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2016 Gibson ES-175D 1959 VOS Reissue
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Serial #: A-08895, orange oval label
Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .91/1.00
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 Gibson MHS 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 double pickup version was introduced in 1953, and this model was Gibson's first instrument to be fitted with the PAF humbucking pickup in 1957. Since its inception over half a century ago, the classic ES-175 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 175, matched to original specs of the classic 1959 design. Designated ES-175 VOS (Vintage Original Spec), the model has aged nickel hardware throughout, including the pickup cover, wriggle tailpiece, Kluson Deluxe single ring tulip key tuners, wide bevel 5-ply guard, and gold bell knobs, all as used in the late 50's. The Gibson MHS humbucking pickups are more lightly wound in the traditional style (4900/5100 winds per coil) for a more open, airy tone.
The fingerboard is the full 1 11/16" width, with the classic full 'C' neck profile that feels just right in the hand, with smooth low action over a fresh high precision setup. 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 to complete the vintage appearance. With vintage style slim tall fretwork, the fingerboard is utterly effortless to play, and the tone is pure bop heaven, warmly enhanced by the solid rosewood bridge, a most welcome touch.
Well maintained, this handsome example is 100% original, and comes complete with its original Certificate of Authenticity. The instrument is free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and apart from a few scattered finish nicks, shows few signs of play altogether. It's Gibson's finest 175 in over half a century, and we are delighted to present this outstanding example, one of most popular offerings in recent years. These don't last: one only, call now.
Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel flatwound strings. The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" 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: Original deluxe brown 'California Girl' Gibson arched hardshell case with pink plush lining.