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1957 Gibson ES-175

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Serial #: A-24984, orange oval label. FON# V7733-28

Finish: original sunburst finish, nitrocellulose type

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 crown peghead inlay; triple bound top, bound back.

Hardware: Original hardware includes single ring Kluson Deluxe tuners, P-90 single coil pickup, amber bonnet knobs, beveled 5 ply pickguard. Nickel Gibson T-bar tailpiece, vintage correct compensated adjustable rosewood bridge.

Notes: One pickup. Two knobs. The rest is up to you.

Introduced in 1948, 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 from Joe Pass to Pat Metheny. The legendary P-90 pickup provides a bright, rich tone unduplicated before or since, but was available on this model only until mid-1957, and this stunning example is from the last full year for this version. Lightweight and resonant, the 16" body sits easily in the lap, and the 24 3/4" scale makes stretch chords and fast runs a pleasure.

With a factory order number from 1956, this guitar was shipped in early '57, and would be one of the last built with the original P-90 pickup. At a mere 5lb. 14oz. the guitar is phenomenally light in weight, and exquisitely balanced in the lap or on the strap. Maintained in wonderful condition, the instrument is remarkably free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. The neck is gently rounded and plays effortlessly, with a gentle medium C profile, with smooth low action over a fresh high-precision setup, and the typical stress lines around the jack have been soundly resealed.

The tone is as rich and warm as the deep sunburst finish: clear and detailed in a way only the single coil pickup can deliver. All nestled in its with its original brown Gibson Lifton hardshell case. The last of the classic 175s, the model that invented modern jazz guitar. One only: 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 flat wound strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to56/64" at the 12th fret, with light relief. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original deluxe brown Gibson Lifton plush lined hardshell case.

























































































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