Gibson ES-175 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1961)

Gibson  ES-175 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1961)
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Gibson ES-175 Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1961), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 10206, natural lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown hard shell case.

This is a superb and very clean example of a single-pickup ES-175 from Gibson's finest era, nicely original with amazingly little wear. This guitar represents the design apex of Gibson's 16" electric Jazz guitar perennial, with one late "PAF" humbucker in the neck position. Over the years, many of these very fine instruments have been stripped of their PAF pickups, highly sought after for Les Paul re-creations. This single pickup guitar offers less material than its double pickup siblings so has happily escaped that fate.

This ES-175 features a sunburst finish laminated maple body with triple-bound top and single-bound back. The mahogany neck is topped with a single-bound rosewood fingerboard inset with pearloid double parallelogram inlays. This 1961 guitar has the flatter, slimmer neck profile common to early '60s Gibsons but has more depth than some, and feels very comfortable. The nickel-plated tailpiece is a special design used only on the ES-175 and the bridge is the standard rosewood adjustable style. The unbound headstock features a pearl Gibson logo and crown inlay, and carries Kluson Deluxe tuners with keystone buttons.

The serial number puts this guitar as shipped in early/mid 1961; this guitar has a very late 195's style factory order number stamped on the inside back, a practice discontinued soon after. An amazingly small total of only 160 single pickup ES-175's left Kalamazoo that year, and few will have survived as brilliantly as this one. The sound is the epitome of the "Classic Jazz" tone; the single pickup 175 is not as versatile as the double version, but many players in that genre prefer it to any other instrument for electric use. This 1961 example is just about as nice as we have ever had!
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This early '60s ES-175 is a fairly minimalist guitar with a maximum of grace and style. The finish shows hardly any checking and hardly any play wear, mostly just light handling marks. The headstock edges have some tiny chips and the body finish shows a few very superficial scratches; the back of the neck is extremely clean. All hardware is complete and original except the buttons on the original tuners are repros; the originals having mostly crumbled. The tailpiece has a small typical repair at the hinge (very common with this model) but is completely solid. The nickel plating shows some light tarnish overall. The original frets show some light wear but this remains an exceptionally fine-playing and sounding guitar, still housed in the original 1950s style brown HSC with the hangtags and PAF instruction sheet. Overall Excellent Condition.