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c.1970-4 Gibson ES-175D

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Serial #: 174966

Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Materials: Solid mahogany neck; solid rosewood fingerboard; arched slab-cut maple top, sides and back; dual-parallelogram mother of pearl fingerboard inlay and thistle peghead inlay; triple bound top, bound back.

Hardware: Original hardware includes Kluson Deluxe tuners; trapeze tailpiece with raised-parallelogram crossbar; compensated rosewood adjustable bridge; twin Pat. Sticker Gibson humbucking pickups and electronics; beveled 5-ply pickguard; 3 way control switch; black bonnet 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 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.

Gibson serial numbers are not precise for this era, but do indicate that this guitar left the factory sometime between 1970 and 1974. Built in the classic style with the solid mahogany neck, this guitar, at just 6lb 14oz, is both lighter and better balanced than the maple neck versions of the mid-70's, and carved without the less popular headstock volute of the later models as well.

Immaculately maintained, she's been kept in sparkling original condition for over four decades. Free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, the guitar shows brilliant plating, and 100% original finish, with just a few traces of light normal age checking. The top and back show light slab cut figure in the arched maple, and with excellent original medium jumbo frets, a gentle C profile neck, and a fresh high-precision setup, the fingerboard is utterly effortless to play.

The 24 3/4" scale is fast and nimble, the twin Pat. Sticker humbuckers are rich and sweet, and the 16" body is easy to cradle and nicely resistant to feedback. A handsome instrument in a distinguished lineage that spans a half century of hard-working guitars, and a true best buy in a vintage Gibson from the original Kalamazoo factory. 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.

Case: Original Gibson deluxe arched black hardshell case with plush lining.










































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