Last year I paid The Guitar Company in Breda a visit to check out some guitars. I promised the owner, Erwin van Waardenburg, that I would return later to check out his new location in Etten-Leur.
Last week I noticed an ad for a 1947 Gibson ES 300 and it happened to be a guitar that was for sale at the Guitar Company. The guitar looked so gorgeous that I was very interested and quickly made an appointment to check out that blonde beauty. Erwin promised me to bring his own 1952 ES 350, a model that I had never played and was very eager to hear! Together with Eva (my daughter) we made the trip on a sunny sunday.
Of course the ES 300 was great in all respect. Mint condition, no issues at all and even the original frets showed little sign of wear. A closet queen! I could hardly believe my eyes when I first saw her. Such an old guitar in such a great condition. And she sounded like you'd expect from a P90 equipped vintage Gibson. Classic bebop sounds. Like a real lady, she was not cheap so I had to leave my beloved 63 Barney Kessel behind to be able to afford her but I quickly knew she going with me. I'll do a separate Blog entry on the ES 300 with plenty of specs on this model later so I'll move on to the other guitars that I played.
Next was a 1952 Gibson ES 295. The quintessential rock and roll guitar. I had actually never played one earlier. Basically it's a 175 with some fancy appointments, like gold finish, different tailpiece, ivory colored pup covers and a pickguard with gold floral design. To me, it just sounded like a regular 50s ES 175. Fine sounding vintage guitar but you have to be willing to pay a hefty premium for the 50s rockabilly mystique ...
The last guitar I checked out was a 1961 Gibson ES 335. At 22k, by far the most expensive one in the house. Though I once owned an 80s 335, my experience with vintage ES 335s is limited. This one is probably kick ass but I simply prefer hollow bodies. It did sound pretty big for a 335, so much I noticed.
For a short impression watch the vid below. However the lofi sound hardly does the guitars justice. And my playing is not very focused ...
We drank coffee, talked guitars, jammed some and then ....I went home with a beautiful 72 year old lady! Thanks Erwin (The Guitar Company) and thanks Eva for driving me and taking the pics!