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1958 Gibson ES-175N

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Serial #: A-27067, orange 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 slab-cut figured maple top, sides and back; dual-parallelogram mother of pearl fingerboard inlay and thistle peghead inlay; triple bound top, bound back.

Hardware: Original hardware includes Gibson Patent Applied For humbucking pickup and electronics; 'zig-zag' trapeze tailpiece; compensated adjustable Brazilian rosewood adjustable bridge; beveled 5-ply pickguard; gold bell knobs. Vintage correct aged nickel Kluson Deluxe tuners.

Notes: Since its introduction in 1949, the Gibson ES-175 has been the most popular jazz guitar in the world. Played by luminaries from Joe Pass to Pat Metheny, the ES-175 became Gibson's first guitar to be fitted with the 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.

The original single pickup version of the model is beloved by jazz performers, and this rare example in blonde finish is one of only 66 made in its model year. At a mere 5lb 15oz, it is pounds lighter than modern versions, and floats easily on the lap or the strap. Carefully maintained, the instrument is free of cracks, pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear.

The fingerboard is the full 1 11/16" width, with the solid, gently rounded neck profile so desirable in instruments of the late 1950's. Action is smooth and low, with a fresh high-precision setup over fine pro fretwork in excellent condition. The top and back show handsome slab cut figure in the arched maple body, and the finish was professionally replaced some years ago, with true vintage style nitrocellulose lacquer. A pair of small screw holes in the upper bass side were filled at that time, and a set of vintage correct aged nickel Kluson Deluxe tuners restored to the peghead as well.

The original PAF pickup reads 7.82K, and is incomparably rich and warm. The 24 3/4" scale is fast and nimble, and the 16" body is easy to cradle and substantially resistant to feedback. Nestled in its original Gibson brown hardshell case, this classic instrument is a great player, and a particularly handsome example of the guitar that defined jazz in the 1950's and beyond. One only: call now.

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: Original brown arched Gibson hardshell case.






















































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