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1952 Gibson ES-175
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Serial #: A-11960 white oval label.
Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Materials: Solid mahogany neck; solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard; arched maple top and back; dual-parallelogram mother of pearl fingerboard inlay and thistle peghead inlay; triple bound top, bound back.
Hardware: 100% original hardware includes Gibson P-90 single coil pickup, beveled b/w/b/w/b pickguard, compensated Brazilian rosewood bridge, nickel Kluson Deluxe tuners, nickel trapeze tailpiece with raised-parallelogram crossbar; gold tall numbered barrel tone and volume knobs.
Notes: One pickup. Two knobs. The rest is up to you.
Introduced in 1949, 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 the touring player and studio ace ever since, from Joe Pass to Pat Metheny. The legendary P-90 pickup of the early 50's provides a bright, rich sound unduplicated before or since, but was available on this model only until 1957. And since 1971, Gibson has not produced the 175 in the classic one-pickup configuration shown here as a regular model.
This example is elegance itself, with a gleaming formal dark sunburst, amber barrel knobs and tuner buttons, and rich Brazilian fingerboard and bridge. A wonderfully lightweight example, this guitar tips the scale at a mere 5 lb 6 oz. The resonant 16" body sits easily in the lap, and the 24 3/4" scale is a joy to play, with fine original frets and smooth low action.
The instrument is in stunning condition, with all original dark Cremona sunburst finish, without pick, buckle, or fingerboard wear, and just a small patch of lacquer wear on the back of the neck. The finish shows only the few typical superficial cracks and nicks near the jack, and all hardware is factory original, including the deluxe brown Gibson arched hardshell case. The original P-90 pickup is clear and strong, with characteristic detail and presence, and the instrument is particularly well balanced and resonant.
An exceptionally handsome example of the box that launched a thousand solos. Call now.
Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.
This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel wound 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: Original deluxe brown Gibson arched hardshell case.