When it appeared in 1949, the Gibson ES-5 was the first electric guitar with three pickups, offering players a previously unheard variety of tones. Disadvantage: Fiddling around with three individual volume pots and a master tone turned out to be impractical. Therefore, Gibson upgraded the model in 1955 to a "Switchmaster" and placed a four-way toggle switch on the lower cutaway, with which each pickup could be selected individually or all together. However, the intended target group of jazz guitarists could do little with so many sounds, which is why the Switchmaster was able to establish itself primarily in country, rockabilly and blues. Here we have a reissue of the fat hum from the Nashville Custom Shop from 1999, which is equipped with three 57 Classic humbuckers. These are known to be extremely close to the old PAF sound, giving this guitar a really nice 50s tone as well. Amazing how many styles this guitar can be used for! Here you get not only the most beautiful, full clean sounds, also distorted the guitar with its voluminous character and the beautiful treble of the pickups really fun - especially since you can mix the sound in the "All" position of the toggle at will. For its age, this specimen is in top condition - apart from minimal corrosion on the metal and tiny traces in the varnish, there is nothing to complain about here. Because of the comfortable medium neck and the flame look, this guitar is a joy to play and to look at!
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