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  #043  Gibson ES JAZZ MASTER CUSTOM by Dan Torres.

Only a handful of ES Artists were made and this one is from '79/80.    As stomp boxes began to outperform the capabilities of the onboard MOOG electronics on Gibson's Artist models , many ES ARTISTS have been upgraded or modified.

This instrument is entirely different  -  it is the vision of Ted Gay,  a blues guitarist on the US West Coast who wanted to design his ultimate jazz guitar:

Ted bought this ES Artist as a fully functioning guitar and sent it to Dan Torres in California for a complete re-design of the electrics.  

Dan gave it his now revered Torres Hot humbuckers, and incorporated a coil tap, series/parallel, phase reverse and his newly created "Jazz Switch".   This adds an RF filter to the output jack and attenuates the output for mellower tone.      I love the idea of a Jazz Switch and it works.    It is subtle but it is really there.    So Ted finished up with an archtop that was pretty feedback-proof (no f-holes)  with mighty power and all the wiring options that would give him every jazz colour he needed.   From Herb Ellis to John Schofield all in one guitar!

As a result,  the ES JAZZ MASTER CUSTOM is unique!!   



I really love this guitar and immediately sent it to Martyn Booth for a fret -dress.    As a result it plays superbly.

The Vintage Sunburst nitro is all original and still brilliant in colour with a deep lustrous finish all over.     Choice woods have been used for this guitar the colour of the neck and headstock are amazing  -  it looks almost like tortoiseshell.    The finished has aged yellow on the binding and the inlays on the headstock are really stunning.    No weather checking or marks at all.    Overall the guitar looks stunning.     Unlike most Gibsons of this age, the gold is in very good shape and the pickups are like new.

The electronics are a masterpiece.    Feedback is not an issue with this model -  good thing because those pickups are hot  -  really hot!




  • 5 piece laminated Maple neck
  • Bound ebony fingerboard with offset dot markers
  • 22 nickel silver low profile frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • Brass Nut
  • Gold Plated Schaller enclosed Tuners with original speed winders
  • Ornate ES Mother of Pearl logo on the headstock
  • Arched, highly figured Maple top, with Maple back and sides with multiple binding
  • Tune-o-matic bridge on "sound sisters"
  • Exclusive Gibson TP-6 fine tuning tailpiece
  • All hardware gold plated
  • 2 x Torres handwound Hot PAF humbuckers and a custom wiring harness designed by Dan Torres:

    Volume 1.   Neck p/u  plus push-pull for coil tap;

    Volume 2.   Bridge p/u


    Pickup Selector

    Toggle 1:  Series/parallel

    Toggle 2:  In phase/out of phase

    Toggle 3:  Jazz  on/off switch.  ON adds a RF filter to the output jack and attenuates the output for mellower tone,  OFF gives full power through both pickups


Original plush ES Artist case  -  strong and in good condition.




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