Gibson Es-295 Archtop Guitar (1952-1958)
The gibson es-295 was introduced in 1952 and shared the same finish as the original gibson les paul goldtop model which originated during the same year .
In 1952 the es-295 guitar was fitted with 2 p-90 cream covered pickups, it had gold plated hardware , a gold body and neck finish , individual tone controls for each pickup,
pickguard embossed with a gold floral design , trapeze tailpiece , parallelagram fingerboard inlays , and had crown inlays on the peghead .
From the very beginning since scotty moore ( guitarist of elvis presley ) played on the es-295 , it was coined as the ultimate rockabilly guitar , the guitar was also considered as a prestigious version of the es-175 but with 2 soap bar pickups .
In 1957 , gibson replaced the 2 p90 pickups with 2 gold plated humbuckers to comply and blend with the gold finish .
Although the gibson es-295 guitars were short lived in 1958 , they set the stage for the succesful gibson es-175d models which were introduced a year later with 2 p90 pickups, natrural or sunburst finishes ,and are still in production today.
In 1990 gibson introduced a reissue with a gold finish 2 p90 pickups , bigsby and called it the gibson es-295 reissue , discontinued in 1993 .
In 1993 they introduced a more prestige version with an antique gold finish , bigsby and 2-p90s , and named it the es-295 '52 historic collection , discontinued in 2000 .
Vintage Price Value For 2007 :
1952 - 1957 > $7900 to $8700 ( p90 )
1957 - 1958 > $18 000 to $22 000 ( humbuckers )
1990 - 1993 > $2400 to $2700 ( reissue )
1993 - 2000 > $2500 to $2700 ( historic collection )
1952 - 1957 > Avg Upward Trend Of 11% a Year since 2000
1957-1958 > 22% 1990-1993 > 8% 1993-2000 > 0%
You can find Gibson es-295 guitars for sale on ebay at very good prices , however they don't have them listed all the time .
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