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1980 Gibson ES-175CC

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Serial #: 80500026, stamped in headstock

Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .80-.94

Materials: Solid 3 piece maple 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 Gibson 'Charlie Christian' style single coil blade pickup, trapeze tailpiece with raised-parallelogram crossbar, Gibson Deluxe tuners, beveled 5-ply pickguard, black bonnet volume and tone knobs. Later adjustable rosewood bridge, with compensated ebony saddle.

Notes: Announced late in 1936, Gibson's groundbreaking ES-150 ("Electric Spanish') model was Gibson's first 6 string guitar to be fitted with a magnetic pickup, and almost instantly became the world's first commercially successful electric guitar. Quickly championed by pioneering jazz guitarist Charlie Christian, the innovative blade type single coil pickup of the 150 became indelibly identified with the artist, who almost single-handedly invented modern solo jazz guitar. With its massive bar magnet and smooth hornlike tone, the "Charlie Christian" pickup captivated an entire generation of formative jazz plectrists, including Barney Kessel, Jimmy Raney and legions of others.

Though produced sporadically by special order for a handful of custom guitars over the years, this legendary pickup was never formally reissued until the advent of this short lived model, the ES-175CC. Produced only between 1978 and '81, this rare retro model has become an instant collector's item for players looking for true prewar tone.

This handsome example sports handsome slab cut figure in the arched maple top and is free of cracks, pickwear, or fingerboard wear, with original finish and plating both bright and shiny. Apart from a few finish dings on the back, and a slight bend in the shaft of the G tuner, the instrument shows few signs of age otherwise. The fine original medium jumbo frets have a fresh high-precision setup, with a comfy D profile neck notably easy in the hand. The 24 3/4" scale is fast and nimble, the 16" body is easy to cradle and substantially resistant to feedback.

To optimize the acoustic response of the soundboard, an adjustable rosewood/ebony bridge of later vintage is installed as well. A modern classic, with the distinctive hornlike tone that made the electric guitar a solo instrument for the first time ever. One only: call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings. 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 black Gibson hardshell case with blue plush lining.





































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