Who needs PAFs when you have tone like this....
Bit of a bargain 1960 Gibson ES-175 TD with that lovely worn in feel. You just have to read on.
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 some fade on the front, more evident along the lower bout. 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 shows signs of some wear in particular to the face and top though again, no structural damage has been sustained.
The fretboard is in good shape as are the frets which have plenty of life left in them.
As is all too common with these guitars, they are often harvested for parts. In particular the pickups are usually missing as are the other electrical component as they’ve reached legendary status in their own right. In the case of this guitar we have a pair of OX 4 pickups which in of themselves have gained a status for being some of the most accurate PAF replicas on the market. The pots seem to be correct though there is some soldering joints that have been re-heated. The switch also looks to be newer with a white switch tip.
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 1960 profile neck which is slimmer than the 50’s profiles but not too slim. This makes it quite 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.
If you’re looking for a gigging arch top then look no further. Comfortable feel and excellent tone, what more could you need?
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 Kingdom
Landline: 01242 697607
Mobile: 07842 001007
Overseas: +44 (0)1242 697607