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1957 Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster

1957 Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster
from Guitar Heroes magazine, November 1982
General Specs
Body: 17" Rounded single cutaway, plywood maple top
Finish: Brown Sunburst
Neck: Three piece neck with two pieces of maple and a thin layer of dark wood
Fingerboard: Pointed-end rosewood with 5-ply binding and large block fingerboard inlays
Frets: 20
Bridge: ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge (with no saddle retaining wire) on a rosewood base
Headstock: Single bound peghead, crown peghead inlay
Tuners: Single ring tulip tuner buttons, ribbed-back Kluson tuners
Hardware: Gold-plated
Pickguard: Laminiated beveled-edge
Pickups: (3) Humbuckers
Controls: (6) volume/tone knobs (separate volume and tone for each pickup), 4-way slotted switch on cutaway bout with a Telecaster style switch tip (labeled "1,2,3,ALL")
Years in use: Unknown
The 1957 Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster was seen in ca. January 1977 at Manticore Studios in Fulham, London, England for a photoshoot with Kate Simon.

It was also allegedly used in recording Death Wish II.


1957 Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster
Led Zeppelin, ca. January 1977, Manticore Studios, Fulham, London, England

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February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
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February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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