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Floral pattern on ES295's pick board What's the origin of the design?

#1 User is offline   Tijs Kong 

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 02:55 PM

Hi all,

I've been wandering and searching the internet for information about the origin and/or designer of the floral pattern on the Gibson ES295 pick board.
So far without any result. Does anyone know more about this?

Cheers,

Tijs
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Posted 01 November 2016 - 02:47 PM

The correct term is "pickguard", not pick board.

I just did a bit of searching, and so far the only interesting thing I found is that the same floral design was previously (or simultaneously?) used on certain models of Gibson lap steel guitars. The "Ultratone", and possibly the "Century" models, circa 1950-55. I suppose that you may want to try to follow that path of research (history of Gibson lap steels).

Gibson Ultratone, circa 1953:
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Posted 02 November 2016 - 10:04 AM

It looks a bit like a hops vine.
Thanks John
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Posted 02 November 2016 - 04:47 PM

Doesn't quite answer the question, but I found this interesting comment on the Mandolin Brothers website:

"The famous story, perhaps apocryphal, surrounding this model that Les Paul, following the debut of the all-gold solid body electric that bears his name, was visiting a guitar-playing friend in the hospital and thought ďI know! Iíll have Gibson make a special prototype ES-175 with twin white soap bar pickups, in all gold finish, with a flowered pickguard, and Iíll give it to my friend to cheer him up!Ē He told Gibson to rush it, and Gibson, as a result of Mr. Paulís urging, made up what is now called the ES-295."
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