Herb Ellis playd a 1953 Gibson ES-175 single pickup 2nd source reference:... more
Herb Ellis playd a 1953 Gibson ES-175 single pickup
2nd source reference: The ES-165 wikipedia page also references Herb's 1953 ES-175 single p/u
VG: What type of amplifier were you using? HE: For studio work, I had a Fe... more
VG: What type of amplifier were you using?
HE: For studio work, I had a Fender. But I like Polytones much better for my jazz work.
VG: Tell us more about the Polytones.
HE: In my circles, it is well know. It’s been around for a long time. George Benson, Ray Brown, Joe Pass; most of the top jazz players play Polytone. Most of the amplifiers are made with rock in mind, they are way too heavy on the bass end, and much too thin at the top. The Polytones are more well-rounded. The bass isn’t too heavy and the top still has some roundness to it. It’s just perfect for jazz.
VG: Is it a tube amp?
HE: The first ones were, but they’ve gone to transistors. They say there’s a difference but I’ve never noticed it.