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Gibson "Conservatory"

stahlhart

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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.
 

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?
 

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...
 

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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