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 Gibson humbucking pickups – PAF reissues
Nickel Kluson style Gibson Deluxe single ring tuners
Beveled 5 ply pickguard
Adjustable compensated ABR bridge on rosewood
3 way toggle switch
Black top hat control knobs
Weight is 7.1 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 very light marks on the pickguard and some minor fret wear. Apart from that there is very little player wear on this guitar. Top & sides are clean, no buckle rash on the back, no fingerboard wear and the dark rosewood board is a delight to play.
The twin humbucking pickups 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 Wine Red finish is quite beautiful and the lacquer is in great condition.
All in all a beautiful 2006 Gibson that is well suited for both traditional jazz as well as blues & rock.
Comes in its original Gibson hard case in excellent condition.