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2012 Gibson ES-175D 1959 VOS Reissue
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Serial #: A-05280, orange oval label
Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Materials: Solid mahogany neck; solid rosewood fingerboard; arched slab-cut figured maple top, sides and back; dual-parallelogram fingerboard inlay and thistle peghead inlay; triple bound top, bound back.
Hardware: Original specification vintage antiqued nickel hardware includes twin Gibson '57 Classic humbucking pickups and electronics; zig-zag trapeze tailpiece; Kluson Deluxe single ring tuners; rosewood compensated adjustable bridge; wide beveled 5-ply pickguard; gold bell knobs; 2-ply truss rod cover.
Notes: Gibson finally got it right. It only took them half a century.
Since its introduction in 1949, the Gibson ES-175 has been the most popular jazz guitar in the world. The twin pickup version made its debut in 1951, and was Gibson's first model to be fitted with humbucking pickups, in 1957. Since its inception over half a century ago, the ES-175D has remained in the Gibson catalog continuously to this day.
Responding to demand from traditional players, Gibson has released a small number of faithful reissues of the twin pickup 175, matched to original specs of the classic 1959 design. Designated ES-175 VOS (Vintage Original Spec), the model has antiqued nickel hardware throughout, including twin '57 Classic humbucking pickups, wriggle tailpiece and Kluson Deluxe single ring tulip key tuners, all as used in the late 50's.
The fingerboard is the full 1 11/16" width, with the classic full 'C' neck profile that feels just right in the hand. The top and back show fine slab cut figure in the arched maple, and the true nitro lacquer finish is given a light patina of age, and a bit of antiquing, to complete the vintage appearance. With vintage correct slim fretwork, the fingerboard is utterly effortless to play, and at just 6 lb 5oz, the VOS is the lightest ES-175D Gibson has produced since the 50's. Tone is smooth and versatile, with spot-on intonation via the vintage correct Tune-o-matic bridge.
It's Gibson's finest 175 in over half a century, and we are delighted to present this outstanding example, complete with Certificate of Authenticity. One only: don't wait.
Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.
Case: Deluxe black Gibson fitted hardshell case with plush lining.