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1964 Gibson ES-175D

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Serial #: 247743, 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: All original hardware includes nickel zig-zag trapeze tailpiece; compensated Brazilian rosewood bridge; twin Gibson Patent sticker humbucking pickups and electronics; beveled 5-ply pickguard; 3 way control switch, gold reflector cap knobs; nickel Kluson style double ring tuners.

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.

This gleaming example has been maintained in wonderful original condition, and shows little in the way of playwear. Unlike most later 60's examples, the fingerboard is the full 1 11/16" width, with an easy gentle D neck profile that sits effortlessly in the hand. This guitar would also have been one of the last to be factory fitted with all nickel hardware, replaced in later models with bright chrome. The top and back show handsome slab cut figure in the arched maple, and with excellent professional medium jumbo frets under bright nickel roundwound strings, the fingerboard is utterly effortless to play.

Hardware and electronics are all original, and a bit of light scattered checking shows that the gleaming sunburst finish is 100% original as well. Apart from a pair of short, tight stress cracks at the jack, typical of the vintage, and some fogging on the plating, the guitar shows little use for an instrument of its vintage. The strap pin has ben movd long ago, and the older hole filled and tinted. The 24 3/4" scale is fast and nimble, the twin Pat sticker humbuckers are fat and sweet, and the 16" body is easy to cradle and substantially resistant to feedback.

Many feel that the combination of neck profile and tone of the early 60's ES-175 remains unmatched to this day. A particularly handsome example of Gibson's hardest-working jazz box. 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 worn black arched hardshell case with pink plush lining.






















































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