Thursday, March 16, 2006

Gibson ES150 Charlie Christian Model

We recently had the priviledge to work on a 1939/1940 Gibson ES150 Charlie Christian model guitar. This guitar is in remarkable original condition. We did a setup and replaced a volume pot and an output jack. Other than that, all the electronics are original.

We are huge archtop fans and Charlie Christian fans, so it was a great opportunity to have this guitar in the shop. Josh (one of the shop owners and a guitar teacher) got to plug it into a 1938 Gibson EH185 Amp, the same amp that Charlie Christian used. The tone was amazing. It sounded like an old recording of the Benny Goodman sextet.

Being able to work on guitars like this is one of the coolest things about being a Luthier.


At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Noel Grassy in San O'haze, Ca said...

Haing never seen an original myself can you briefly describe the method used to mount the pickup? Are the electronics fished through the p'up hole or through the f-holes?

At 9:18 AM, Blogger C.B. Perkins said...


The pickup is mounted through the pickup hole, and the mounting method is really crude - it's just 3 bolts that are drilled throught the face and attached to a bracket. You can see this on the face of the guitar.

At 6:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a guitar! Nothing sounds like an ES-150 with a Charlie Christian pickup. Probably one of the finest sounding electric guitars.

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have one identical to this. I am quite sure that mine is a 1937 however. Ironically, mine is missing the pickguard as well and of course, I can't find a replacement.


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