1951 GibsonES-5 – Natural

This stunning, clean 1951 Gibson ES-5 in Natural is quite the world traveler with an amazing original owner story! This guitar was originally sold by Chicago Musical Instrument Co. and shipped to Roger L. Gibson, a US Air Force Sgt. who was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany at the Rhein-Main Air Base. It was flown to him by Pan Am Airlines. Shortly after receiving it, he ended up selling it to a local German musician. We know all of this due to the insane amount of paperwork that is found in this guitar’s case. This second owner, Werner Heinz Musiol, was a pro-musician who played on a German broadcasting program. There are also original owner photos in the case of him with this guitar. What an amazing and well documented instrument and piece of history!

Overall Condition: 9, very light playwear and finish checking hold it back from a 10


  • Finish Details: Natural, Original, Excellent Condition, Light playwear throughout guitar and specifically at neck, Very fine finish checking throughout
  • Body Material: Maple Laminate
  • Neck Material: Three Piece Maple
  • Fretboard Material: Rosewood
  • Neck Profile: Medium C
  • Weight: 7 lbs 6 oz
  • Scale Length: 25-½”
  • Pickup Readings: N: 6.59K M: 6.88K B: 6.65Ka fish
  • Electronics: Original, Untouched
  • Hardware: Original, Excellent Condition, Light patina and wear to gold plating of tailpiece and tuners, Master tone and neck volume knobs slightly crackled internally at pot shaft
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Includes: Non-Original (to this guitar, but period correct) Brown Hardshell Case, Original Paperwork (Instructions, Receipt, Bill of Sale, Invoice, Air Waybill), Original Owner Photos

Sku: G046


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