In this Vintage Guitar article Pat talks about buying his Gibson ES-150 When did you first play a Gibson Charlie Christian? In high school, there was a kid who had an ES-150. It’s a very particular sound and a great sound. We all love the sound of those Charlie Christian records. But there are some problems that come with it. It’s gonna buzz and hum, and the B string is too loud. A great guitar player here in New York is Miles Okazaki, and he turned me on to a box that Electro-Harmonix came out with called the Hum Debugger Hum Eliminator that completely defeats the hum issue without changing the sound. Works great. I had a gig in Nashville, and like everybody, when you’re in Nashville, you go to Gruhn’s. They had a 150, and a particular one just kicked my ass. I took it into this little practice room and played it for about two hours, but ended up not getting it. Then they sold it, so I was kicking myself. But as it happened, the guy brought it back and I wound up with it.more
Charlie Christian Guitar Gear HomeGuitar SetupCharlie Christian's Guitar Gear Charlie ChristianCharlie Christian was a key figure in the evolution of the jazz guitar. He brought the guitar out of its limited role as a time keeper doing "chop chop chop" in the rhythm section, and put it into the foreground as a solo instrument. The electric guitar and guitar amps played an important roll in this evolution. Before the era of the amplified guitar, the guitar could simply not be used as a solo instrument in the jazz bands of that time because its volume was too low. The only way a guitar could be heard was by playing chords and playing them hard. Electric guitars and amps changed all this and Charlie Christian was the first great solo guitar player with an amplified guitar... Guitar Gibson ES150 Charlie Christian played a Gibson ES150 guitar. The ES150 was the first electric guitar that had commercial success. ES: stands for Electric Spanish 150: the guitar cost $150, EH-150 amp and a 15-foot cable included. The Gibson ES150 was introduced in 1936 and was an enormous success in the jazz bands of that time because it produced enough volume to be heard. Kinds of wood used in the production of the Gibson ES150: Archtop: solid spruce Back and sides: solid maple Neck: mahogany Fretboard: rosewood The ES150 has a single-coil pickup in neck position that is known as the "Charlie Christian Pickup". Can Charlie Christian pickups still be found? The original Charlie Christian pickup is almost unobtainable, but there's a company in the UK that makes exact replicas of these pickups: www.ccpickups.co.uk The Charlie Christian pickup was also used by T-bone Walker, Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery. The ES150 didn't have a lot of sustain, had a bit of a muddy midrange tone and was prone to feedback when the amp was turned too loud, but this guitar was a revolution in its time. Other guitarists that played a Gibson ES150: Eddie Durham, Floyd Smith http://www.jazzguitar.be/charlie_christian_guitar_gear.htmlmore
Mary Osborne used an EH-150 or similar model to establish the “Electric Spanish” guitar as a format that was here to stay. Other makers such as Epiphone, Gretsch, Stromberg, and D’Angelico took up the flag, but Gibson was never really toppled as the classic jazz rig of choice. http://www.gibson.com/news-lifestyle/features/en-us/legendaryrigsclassicjazz.aspxmore
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