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.
As you can see from the photos, the guitar itself is in fantastic shape. The top, back and sides show little if any signs of wear and the lacquer is gorgeously glossy. There is some slight damage around the jack socket that's been repaired in the past and covered with a large washer.
The neck too has a few knocks with some notable wear under the nut. This isn't damage, simply wear to the lacquer probably from a stand. The lacquer has retained that lush gloss finish. 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 are in great shape. There are no breaks.
The guitar comes with a correct brown Lifton, pink lined case, in great shape.
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 for one, you’ll struggle to find a nicer one…