The guitar arrived yesterday. It is excellent both in terms of playability and sound. In fact it is better than I expected. It has a very sweet balanced tone that makes it a good jazz guitar. Many thanks!
Gibson Herb Ellis Model ES-165
"...I wanted to let you know how impressed I've been with your attitude and service through this process. Although the guitar wasn't to my taste, everything else was top quality in terms of the experience ~ thanks..."
Martin HD 28
£999.00 £99.00 £1,599.00
We know our customers love vintage Gibson guitars and earlier this year we told you about an exciting new partnership between JGG and Factory Street Studios (Bradford, UK) for the production of vintage guitar video demonstrations.
We are therefore very happy to announce that we have just completed another round of video demos and once again we have employed the amazing guitar skills of UK jazz guitarist Jamie Holroyd. We got Jamie to work with some of our finest vintage Gibson guitars and especially our stunning collection of ES-175s.
This time we also asked Jamie to feature some of our excellent vintage Fender amplifiers alongside the guitars and we think you’ll agree that the combination has produced some fabulous results! There’s really nothing quite like plugging a great vintage Gibson guitar into a small Fender tube amp combo. All those rich vintage tones just explode from the speakers and it’s all topped off with some real spring reverb giving you vintage guitar tone heaven. Here’s a couple of sample video clips for you.
Btw – If you haven’t already, please do visit our dedicated JGG video channel on YouTube and subscribe to keep up to date with all our new videos as they are posted. You will be seeing a lot more of Jamie and our guitars in the coming months.
Now and again you come across a story about a vintage guitar that is just too good not to share and this really is one of them. Bill Frisell is a highly respected American guitarist, composer and arranger who was for a long time the ‘in-house’ guitar player for the ECM label, as well as being a bandleader and solo artist in his own right.
Although he has been known for playing solid body guitars for many years, his first significant jazz guitar was a 1968 Gibson ES-175. After playing this guitar through much of his formative years, he finally sold the instrument before moving briefly to Europe. Realising that he had probably made a huge mistake in selling the guitar, Frisell then spent much of the next 37 years trying to track down it’s whereabouts via a serial number.
For most people this would likely have been a fruitless search, as vintage guitars can often change hands privately without ever going through a dealer. In Frisell’s case however, luck was definitely on his side as he had an old friend working for the Gibson company who miraculously found a Facebook advert with what he felt might just be Bill’s old guitar. Upon further investigation and a check of the serial number, it did indeed turn out to be his original guitar. Delighted that he had finally found his old guitar Bill then purchased it back. The video below details the whole story in Bill’s own words and you can also see and hear him playing it. He looks a happy man too!