Gibson ES 150 "Charlie Christian"
|Body||16" wide, solid spruce archtop, solid maple back and sides|
|Fretboard||Rosewood with pearl dot inlays, 24-3/4" scale|
|Bridge||Ebony archtop-style bridge adjustable for height|
|Pickup(s)||One steel magnet blade-type single coil in the neck position|
The Gibson Guitar Corporation's ES-150 guitar is generally recognized as the world's first commercially successful Spanish-style electric guitar. The name mahogany is used when referring to numerous varieties of dark-colored wood originally the wood of the species Swietenia mahagoni, known as West A pickup device acts as a Transducer that captures mechanical vibrations (usually from suitably equipped Stringed instruments such as the Electric guitar The Gibson Guitar Corporation of Nashville Tennessee, USA is a manufacturer of acoustic and Electric guitars The company's most popular guitar The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles An electric guitar is a type of Guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into an electrical current which is made louder The ES stands for Electric Spanish, and it was designated 150 because it cost $150, along with an EH-150 amplifier and a cable. An instrument amplifier is an Electronic amplifier that converts the inaudible electric or electronic signal from musical instruments such as an Electric guitar
After its introduction in 1936, it immediately became popular in jazz orchestras of the period. Year 1936 ( MCMXXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Jazz is an American Musical art form which originated in the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States Unlike the usual acoustic guitars utilized in jazz, it was loud enough to take a more prominent position in ensembles.
Jazz guitarist Eddie Durham is usually credited with making the first electric guitar solo in 1938 with the ES-150. Eddie Durham ( 19 August, 1906 &ndash 6 March, 1987) was an American Jazz Guitarist, Trombonist, In Music, a solo (from the Italian solo, meaning alone) is a piece or a section of a piece played or sung by a single performer The most important player of the ES-150, however, was Charlie Christian. Charlie Christian (Charles Henry Christian ( 29 July 1916 &ndash 2 March 1942) was an American swing and Bebop Because of his popularization of the guitar, the instrument's distinctive single-coil pickup is known by his name. A single coil pickup is a type of magnetic Transducer for the Electric guitar and the electric bass. A pickup device acts as a Transducer that captures mechanical vibrations (usually from suitably equipped Stringed instruments such as the Electric guitar His flowing solos and warm sound revolutionized the jazz guitar and, to this day, influence countless players.
Because the instrument was never intended to be played acoustically, there is a notable difference between the ES-150 and other archtop guitars. The inside of the solid spruce top is not carved to follow the contour of the outside, which renders it unsuitable for transforming the strings' energy into sound. This feature minimizes the problematic feedback that plagues amplified guitars that are designed more like acoustic guitars.
After WWII, the ES-150 was re-introduced as a 17" hollowbody with the top, back, and sides constructed of laminated maple . The post-war ES-150 was fitted with a P-90 pickup, replacing the original blade or "Charlie Christian" pickup in the neck position. The "Charlie Christian" pickup was an early Electric guitar pickup. This model was discontinued in the mid-1950s.
In the late 1960s, Gibson introduced the ES-150DC, which was a significantly different instrument, despite its similar model number. The ES-150DC was a hollowbody electric guitar with a double-cutaway body similar in appearance to the semi-hollow 335 guitars (except for a greater body thickness). It featured two humbuckers, a rosewood fingerboard with small block inlays, and a master volume knob on the lower cutaway. This model, however, was not particularly popular, and it was discontinued by Gibson in the mid-70s.
The ES-150 in its original design, along with the ES-175 and the L5, made up the heart of Gibson's jazz guitar lineup. The Gibson ES-175 is one of the most famous Jazz guitars in history The Gibson L-5 Guitar was first produced in 1922 by Gibson Guitar Corporation, then of Kalamazoo Michigan, U