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This was among Gibson’s first thinline semi-acoustic guitars in 1955.
It was a shorter-scale 23.5-inch L5-CES, with the body slimmed from 3 3/8 inches to a more manageable 2 1/4. Guitarists Billy Byrd and Hank Garland account for the model name.
This guitar also spawned the less expensive but also fully hollowbody thinline ES-350T model in the same year. It was immortalised by Chuck Berry, even though he’s now primarily associated with his red ES-355.