Home / Instruments /Accessories / Ordering / Tips / Friends



1968 Gibson ES-175D

Status: For pricing and hold status for this instrument, please check our Instruments page here. If this instrument does not appear on the Instruments page it has been sold, and is no longer available. Photos and descriptions of Previously Sold instruments may by found here. To be notified of examples of this or any other model in the future, please contact [email protected].

Serial #: 524130, stamped in headstock

Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 18/32" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .75/.91

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 and neck.

Hardware: All original hardware includes Gibson Patent # humbucking pickups, Kluson Deluxe double ring, double line tuners, 'Zig-Zag' trapeze tailpiece, beveled 5-ply pickguard, compensated adjustable rosewood bridge. Gold reflector cap knobs installed, original black bonnet knobs 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 model debuted in 1951, and the 175 was Gibson's first guitar to be fitted with the humbucking pickup in 1957. A true classic, the ES-175 remained in the Gibson catalog continuously for almost seven decades, until it was unexpectedly discontinued in 2019.

At barely a tenth of total production, blonde finish examples are rare and particularly desirable. One of just 45 twin pickup ES-175s from this model year, this striking guitar has been preserved in sparkling original condition, free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and showing only a few light traces of scattered checking in its warmly ambered natural blonde finish.

The top and back show fine slab cut figure in the arched maple, and this lightweight example weighs in at just 6 lb 2 oz, beautifully balanced in the lap or on the strap. The 24 3/4" scale is fast and nimble, the original Pat # humbuckers are rich and sweet, and the 16" body is easy to cradle and substantially resistant to feedback. With smooth low action over fine pro fretwork, and a fresh high precision setup, the guitar plays effortlessly with a notably slim, elegant neck profile.

Cradled in its fine original black Gibson hardshell case, this guitar is ideal for the player looking for true classic tone, without having to grapple with a bulky vintage neck. The best of both worlds, in eye-popping condition, and the quintessential working jazz box, complete with its original deluxe black arched Gibson hardshell case. True 60's quality, at a modern price. 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.



































Home / Instruments /Accessories / Ordering / Tips / Friends