Gibson ES-175D – USA 1970s
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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.
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.
- 16 1/4" wide Archtop body, single cutaway maple body with no center block
- Triple bound top + single bound back
- 3-piece mahogany neck with small headstock and crown inlay
- 42.5mm Indian rosewood fretboard
- Pearloid Double Parallelogramm Inlays
- 20 frets
- 2x Volume, 2x Tone control, 1x 3-way toggle-switch
- Trapeze tailpiece
- Chrome Hardware
Built in Kalamazoo, Michigan, this handsome instrument is stamped with a 6-digit serial number on the headstock. A marvel of playability, the guitar features one of Gibson's most desirable necks, combining the generous full 1 11/16" width fingerboard with a slim, elegant C profile, sitting effortlessly in the hand.
With its stunning sunburst finish, the body is in very clean condition with the original nitro lacquer showing normal light checking, with very little player wear. There is a small nick on the upper bout side of the top but is barely noticeable.
There are no breaks, repairs or structural issues of any kind. There are some expected light marks on the pickguard but barely a blemish at all on the top. The back of the body is also very clean, with only the odd mark or small dent. There is no fingerboard wear visible, and the dark Brazilian rosewood board is a delight to play. Frets show very little wear with plenty of life remaining.
Comes in its original hard-shell case.