Gibson ES-175DN Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1962)

Gibson  ES-175DN Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1962)
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Gibson ES-175DN Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1962), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 89335, natural lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This is a superb example of a double-pickup ES-175D from Gibson's finest era, completely 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 bridge position and one of the first "Patent #" humbucking pickups in the neck position. These are controlled by the four knob/one switch wiring rig that has become the classic Gibson electric layout. Over the years, many of these very fine instruments have been stripped of their electronics, which are mostly sought after for Les Paul re-creations; an unaltered example is fairly rare.

This guitar features a natural 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 guitar has the flatter neck profile common to early '60s Gibsons but has more depth than some earlier examples, 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 "single line" keystone buttons.

The serial number puts this guitar as shipped in 1962; in the case is a time-purchase receipt from the Wurlitzer store in Buffalo, New York indicating the customer order was requested in August 1961. The customer traded in a 1946 Martin (for $75!) and 433; he was then committed to paying $13 a month for 24 months for his new ES-175DN, which must have taken some months to arrive! An amazingly small total of only 68 double pickup natural finish 175's left Kalamazoo that year, and few will have survived as brilliantly as this one. The instrument is completely original with no alterations and shows only some light wear, still housed in the original yellow-lined black HSC.
 
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 is one of the nicest early '60s ES-175s we have ever seen; a blonde beauty with the maximum of grace and style. The finish shows some light checking but only minimal play wear. The headstock edges have some small chips and the body finish shows a few small dings; the back of the neck is extremely clean. All hardware is complete and original; the nickel plating on the bass pickup shows some tarnish on the treble side. The frets and fingerboard show only minimal wear and this is an exceptionally fine-playing and sounding guitar. The original HSC is included, in fine shape overall but with a replaced handle. Excellent + Condition.