Gibson ES-140 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1953)

Gibson  ES-140 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1953)

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Gibson ES-140 Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1953), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # Y6176-30, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown hard shell case.

The diminutive ES-140 is an extremely cool little Gibson and a surprisingly great-sounding guitar. The small 3/4 size ES-140 electric archtop was offered through much of the 1950s, described by Gibson as perfect for students, "ladies," or just guitarists desiring a compact fully hollow archtop. This one shows some signs of use but remains in nicely original condition.

Looking deceptively almost like a toy ES-175, the ES-140 is in fact a fully professional quality instrument with a great-feeling round profile neck, single P-90 pickup, and simple appointments. With a smaller body cavity, the tone is a bit brighter and snappier than the typical ES-175. This early 1950s ES-140 plays beautifully and has an amazingly big honking tone for such a small instrument -- we think it sounds better than many full-sized archtops.
 
Overall length is 36 1/2 in. (92.7 cm.), 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 23 in. (584 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This guitar shows some fairly light playwear including chips and dings to the finish but is still a very nice playing example. The Kluson Deluxe tuners are original with new buttons; everything else is completely original and unaltered. There is one inconspicuous small laminate crack on the upper side waist area. This example has an excellent neck angle and the original frets are still in good shape with some light divoting in the low positions. This is a super cool little Gibson and great fun to play. The original brown HSC is included -- many of these ES-140s were sold in chipboard cases, so that is a nice bonus! Excellent - Condition.