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Gibson ES 295 Husk

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I bought a 50's Gibson ES 295 husk. It's been gutted and the finish sanded. I'm not sure what the story is, but I'm excited to have it and rebuild it. I am debating whether to try to restore it (not necessarily with vintage parts), or use it as an opportunity to be creative and build something unique. i had the thought of moving in the direction of a sort of Bigsby style build. Custom pick guard and maybe TK Smith pickups (or possibly a TK in the bridge with a Charlie Christian in the neck). Some folks are really opposed to altering a vintage guitar, which I get, but since this is already so far from stock, it kind of feels like an opportunity to take a classic and be playful... I figure Gretsch players (and I have Gretsches as well!) are always hot rodding their guitars...what do you all think?

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I should add that I have a 50's Gibson ES 225 that is in pristine condition, so the idea of reloading this with P 90's would be a little redundant...

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Given its condition, I say do what you want. I like the direction you're headed with this!

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But what could you possibly put in that other than P90s?!

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That's a great question....I saw a fella on line who put TK Smith pickups in an ES 140 and it looks and sounds killer. I asked him about whether he had any regrets and he said absolutely not.... I'm just feeling it out really.

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But what could you possibly put in that other than P90s?!

– Tsar Nicholas

Mini humbuckers, preferable some vintage Epiphone mini hums. They are magic.

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Send TK an email about his Summertone pickups. They drop into dogear P90 cavities without modifications, and they sound great!

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That’s a dream project

TK CAR pickups. Paint it Cadillac Green. Put a B6 on it. Get a custom guard.

Start a band.

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TK Smiths CARs would be a great call, how did I not even think of that?

He’s making me a set at the moment.

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the TK Smith Summertones are clearly in the P90 camp, and a custom bakelite pickguard from him would be fantastic

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Maybe do a RestoMod on it? Shouldn't be too hard to get modern parts that look vintage. BTW seems to me I saw 295s with Bigsbys back in the day....

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What exactly does Restmod mean?

definitely will have a bigsby! I really don't like guitars without a tremolo system.

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"Restomod" comes from the classic car guys. It means a vintage piece that looks stock as a stove but has all kinds of modern goodies under the hood. Think a '2-tone green '53 Bel Air with 18" wheels, a Crate motor,and a TH400.

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If you change your mind and decide to move this on, please let me know because I have a set of 53 P90s waiting for a new home and I love ES295s.

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If you change your mind and decide to move this on, please let me know because I have a set of 53 P90s waiting for a new home and I love ES295s.

– Shuggie

Will do. are you at all interested in selling the P 90's?

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I'd restore it if it was mine. Just my opinion.

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Very sweet project and I like the idea of Charlie Christian in the neck.

I think Gibson '59 reissues would be pretty sweet. Yes humbucker but they are different and very versatile.

Good luck!!

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Will do. are you at all interested in selling the P 90's?

– langtryville

Not really TBH, but thanks and my offer is there.

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What would I do with it?

Paint it either purple sparkle or lime green sparkle, toss a set of Filtertrons in it, a Bigsby B6, Tru-Arc bridge, fill the control know holes and make it only a 3 way switch and output. I never use the rest anyway. If you couldn't tell I'm not much of a purist with most things. But the fact that you said you have another one, I'd go wild with this one.

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Man if that were mine and it is a real 50's 295 with the original neck and Gibson headstock. I would restore it exactly like Scotty Moores. The prices on those things are unreal because they are special and rare. Modding it any other way to not be a 295 IMO (which is of course the most important opinion)will make it just another modded guitar. Send it to me and I will get you some more appropriate guitars to mod. I would love to have that just like it is to restore. Here is a Ric I restored to it's former early 60's glory. https://www.gretsch-talk.co...


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