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1964 Gibson ES-175D

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Serial #: 231036, 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 zig-zag trapeze tailpiece; compensated nickel Tunematic bridge; twin Gibson Patent sticker humbucking pickups and electronics; beveled 5-ply pickguard; 3 way control switch, gold reflector cap knobs; vintage correct nickel Kluson Deluxe 16X1 double ring tuners installed, original tuners included in case.

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 example has been maintained in simply stunning original condition, free of cracks, pickwear, thumb or fingerboard wear. 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. The top and back show nice slab cut figure in the arched maple, and with excellent medium jumbo frets under bright nickel roundwound strings, the fingerboard is utterly effortless to play.

Hardware and electronics are all original, and a few strands of light scattered checking show that the gleaming sunburst finish is 100% original as well. 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. Babied since new, this guitar is a particularly handsome example of Gibson's hardest-working jazz box.

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 Gibson Lifton hardshell case with pink plush lining.






















































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