The most notable proponent of the ES-250 was the influential guitarist T-Bone Walker, who used it throughout the 1940s and early 1950s on many landmark electric blues recordings. It was also seen in the hands of Charlie Christian, Alvino Rey and Tony Mottola during the forties. The ES-250, case, cord and the matching EH-185 amplifier cost $250 in 1940. http://www.riffinteractive.com/lesson.aspx?dir=wolfmarshall/history-of-the-electric-guitar/es250_1more
In 1945, when he was gigging around the East Coast of the U.S. with pianist Dardanelle Hadley’s trio—and absorbing, in person at various New York City nightclubs, the bebop innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie that would deeply influence his playing style—Farlow bought his first of many Gibson guitars, a 1939 ES-250 with a chocolate brown/golden sunburst finish and one Charlie Christian–style bar pickup in the neck position. This was the guitar that Farlow would play on all the hallowed trio recordings he cut in 1950 and 1951 with Norvo and bassist Charles Mingus. But by the time that happened, the 250 had undergone significant alterations by Los Angeles luthier Milt Owen, at its owner’s request.more
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