GIBSON ALVIN LEE (BIG RED) SIGNATURE MODEL

  • Gibson Alvin Lee "Big Red" signature model electric guitar

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2005

The Gibson Alvin Lee signature model is based on Lee's 1959 ES-335 "Big Red", with its replacement '60s block inlay slim taper neck and  extra single coil pickup in the center position. This guitar was immortalised on film when Alvin Lee played at Woodstock with Ten Years After and Gibson have reproduced it carefully including the stickers and faded cherry finish. The pickups on this guitar are two classic '57 humbuckers without covers (Alvin Lee took off the covers on the original to improve the tone) and a single coil Seymour Duncan. The hardware includes an ABR-1 bridge and TP-6 tailpiece - Lee swapped his original tailpiece for one of these TP-6 units with fine tuners as soon as they were introduced by Gibson.

This model was introduced around 2005 starting with a limited production run of 50 Custom Shop instruments (finished with red on the back of the neck) and then a full Gibson Custom Shop Signature model (with black finish and Gibson Custom Shop decal on the back of the neck). All of these seem to have an Alvin Lee signature on the back of the headstock.

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Controls

Controls materialblack controls
Number of control knobs5 control knobs
Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls3 volume controls

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelGibson 57 classic pickup(s), Seymour Duncan pickup(s)
Pickups configuration1 single coil and 2 humbucker pickups

General

Finish colorsred finish
Finish effectstransparent finish
Graphicsstickers
Made inUSA
Bindingbody binding, neck binding
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length

Body

Body back materiallaminated maple body back
Body sides materiallaminated maple body sides
Body styleES-335 style
Body top materiallaminated maple body top
Hollow bodysemi-hollow body
Pickguard materialblack pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes

Hardware

BridgeABR-1 bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
TailpieceTP-6 tailpiece

Fretboard

Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers

Neck

Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets22 fret
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

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