A Gibson ES-175 from the Golden era with tons of tone that won't break the bank...
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We love an archtop here at ATB Guitars and the ES-175 from Gibson is certainly an iconic figure amongst the breed. As the demand for vintage parts grows stronger, these guitars and their lesser relatives fall foul of the craving, often ending up (as is the case here) as husks. Never ones to shy away from a project, we’ve resurrected this guitar to the condition you see here.
The guitar itself is structurally sound. There are no signs of any breaks or repairs though it has certainly seen its fair share of tribulations as the various dings and scratches attest. The colour is still vivid with a little fade to the lower bout at the front where as the back has remained fade free. The neck has various wear marks and the lacquer has cracked and chipped along its length. This does not affect the feel whilst playing. The headstock has quite a lot of wear in particular to the face and top though again, no structural damage has been sustained.
As previously stated, this guitar has been restored. This has been done using new parts whilst trying to retain the vintage aesthetic. The tailpiece is original but the rosewood bridge is a reproduction. The electronics (harness and pickups) have been put together by Bloodstone Pickups. The humbuckers have been wound to around 7.3k each, more in keeping with the originals. The CTS pots have been wired with correct braided wire and the tone capacitors are Sprague Orange drops. The knobs are aged reproductions. The tuners are Kluson style reproductions.
The guitar comes with an original 50’s Lifton 4 latch case
The appeal of this instrument is its worn in feel. It is a comfortable guitar to play that you wouldn’t have to be afraid of taking out to gigs. It has a typical late 59 type neck profile rather than the slimmer 1960 profile so it is a comfortable guitar to play. Acoustically the tone is bright and sprightly which is certainly what you’d look for in these guitars. Plugged in that tone is definitely translated. The pickups simply amplify the sound of the instrument without adding any unnceasssry artefacts or weighting the tone down too much. The controls interact very well.
We always strive for originallity when it comes to Vintage instruments but here is a guitar that shows us the merits of craftsmanship 60 years apart.
We are located in Cheltenham, the capital of the Cotswolds, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed and tried out through a variety of vintage amplifiers, by appointment only, at our brand new lounge/showroom. We despatch virtually anywhere in the world and we have enormous experience in hassle-free, safe shipping.
ATB Guitars (By appointment Only) 15 Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1HE United Kingdomn
Landline: 01242 697607
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