Gibson "Conservatory"

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  1. stahlhart

    stahlhart Member

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    Asking here because my memory got jogged today, and extensive searching online has come up empty.

    About 40 years ago, for a few months I owned a Gibson electric that had the name "Conservatory" on the truss rod cover, that I purchased used.

    It had an ES style body with a cherry sunburst finish, dot markers on the fretboard, and two single coil pickups that were not P-90s but more like those of a Strat -- the pickups were under black plastic covers with no exposed polepieces, and were mounted to the body with a chrome plated oval ring. It had one volume and one tone control, two slide switches for the pickups, and all of these were mounted on a Telecaster-ish chrome plate that sat below the lower sound hole. Tuners, I think, were button Klusons with pressed bushings.

    Anyone else ever seen one of these? I looked for a photo, but couldn't find one, nor could I find anything in writing about this guitar.
     
  2. HH1978

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    I can't help as I've never seen anything like this, but I'm interested!
     
  3. Highnumbers

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    Sounds like some kind of Norlin creation. Hope somebody has a photo!
     
  4. Artie Fisk

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    What you’re describing is an early-70s Gibson ES-320, or another model in that family. I’ve never seen one with “conservatory” on the truss rod cover. That would probably have been a custom thing. Maybe it belonged to a conservatory music program somewhere?
     
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  5. Artie Fisk

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    This guy talks too much, and is annoying AF, but it’s a 320.

     
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  6. stahlhart

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    That's the one -- thank you!!! I never knew, or forgot, about the model number. It's just been so many years.

    Here's another example, now that you've provided a search clue:



    I can't remember now for certain if mine had the dark binding, but I think it did.

    Thanks again for helping solve this mystery...
     
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  7. sidekick

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    Ah yes, the Gibson ES 320. Used to own a cherry one in the mid 70's with the black binding as on the video above.

    If I recall correctly, another UK forum member here posted of one he has, that, (needing quite a bit of work) he upgraded somewhat.
     
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  8. Sampler

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    Cool....never saw one of those. Kinda looks like it came from the same board room conversations that brought this into being.....the dreaded SG 200.
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  9. Donn Rowe

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    I had one of these...My first real Gibson !
     
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