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1959 Gibson ES-175DN

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Serial #: A-29780, orange oval label. Factory Order #: S8798-2

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 nickel Kluson Deluxe single line single ring tuners, compensated Brazilian rosewood adjustable bridge, beveled 5-ply pickguard with bracket, Gibson Patent Applied For humbucking bridge pickup. Gibson Pat. # neck pickup, Gibson zig-zag trapeze tailpiece; 3 way control switch, gold bell knobs.

Notes: Since its introduction in 1949, the Gibson ES-175 has been the most popular jazz guitar in the world. The twin pickup ES-175D debuted in 1951, and the model became Gibson's first model 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.

According to its factory order number, this guitar was built in 1959, and the serial number on the label indicates that the guitar was shipped the same year. as well. One of only 129 blonde examples (about a third the number of sunbursts) this outstanding guitar embodies the most sought after features of the ES-175: the natural finish, the twin humbucking pickups, and the generous 1 11/16" fingerboard.

The guitar has been maintained in wonderful condition, including all original natural finish, without pick, thumb or buckle wear. With only a few random lacquer nicks on the neck, the warmly ambered blonde finish highlights the slab-cut maple back to great advantage, with just enough normal checking to confirm its originality. Originally shipped with a Bigsby tailpiece, the guitar now has a genuine 50's vintage Gibson nickel wriggle tailpiece installed. The strap button was moved from the top of the heel to the heelcap, and the original Kluson Deluxe single ring tuners have recent vintage correct, hand antiqued tulip buttons installed.

The twin humbucking pickups (one PAF, one Pat.#) are incomparably warm and rich, with original nickel covers, and measure 7.49K at the neck and 8.79K at the bridge. At just 6lb. 13oz. the guitar is notably well balanced, and substantially lighter than contemporary reissues. The neck profile is a comfy gentle medium C, neither clubby nor skinny, with the generous full dimension 1 11/16" fingerboard, playing effortlessly with smooth low action, and a fresh high precision setup over fine pro fretwork. The 24 3/4" scale is fast and nimble, the feedback resistant 16" body is easy to cradle, and the tone is as sweet and rich as butterscotch itself.

In gleaming condition, the ultimate example of Gibson's hardest-working jazz box. The rarest of birds: 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: Custom Cedar Creek brown 'California Girl' hardshell case with pink plush lining and coverlet.






















































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