GIBSON ES JAZZMASTER.
Special Customer Order designed and built by Dan Torres.
guitar was the brain-child of West Coast blues guitarist Ted
bought this ES Artist as a fully functioning guitar and sent
it to Dan Torres in California for a complete re-design of
It was created to
satisfy every requirement of a modern Jazz/ Blues
guitarist. Ted told me he wanted the feel of an
ES with the capabilities of a PRS.
it his now revered Torres Hot humbuckers, and incorporated a
coil tap, series/parallel, phase switching and his newly
created "Jazz Switch".
why I bought it - I had to have a guitars with a Jazz
Switch! It adds an RF filter to the output jack and
attenuates the output for mellower tone. The effect is
quite subtle at low volumes but grows at higher volumes.
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!
a serious jazz/blues guitar. It screams, it wails, it
cries Ė and those hot Torres humbuckers are hotter than
matter to me and this one is one of the best I have
played. It feels just right. This guitar has had very
little play time and the fingerboard looks and feels like
new as does the whole guitar.
to play it also is stunning to look at. It has a heavily
flamed 335-style body without f-holes, a magnificent flame
maple neck with 7-layer body binding and ES Artist inlayed
headstock. Apart from the electrics it is all original,
with original speed crank machine heads and original
case. This instrument is in superb condition - absolute
top of the 335 line.
guitar are two Torres hand-wound hot PAF humbuckers and a
custom wiring harness designed by Dan Torres, incorporating
: Volume pot push-pull for coil tap; Tone pot;
Series/parallel switch; phase switch; Jazz on/off switch
adds a RF filter to the output jack and attenuates the
output for mellower tone when on, or leave off for full
power of the pickups.
special edition 335 is excellent for all music styles.
Very versatile and very well built. Made with all
American, top-shelf parts.
The overall guitar is a delight to look at and a really
jazzy/bluesy instrument to play - very stylish.
It is in outstanding condition and is complete with its original
acquired this guitar directly from Ted Gay who commissioned
it and this is the first time it has been offered for sale.
host guitar for this Special was a 1980 ES ARTIST stamped
SECOND on the headstock. In the UK the term Second denotes
a defect but Gibson used this device to offer "end of run"
guitars to dealers at
assure you that there are absolutely no issues with this
guitar either structural or cosmetic.
on record that the ES Artist model quickly became obsolete
with the advent of pedals. When there was nothing the
Artist could do that wasnít more cheaply and effectively
done by stomp boxes, Gibson stamped the last 15 or so ES
Artists as Seconds in order to move them out to dealers at
an attractive price.
one of those guitars and perfectly suited to becoming a