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c.1969 Gibson ES-175DN
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Serial #: 600659, 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 fingerboard inlay and thistle peghead inlay; triple bound top, bound back.
Hardware: All original hardware includes twin Gibson Patent # humbucking pickups and electronics; Kluson Deluxe double ring tuners; zig-zag trapeze tailpiece; compensated Tunematic adjustable bridge; beveled 5-ply pickguard; 3 way control switch, original black bonnet knobs in case, extra set of gold bell knobs installed.
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 played for almost four decades by a longtime Northwest professional, who has maintained the instrument in wonderful condition. Though Gibson's serial number system could place this instrument as early as 1966, details suggest to us a probable manufacture date sometime around 1969. If so, it's one of just 110 blondes from its model year, barely a sixth of sunburst production. The body is free of cracks, pickwear, or fingerboard wear, and shows a gorgeous deeply ambered original natural finish, with just a bit of scattered normal checking. Happily, unlike many later 60's examples, the fingerboard is the full 1 11/16" width, with a wonderfully comfy neck profile that sits effortlessly in the hand. The top and back show handsome slab cut figure in the arched maple, the finish shows a bit of wear in the cutaway and a few nicks on the side, and the solid mahogany neck has been burnished to a smooth matte feel for its entire length.
With excellent recent medium jumbo frets under bright nickel roundwound strings, the guitar simply sings, with a smooth, detailed voice. The 24 3/4" scale is fast and nimble, the twin Pat Sticker humbuckers are deep and clear, and the 16" body is easy to cradle and substantially resistant to feedback. Blonde and beautiful, this lustrous guitar is one of the final classics from Gibson's glory years. 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 Gibson arched black hardshell case with plush lining.
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