The ES-175 debuted in 1949 as a mid-level laminated top alternative to the L-5 model and as an electric version of the L-4. It was also the first Gibson electric to feature a stylish Florentine cutaway. Its first incarnation had a single P-90 pickup in the neck position and a carved rosewood bridge. The model’s name is derived from its original selling price of US$175. In 1953, the ES-175D, a two-pickup model, was introduced. The ES-175 and ES-175D were available in sunburst, or in natural finish for an additional charge.
From its introduction, the Gibson ES-175 quickly became the most popular jazz guitar ever made. Fast, clean and road-ready, the 175 has been the workhorse of touring players and studio musos from Joe Pass to Pat Metheny and Steve Howe.
Body size at lower bout – 16″
Scale length – 24 3/4″
Nut Width – 1 11/16″
Solid mahogany neck
Arched laminated maple top and back
Dual-parallelogram mother of pearl fingerboard inlay
Crown headstock inlay
Triple bound top, single bound back
Twin humbucking pickups
Nickel Kluson style Gibson Deluxe single ring tuners
Bevelled 5 ply pickguard
Adjustable compensated ABR bridge on rosewood
3 way toggle switch
Black top hat control knobs
Weight is 7.4 lbs
This twin pickup ES-175 is compact and comfortable. The 16″ body is easy in the lap or when standing, and the 24 3/4″ scale makes stretch chords and fast runs a pleasure. The instrument is in wonderful shape, with no breaks or structural repairs. There are some expected light marks on the pickguard and a little buckle rash on the back, but overall this instrument is very clean. There is almost no fingerboard wear, and the dark rosewood fingerboard is a delight to play.
The twin humbuckers are clear and detailed, and do not suffer from perceived muddiness sometimes associated with pickups of this design. They have a lovely defined tone when played clean but also have a nice growl when played with a bit of crunch added from an amp.
The neck profile is a gentle C shape, with smooth low action over the fine original fretwork. The sunburst finish is quite beautiful and the lacquer is in great condition.
All in all a beautiful 1990 Gibson that is well suited for both traditional jazz as well as blues & rock.
Comes in its original Canadian made Gibson hard shell case, with inner shroud, in good condition.