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VINTAGE - This 1949 natural Gibson ES-5 serial number A3830 is one of only 22 natural ES-5s that Gibson made in 1949. It comes from the original owner who purchased the guitar new in upstate New York. The guitar is all factory stock with original case. Plays and sounds amazing!! When Ted McCarty started at Gibson in 1948, one of his first concerns was to develop and enlarge Gibson’s line of electric guitars. Among these new electrics was the "Electric Spanish" ES-5, introduced in 1949. The ES-5 was intended to be, according to Gibson literature at the time, “the supreme electronic version of the famed Gibson L-5.” Apart from the name, body dimensions, and fingerboard inlay, the ES-5 was very different from the L-5. A 1949 ES-5’s features included: a 17"-wide body with laminated maple top, back and sides, pearl crown inlay on the headstock, rosewood fingerboard and unbound f-holes (until 1950). The most exciting part of the guitar was of course its three pickups. These P-90s were controlled by three individual volume knobs and one master tone.