Gibson archtop and a P-90 pickup is probably the perfect combination, a partnership that set the bar for amplified guitar tone throughout much of the 50’s and remains so influential. Introduced in 1949 as a mid level archtop, the ES-175's all laminate construction meant that costs could be kept down and also is noteworthy for being the first Kalamazoo design to feature a Florentine cutaway. The two pickup D model indication was introduced in 1953 though some double pickup guitars were made in 1951 and 1952.
As you can see from the photos, the guitar itself is in good shape. The top, back and sides show some wear though the lacquer is still gorgeously glossy. There doesn't seem to be any structural damage though the lacquer has checked extensively.
The neck too is is heavily checked though there only a few dings.. The original frets show some signs of wear which is also the case with the fretboard. The rosewood bridge, pickguard and pickup covers are original and, like the rest of the guitar, in great shape. The pickguard is warped somewhat though this doesn't affect playability to much. The tailpiece is a later chrome example and there has been another style of tailpiece fitted at some stage as is evident by the additional holes and the plugging of the end pin. An additional strap button has been added at the heel. There are no breaks.
The electrics loo to be all correct. Worthy of note are the rounded edges of the pickup covers which were a feature of early 0-90’s from the 50’s
The guitar comes hardshell case
Tonally, this guitar is quite lively. As you’d expect, it’s loud acoustically, exhibiting a pleasing woody tone which comes across when amplified. Both pickups work well together and bring out the character of the guitar, taking you from a warm, rounded sound to something altogether more raucous. .
In our opinion, the finest incarnation of a classic 50’s ES-175D and an exceptional example. If you are looking an early, original double pickup 175 then this is a real good example.