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Gibson ES-195 Rockabilly Figured Electric Guitar  

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Raw and refined in equal measure, the new ES-195 from Gibson Memphis is a rock-and-roll machine pure and simple, but can turn its ferocity to a surpr...Read More

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A rock-and-roll machine with surprising versatility.

Raw and refined in equal measure, the new ES-195 from Gibson Memphis is a rock-and-roll machine pure and simple, but can turn its ferocity to a surprisingly broad range of styles within that realm—and plenty more outside it, too. Combining the rich pedigree of Gibson’s tradition in archtop-electrics with the snarl and attitude of the company’s seminal solidbody rockers, the ES-195 makes a striking statement with both its beguiling looks and monster tone.

What’s more, the ES-195 can turn its hand to jazz without breaking a sweat, thanks to a body proportioned and constructed in homage to the legendary ES-175 but ¾” thinner and a pair of humbucker-sized P-94 single-coil pickups. But one look at that Firebird-inspired Trini Lopez neck and headstock tells you there’s far more under the hood: add some serious attitude when you hit the strings, then prepare yourself for pure rock fury.

A Bigsby™ vibrato tailpiece takes it all to another dimension, letting the ES-195 run from classic rockabilly growl, to meaty country twang, to atmospheric alternative excursions. On top of all this, the ES-195 looks superb in your choice of ebony with chrome hardware, or Trans Amber Stain (Tobacco Burst) atop a Grade-AAA figured maple top with gold hardware--both complemented by distinctive split-diamond mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays.

Body and Neck
The ES-195 has a fully hollow body constructed in the ES-175 style, with laminated maple top, back, and sides, arched top and back with traditional f-holes and white top binding. It has a glued-in maple neck with bound rosewood fingerboard inlaid with mother-of-pearl split-diamond position markers. The headstock is patterned after the Trini Lopez model of the 1960s, itself inspired by Gibson’s non-reverse Firebird.

Pickups and Electronics
To take you from roaring rock and roll to warm, purring jazz and spankin,’ twangin’ country, the ES-195 is equipped with a pair of Gibson’s popular P-94 pickups modified to give hum canceling performance when played together. Made with genuine Alnico II magnets, these pickups are constructed in the image of the beloved P-90 single coil, and offer the same blend of bite and snarl, but are sized to fit traditional humbucker mounting rings. Plus they are calibrated, having 10K winding on the neck position pickup and 10.5K windings on the bridge position pickup. The standard four-knob control section of two independent volume and tone controls and a three-way Switchcraft™ toggle switch complete the electronics.

Hardware and Plastics
The ES-195 carries Gibson’s legendary Tone Pros™ bridge with roller saddles on an ebony base, partnered with an authentic Bigsby™ tailpiece for smooth vibrato action. High-quality Grover™ Mini tuners grace the six-in-line headstock, and all hardware is gold-plated on the Trans Amber (Tobacco Burst) guitars, and chrome on the Ebony guitars. The Trans Amber ES-195 carries amber Top-Hat knobs, while the Ebony wears black Top-Hats, and both versions have a black five-ply pickguard and black truss-rod cover.

Case and Coverage
Every ES-195 comes protected in silkscreened Gibson Memphis hardshell case with plush charcoal lining and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

FEATURES
  • 100% American made in Memphis, TN
  • Full hollowbody made from laminated maple
  • Rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl split-diamond inlays
  • Calibrated P-94 pickups in the neck and bridge positions
  • Reverse wound for hum-canceling
  • Tone Pros bridge with roller saddles and Bigsby tailpiece
  • Gold Grover Mini Tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
  • Includes case

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GibsonES-195 Rockabilly Figured Electric Guitar
 
3.7

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not bad if it were made in Chile

        By Gary

        from South Florida

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        Pros

        • Sound

        Cons

        • Cheezy Paint Job
        • Cheezy Pint Job
        • Fuzzy Painted Serial
        • L-o-n-g Strings Required
        • Pikguard Problems

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          Comments about Gibson ES-195 Rockabilly Figured Electric Guitar:

          Gibson got off the path here. WHY would they put a Bigsby on anything with a L-O-N-G headpiece. Where do you get 6 foot long strings to get up to that head? Add to that Gretsch already decided to put a Bigsby on EVERY model... sheesh.

          The orange peel paint on the head looks like it was made in a garage, the serial numbers are painted on AND blurry, and my pickguard had issues rattling almost out of the box.

          It's no wonder it's already "rare"

          If it were 2/3 less money and made in a third world country I'd have no qualms with it.

          If you buy one a trapeze (custom made of course) will fix a few of my issues with it,

          OK, flame off... despite all of this it's a very nice playing and sounding guitar, but I think its price point is better in the 2/3 off the current price range, then I'd have no beef with mine.

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          3.0

          Gibson hollow body electric guitar

          By Dr John

          from Arizona

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          Pros

          • Excellent Action Set Up
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson ES-195 Rockabilly Figured Electric Guitar:

          I liked this guitar, but didn't want to go through the trouble of getting the buzzes fixed on the 2nd and 3rd strings. I returned it. Musiciansfriend paid for the shipping and everything went smoothly. If it had the proper set up, I would have kept it.
          The guitar was very well made and the woods and finish were perfect. The action was low and very easy to play. The neck felt great to my hand. It had a new guitar tone and would probably mellow out over time. Hard to assess tone with the buzzes.

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          5.0

          Awesome!

          By 195forlife

          from West of the Mississippi

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                Comments about Gibson ES-195 Rockabilly Figured Electric Guitar:

                I have the trans-amber version, and man it is sweeeet! Pretty big jump in price from the ebony to trans-amber, but still costs way less than most of the 335/330/175 type Memphis guitars. Excellent build quality. Thinner than a 175, but fatter than a 335/339. 16 inch lower bout, so it's a big guitar, but fully hollow which keeps it on the lighter side (I'd guess around 7 lbs), which sure beats a 9 pound 335! The P-94 pups are fantastic. I don't know why Gibson doesn't use them more often because they have all the P-90 snarl and bite (this is my 5th P-90 guitar!). I guess I really prefer the thinner 330/335 style body for comfort, but at this price point even the more expensive trans-amber is a steal. If you don't care about flame, get the ebony...you can't touch another model Gibson Memphis for that price. Even the plain top 339's (which are great guitars), have shot up to nearly what I paid for my ES 195. I wanted a hollow body with P-90's but did not want to pay for a 330...this got me there in spades (well, split diamonds, anyway).
                By the way...nowhere in Gibson's literature do they refer to this as a "Rockabilly" guitar, and I've never seen it mentioned on any other website. Not sure why MF takes such a liberty, but who cares...AWESOME guitar!!!!!

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