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1961 Gibson ES-175D

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Serial #: 17949, orange oval label

Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .80/.87

Materials: Solid Honduras mahogany neck; solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard; birdseye maple top and back; dual-parallelogram mother of pearl fingerboard inlay and thistle peghead inlay; triple bound top, bound fingerboard and back.

Hardware: Original hardware includes nickel zig-zag trapeze tailpiece, Brazilian rosewood bridge saddle with newer base, original wiring harness, pots and shielding cans. Vintage correct hardware includes Lollar Low Wind Imperial humbucking pickups, Kluson Deluxe tuners, beveled pickguard, 3 way control switch with aged cream tip, gold reflector cap 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 guitar to be fitted with the humbucking pickup in 1957.

Built in mid-1961, this handsome instrument is stamped with an early 5 digit serial number on the headstock and the original orange oval label. A marvel of playability, the guitar features one of Gibson's most desirable necks, combining the generous full 1 11/16" width fingerboard with a slim, elegant D profile, sitting effortlessly in the hand. With its all-original wide sunburst finish, the body is free of pick, thumb, buckle or fingerboard wear. The original nitro lacquer shows normal light checking, with a few finish flakes near the rim by the bass soundhole, and a short hairline crack in the bass side soundly cleated and resealed. Even the jack area is happily free from the typical stress cracks so often seen on examples of this vintage.

At a mere 5lb. 13oz. the guitar is exceptionally light in weight, and deftly balanced on the lap or the strap. The top and back show attractive birdseye figure under the warmly ambered wide burst finish. The 24 3/4" scale is fast and nimble, the feedback resistant 16" body is easy to cradle, and the tone is sweet, rich and versatile for a wide variety of styles. The Lollar Low Wind Imperial humbuckers are fitted with Alnico 2 and 5 magnets in the neck and bridge position respectively, for exceptional clarity and definition across the tonal range.

All this in its original Stone 'California Girl' brown plush lined hardshell case. A classic example of Gibson's hardest-working jazz box, from its most sought after era, at a price for the working player. 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 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.






















































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