A killer 1964 Gibson ES-175 for all those perpetual changes…
Introduced in 1949 as a mid level archtop, the ES-175's all laminate construction meant that costs could be kept down. It was also the first Kalamazoo design to feature a Florentine cutaway. Available initially with a single pickup, the double pickup ‘D’ incarnation was introduced officially in 1953. In 1957 it was fitted with a pair of Gibson's new humbucking pickups.
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. The finish has faded somewhat but this doesn’t detract fork the overall look of the guitar.
The neck too is in stunning condition with some checking and a few minor marks.The fretboard is in good condition and has been refretted. These frets have plenty of life left in them. The headstock shows a few marks as expected but no sign of any changes of tuners. There is no sign of any breaks or repairs.
The pickguard and pickup covers are original and are in great shape. The bridge is a later chrome example. The guitar has been refretted but it is a nice job.There is also a repaired side crack on the upper bout (see pics).
Electrically everything is correct, fitted with a pair of Patent Number pickups
The guitar comes with later Gibson 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. .
Classic 1964 neck profile, patent number pickups and Golden Era Gibson construction, what more do you need?