This is a 1952 ES-175N in rarer Natural finish. The neck is mahogany and is quite straight with some cracking in the binding. With decades of playing, the neck lacquer has worn away a good deal, giving this jazz box that smooth neck feel we all love. The frets have a good amount of wear as well, but they still have life left and they play easy enough. The sound from the single P-90 is nice and mellow, and the acoustic sound is very open and well aged.This piece retains its original Kluson tuners but is unfortunately missing its pickguard and had its original tailpiece replaced. There are also two drilled holes in the heel, likely for an improvised strap. In addition to these issues, this guitar has also picked up plenty of bumps and dings, and has also developed some checking in its long life. But thankfully, it is wholly structurally sound! If you're a jazz player looking for a rich, vintage sound, don't pass up this beauty. Ships in a vintage Gretsch tweed case.
A Brief History from out Tech Writer
The ES-175 is a true classic in the Gibson line-up; having been the weapon of choice for jazz and rock legends alike, this guitar has helped produce some truly monumental records over the years. First produced in 1949, the model was meant to be a mid-level archtop offering and a more affordable alternative to the L-5. The model began with one P-90 in the neck, and eventually had two P-90s, and finally, one or two PAFs beginning in 1957. It was originally offered with a sunburst finish, with the now rarer natural finish being available on request. The model was embraced by jazz artists, most notably Pat Metheny, and by rock artists like Yes’ Steve Howe. The model received some unwelcome changes in the ‘70s (most notably a thinner body with the ES-175T), but the ES-175D still lives on today in its original form.Weight: 4 lbs. 15 oz.
6.9/10 (Good Condition) 1952 Made in the USA
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