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NO RESERVE. Technically, the EH-150 was Gibson’s first production model electric guitar, although it is a lap steel and not a Spanish-style guitar like the ES-150 that quickly followed on its heels by mid 1936. The EH-150 was sold in a package along with an amp also known as the EH-150 for $150. Electric guitar pioneer Alvino Rey endorsed the model for Gibson, helping establish its popularity.


This 1938 EH-150 features the distinctively shaped “Charlie Christian” single-coil pickup, which earned its nickname from the pickup seen on the ES-150 guitar famously photographed in jazz guitarist Charlie Christian’s hands. However, the pickup was actually designed by Walter Fuller. The flamed curly maple top on this example is particularly stunning.

Serial number: 408-1
Top: Curly maple, sunburst finish
Body/neck: Maple
Fretboard: Rosewood
Bridge: Nickel-plated
Tuners: Grover G-98 with metal buttons
Other: “Charlie Christian” single-coil pickup, master volume and tone controls

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$1,000.00

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1938 Gibson EH-150 Lap Steel

Auction ended on Wed, Apr 2, 2014
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Estimate $4,000 - $5,000
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