Gibson ES-150DCW Arch Top Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1970)

Gibson  ES-150DCW Arch Top Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1970)
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Gibson ES-150DCW Model Arch Top Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1970), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 923573, walnut stain lacquer finish, laminated maple body; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

One of Gibson's more interesting ideas from the end of the '60's, the ES-150DC used a recycled model number for a new hybrid guitar -- a full-body variant on the ES-335 series. This walnut-finish example from 1970 has a mix of features typical of that year: the late '60's narrow one-piece mahogany neck with no volute but a "Made In USA" stamp under the serial number, chrome covers on the patent # pickups and amp-style "witch hat" knobs.

While it much resembles an ES-335 from the front, the ES-150D is structurally a very different instrument with a hollow 3" deep body and no solid center block. There IS a substantial block inside extending back to nearly the rear pickup, but not all the way to the bridge as in the ES-335 which would have made for a very heavy guitar. The tone is more in the range of an ES-175, and the guitar handles in a similar way to the other full-depth hollow guitars. The instrument also has a master volume control on the lower horn, an unusual and useful feature Gibson rarely used on stock models.

This fairly rare guitar was produced in far smaller numbers than the ES-335 thinline family for a few years starting in 1969 running into the mid- 70's before piddling out. The ES-150DC was never a big seller despite its very practical design and excellent sound. This 1970 model is a fine player's instrument, an interesting and cool variation on one of Gibson's standard formulas.
 
Overall length is 42 in. (106.7 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 9/16 in. (40 mm.).

Overall this is a nice original example showing some light general wear but no notable repairs or modifications. The finish shows some typical checking and minor chips, dings and scrapes, the most concentrated area being a bit of belt-buckling to the back. The hardware is all original and undisturbed, the rear pickup ring showing a bit of warp but nothing serious. The guitar has been refretted with pretty much identical wire to what it had originally, and there is some visible divoting to the fingerboard with some small fills added. This is a fine playing and sounding example complete in its original black HSC. Excellent - Condition.