1954 Gibson EM-150 Electric Mandolin

I worked on this mandolin for its previous owner a couple years ago but wasn't lucky enough to take pictures or record a video. It came back in for sale sometime last year or the year before and my friend Mike grabbed it for use in our band. He played it most of last year at our gigs and then decided to switch back to acoustic mandolin instead (he's more familiar with it).

I'm a big fan of Gibson EM-150s, though, because they have that "Western Swing" vibe to their sound -- they're punchy as heck, mids-forward, and sound delicious when blended-into a band bristling with other electric instruments because they sit perfectly in "their zone." They also look the biz, too -- this one especially as it has some good figure to the maple on the back.

Anyhow, it's freshly-adjusted and setup and ready to roll. Mike replaced the (funky) old tuners that were on it with some new Kluson repros that work nicely. too, since it was last in.

Repairs included: a fret level/dress, replacement ebony adjustable bridge, replacement tuners, cleaning, setup, and whatnot.

  • Weight: 2 lbs 8 oz
  • Scale length: 13 7/8"
  • Nut width: 1 3/16"
  • Neck shape: medium C very soft V
  • Board radius: flat
  • Body width: 10"
  • Body depth: 1 3/4" + arching
  • Body wood: solid maple w/solid spruce top
  • Bridge: adjustable ebony
  • Fretboard: rosewood
  • Neck wood: mahogany
  • Pickups: 1x 4-pole original P90 pickup
  • Action height at 12th fret: 1/16” overall (fast, spot-on)
  • String gauges: 36w-10 stainless steel
  • Truss rod: adjustable
  • Neck relief: straight
  • Fret style: small/low

Condition notes: it's in good order and almost entirely original -- the bridge and tuners are the only replacement parts, though we also added strap buttons at the heel and endpin area. There's a little bit of scratching to the top near the bass-side wing of the bridge and weather check to the finish and mild usewear here and there throughout.

It comes with: its original hard case.

Consignor tag: ML