipping stats
 1972 showcase brochure
 BB King
 other users
Gibson ES-Artist Gibson ES-Artist  

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axemusic Comment left 3rd May 2013 09:09:23
Looking for shipping numbers on various 1980s Gibson thinlines - is this information published anywhere? The shipping book seems to stop at '79. Has there been an updated edition?

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