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Used Mandolins


Gibson: 1955 EM-150

(Item ID: 1955 EM-150)

Gibson 1955 EM-150

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1955 Gibson EM-150 Sunburst Electric Mandolin with P-90 Pickup

General Description

Originating during the dawn of amplification in 1936, the EM-150 was clearly part of a trend where Gibson was applying this new-fangled electromagnetic pickup to anything with strings. This model was initially equipped with a Charlie Christian pickup, then a rather distinctive pickup with rectangular screwpoles, and ultimately in 1949 the pickup was changed to the oh-so-sweet P-90, such as the one we see here. While quite different from the modern acoustic pickup options, the P-90 innately delivers a warm, full bodied tone that still has very well-defined treble. Thus, one can achieve pretty compelling acoustic tone with the EM-150 (particularly when proper EQ is applied); but, unlike any typical acoustic mandolin pickup, one can take this instrument’s amplified tone to a very different electric guitar soundscape territory. Needless to say, this degree of amplified versatility is way cool!

Apart from the addition of a Golden Sunburst finish option added in ’56, the EM-150 remained essentially unchanged from 1949 through 1971, when it was discontinued. Most mandolins with a 12-fret body clearance have an oval soundhole, which, along with the shifting of the bridge placement inherent in the 12-fret design, makes for a more throaty darker tone. Yet, due to the pickup, the EM-150 has f-holes; and, factoring in the rigidity of the pickup itself, we find that the acoustic tone retains some of the 12-fret openness while exhibiting a slightly attenuated bass response.


Cosmetic Description

Given that this instrument is more than 60 years old and that it came to us sans case, it is surprisingly clean. Like so many Gibsons, its finish is extensively checked and it has picked up the errant scuff or ding. Most notably, there are a couple finish gouges and chip-outs surrounding the bridge feet. Additionally, there is a visible scuff on the bass side edge in line with the point of the f-hole, and a minor dark scuff extending from the base of the tone knob. The frets have been re-dressed and have a healthy amount of material. The original tuners (also included) have been replaced as they remained quite stiff despite lubrication. VERY GOOD CONDITION

Specifications:

• A-00 Body Size
• Solid Sitka Spruce top with Sunburst finish
• Maple Back and Sides
• Mahogany neck
• Rosewood fingerboard with MOP dot inlays
• Rosewood bridge
• Crθme binding (neck and body)
• Brushed Clamshell/Cloud tailpiece
• Chrome Golden Age tuning machines with aged white buttons
• Original Kluson Deluxe tuners included
• 4-pole P-90 pickup with adjustable poles
• 14” scale
• 1 3/16” nut width
• No case (used)

Our Price: $1895.00

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