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My Gibson ES-175
« on: March 21, 2007, 11:03:51 AM »
This is my Gibson ES-175.
I used to be in a YES cover group for a short period and this guitar sounds absolutely brilliant in songs like "Roundabout" or "Starhip Trooper".


Gibson ES-175
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The Gibson ES-175 is one of the most famous jazz guitars in history. It is a 24 3/4" scale full hollow body guitar with a trapeze tailpiece and Tune-O-Matic bridge. It is currently still in production.

The ES-175 debuted in 1949, as Gibson's mid-level laminate top alternative to the L5. It was also the first Gibson electric to feature a stylish Florentine cutaway. Its first incarnation had one single-coil pickup (a P-90) in the neck position. In 1953, the ES-175D, a two-pickup model, was introduced.

Beginning in February 1957, ES-175s came equipped with humbuckers. Many new jazz guitarists used these to emulate the sound of Wes Montgomery's "heart" L5, such as Pat Metheny. The ES-175 with humbuckers is prized for its full, rich tone. Some guitarists will mimic the rich resonant sound of this rather large hollow body instrument by turning the tone knob all the way down on cheaper guitars.

This model guitar is not only used by jazz guitarists. Scotty Moore, the guitarist for Elvis Presley, played an ES-295, essentially a dual P90-equipped, all gold ES-175. Such rock legends as Steve Howe have taken up the ES-175 due to its high level of craftsmanship and playability. Gibson released the Herb Ellis ES-165 as a signature reissue of his original 1957 ES-175.

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Re: My Gibson ES-175
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2007, 03:29:10 AM »
"Howe" nice!  ;D

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Re: My Gibson ES-175
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2007, 09:06:30 AM »
 ;D ;)
« Last Edit: March 23, 2007, 01:12:20 PM by Björn Eriksson (admin) »

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Re: My Gibson ES-175
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2007, 03:54:17 PM »
That's a beauty Bjorn. My old guitarist had an ES 335, I think that's the model, it was a thin semi-hollow, double cutaway. The idiot went to Tuscon to be a Buddhist and while he was there he sold it for $300. The jerk, I would have given him a fair price and came and got the damn thing myself. It was one of the best sounding, best playing guitars I ever seen. I have a 76' SG, but that don't even come close.

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Re: My Gibson ES-175
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2008, 04:34:51 AM »
Your ES-175 is a real beauty.  I use to have an ES-135 in that same  finish.  The ES-135 was pretty much a stripped down version of the 175.  Nice sounding guitar, but it was one of many that had to go when I moved from Texas to Iowa.

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Re: My Gibson ES-175
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2008, 10:04:29 PM »
 :'(
It hurts to say that I had to sell it. We all experience hard times....it just had to go and I needed the money  :'(