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Electric arch-top guitar
(ES-150 model)
Gibson, Inc.
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1936

   The ES-150 was the first commercially successful electric guitar, with the exception of the Hawaiian lap steel instruments. Equipped with this cutting-edge model, jazz great Charlie Christian made history as the first prominent electric guitarist, trading riffs with clarinetist Benny Goodman in his popular big band.



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