Gibson Custom ES-5 Switchmaster Archtop #10023001 - Used  From Gibson Guitars

A 2012 Gibson Custom Shop ES-5 Switchmaster from the Crimson Division.

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Condition: Used, Excellent

Here we have a phenomenal Archtop from Gibson's Custom Shop's Crimson Division. This guitar was made by Gibson's best luthiers, with the highest level of quality you can get from Gibson.

Here at SoundPure, we've had the pleasure of playing a variety of Gibsons from every era, and though this guitar is a new model, it retains much of the magic of a vintage Gibson.

The Switchmaster is a veritable Swiss Army Knife of tone! With three pickups and separate controls to blend and shape them, it's hard to imagine a musical situation this guitar couldn't handle. Fit and Finish are immaculate, as you would expect from the best craftsmen Gibson employs.

Manufacturer's Description from Gibson Guitars

The Gibson L-4 archtop became jazz’s greatest rhythm instrument in the hands of six-string innovators like the virtuoso Eddie Lang in the 1920s and assured the company’s dominance of the guitar market even before the outbreak of World War I. But the L-4’s story - how it evolved from an acoustic guitar to the dynamic L-4 CES Mahogany Archtop of today - is perhaps the best illustration of Gibson’s historic dedication to endlessly refining and improving instruments that are already world class.
 
The L-4 was developed as a louder, bolder update of Gibson’s popular L-1 and L-3 designs, advertised as a “grand concert size” model with 20 frets, one more than its predecessors. The L-4’s top changed radically in 1935 when, under the direction of the company’s famed designer Lloyd Loar, the round sound hole was replaced by a pair of f-holes to enhance tone and projection. During the ‘40s, many elements were added including crown pegheads and parallelogram inlays on its fingerboard, but the biggest innovation in the guitar’s design came in 1949 with electrification.
 
 
To meet the demands of the dawn of popular music’s electric age, Gibson first created the laminated top ES-175 in 1948 based on the construction of the acoustic carved top L-4. But players still wanted a genuine electric full-bodied L-4 with a carved top. The first wave of these guitars were built in small batches throughout the 1950s, but were perfected late in the decade. Along the way the guitar’s body traded its rounded edges for a single cutaway horn to allow easier access to the high notes – a sign of the L-4’s evolution from rhythm to lead-and-rhythm instrument. Finally, in 1958, the design reached a pinnacle with a run of 20 guitars bearing the Gibson L-4 CES name. Some had Charlie Christian pickups, others Alnicos, and a few sported humbuckers. Over time the humbuckers proved the most versatile and practical, and thus today’s graceful mahogany L-4 CES model reached maturity.
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Today's Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar. The models whose designs have become classics-the ES-175, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, SGs and Les Pauls-are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles. Gibson's close relationship with musicians is manifest in endorsement models from King, Atkins and jazz greats Howard Roberts and Herb Ellis, plus new Les Pauls made to the personal specifications of rock stars Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, the new Nighthawk model won an industry award for design, setting the stage for a second hundred years of Gibson quality and innovation.

Specifications

Model: ES-5 Switchmaster

Serial: 10023001

Year: 2012

Body Material: Maple

Top Material: Maple

Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Color: Natural

Neck Material: Mahogany

Scale Length: 24 3/4"

Fingerboard Material: Rosewood

Fingerboard Radius: 12"

Fingerboard Inlay: Mother of Pearl Blocks

Number of Frets: 20

Bridge/Tailpiece: Floating Tune-O-Matic

Tuners: Grover

Number of Pickups: 3

Neck Pickup: P90

Middle Pickup: P90

Bridge Pickup: P90

Controls: 3 x Volume, 3 x Tone, 4-Way Pickup Selector

Case: Gibson Hardshell