Gibson Es-300 ( 1940-1953 )
The gibson es-300 guitar was introduced in mid 1940 as a new upgrade for their electric guitars . The guitar shared much of its features of its predecessor ( es-250 ) and also had similar style hardware & features of the gibson l-5 & the gibson l-12 .
What made the gibson es-300 different from other pre war guitars was the electronics and look of its new style pickups . Gibson made 3 versions of basically the same model with 3 different pickup variations ,
The first version of the gibson es-300 in 1940 had a long slanted pickup extending accross the top ( see 1rst pic ) , the guitar featured a 17" wide body ( maple back ) , plate tailpiece l-5 style , double parallelogram inlays on fingerboard ( l-12 style ) , crown peghead inlays, pearl logos, and were made only in natural finishes .
In 1941 gibson introduced the es-300 with basically the same specs except for a small slanted pickup near the bridge ( see 2nd pic ) , and sunburst finishes were now optional .
From 1942 to 1945 the es-300 production came to a hault due to the war , however theres some literature i've read that states that gibson sold few es-300s through WWII .
In late 1945 Gibson introduced the es300 with a straight p-90 pickup ( see 3rd pic ) at the neck position , with beveled edged pickguards . In late 1948 to 53 they added a second pickup .
The gibson es-300 guitar was considered their top guitar models for their prewar electric line of guitars , they were favored by many jazz guitar players such as mickey baker , was also used in the infamous solo of "rock around the clock" by danney cedrone .
( the version with the long pickup is not a favorite amongst guitar players , and are somewhat sought after by collectors for its historical signicance )
Vintage Price Value For 2009 :
1940 - 1942 > $4600 to $5000 ( long pickup )
1940 - 1942 > $4100 to $4400 ( small pickup )
1945 - 1949 > $2900 to $3400 ( p90 )
1949 - 1953 > $3000 to $3700 ( 2 pickups )
Avg Upward Trend Of 12% A Year Since 2000
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