If imitation is the highest form of flattery, consider this guitar a valentine to the Gibson Guitar Company. In the early 70’s Ibanez set out to make high-precision replicas of Gibson’s top-end instruments. So successful were they that Gibson sued to stop production, which was subsequently halted under court order. Now known as ‘lawsuit’ models, these guitars have become legendary for their rarity, and their scrupulous faithfulness to the originals.
This guitar, model 2355, is virtually identical in dimensions, scale and bracing to its Gibson counterpart, the ES 175. The solid rosewood fingerboard is inlaid with pearl split block inlays and the body is endowed with a particularly handsome sunburst finish.
Three-piece solid maple neck with adjustable truss rod
Bookmatched arched laminated spruce top
Figured maple back and sides
Solid ebony fingerboard and compensated bridge
Mother of pearl block fingerboard and peghead inlays
Headstock and pickguard binding
Bound fingerboard, unbound f-holes
T-bar trapeze tailpiece
Adjustable compensated bridge on rosewood base
Twin humbucking pickups
3 way pickup selector and independent volume and tone controls
Bevelled 4-ply pickguard
Witch’s hat control knobs
Body size at lower bout: 17″
Scale length: 25″
Nut width: 1 11/16′
Weight: 7.3 lbs
A truly versatile guitar with a comfortable modern C neck profile, this model is an all-time favourite of working jazz/blues/rock/rockabilly guys, many of whom may prefer to leave their expensive originals at home. This handsome guitar has been well maintained and presents without cracks, pick wear, buckle wear, or fingerboard wear. It has a small dent about 3mm in diameter just above the trapeze, and a couple of dings on the top of the headstock, but they’re about the only blemishes we could find.
The hollow body construction yields a genuine woody response acoustically that translates beautifully into its electric tone. The Super 70 pickups have great tone across the board and provide classic humbucker sound with full and warm response highlighted here by a surprisingly nice top end with a good amount of definition. It has smooth low action over fine original fretwork, which is 95%.
If you’ve been searching for a 175 but can’t quite conjure up the big bucks, check out this guitar – it is one of the most faithful clones ever built.
We think that guitars like these were the reason Gibson’s legal department grew faster than any other division in the 70s.
Comes in its original hard case in good condition.