There's no feeling quite like having a real vintage 50's Gibson in your hands. The craftsmanship and quality of materials are immediately apparent. This ES-175 is a product of love as much as commerce and it is still going strong more than sixty years after leaving the factory.
Not only are the late 50s the last hurrah of the good-wood era but it's also the time when the electric guitar arrived in full focus, with the same features and specs that have become standards today. Adjustable truss rods. Nice full sized necks that by today's standards are big, but were a joy to play compared to the true tree-trunks that were common on instruments of the 40s. The P-90 pickup was arguably the first electric guitar pickup that could really do it all. Still as popular today as when they debuted in 1946.
Sixty years of honest labor also means sixty years of up-keep to keep it at its best. The most obvious change is the added bridge pickup. As much as anyone can like a single pickup guitar, having both options really makes a big difference. They are modern set of Seymour Duncans, the original boutique pickup winder. A new wiring harness was needed to hook it all up. It has a nice set of Grover tuners so tuning is smooth and solid. Finally, a recent pro re-fret means that it plays as good as it ever did, perhaps better. It's an addictive guitar and the playability is the main seductress.
The blonde/natural finish is a just about as beautiful as they come and quite rare compared to all the sunburst examples floating around. The split parallelogram inlays are a classy touch. The tapered headstocks of the era are another example of the craftsmanship that has sadly gone by the wayside over the years.
As you can see there is paint wear throughout the piece, but no breaks or cracks or repairs of that nature.
Please contact us with any questions, we welcome any chance to discuss this amazing old Gibson.