Gibson ES-150 (335 shape) thoughts?

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  1. jzucker

    jzucker Supporting Member

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    Thinking of getting one for jazz stuff. Will probably string it with .012-.054 roundwounds.

    Just wondering about weight, balance, feedback, etc?
     
  2. dconeill

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    I've only played one, back in grad school. IIRC it had the rather narrow nut (1 9/16"?) that some Gibsons had in the 60s and 70s. It was OK, but I liked wider fingerboards. I was a 335 player even then, and the 150 gave me no problems of weight or balance. I don't remember about feedback, but I probably wasn''t playing all that loud.
     
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    I've played one before. Basically a thicker, hollow 335. It was Freddie Bryant's.

    Has a cool vibe that's a bit different than other Gibsons I've played. You have a line on one, Jack?
     
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    i don't have a line on one but it would be a cool variation on a 175. I think the construction is similar to a 175 but with the 335 body shape and neck joint
     
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    I was at a guitar show in Spartanburg, SC a few years ago and one of the dealers had a late 1960s ES-150. I played it acoustically and liked it. But I passed on it because the dealer wouldn't let me try it out with an amplifier.
     
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    Used to have one and miss it. Upper fret access of a 335 and tone that's closer to a 175. Reasonably feedback resistant but probably not a rocker's guitar in the first place :)
     
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    I had one for a few years in the '80s. It played very well, sounded similar to an ES-175 (I had one of those, too) but better upper fret acess. It did have the pencil neck, though.
    It was nice for the right gig but I started playing in a rock/pop band in '84 and traded it for an ES-335 which fit more what I wanted in that situation.
     

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