1978 Gibson ES-175DN: Rare Blonde, Easy Neck, Sweet Player, Great Shape, Best Buy!

$ 3795.00

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Serial #: 71678089, stamped in headstock

Body size at lower bout: 16″. Scale length: 24
3/4″ Nut Width: 1 11/16″ Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .75/.89

Materials: Solid maple neck; solid rosewood fingerboard;
arched slab-cut figured maple top, sides and back; dual-parallelogram
mother of pearl fingerboard inlay and thistle peghead inlay; triple
bound top, bound back and neck.

Hardware: Original hardware includes Gibson Deluxe tulip key
tuners, triple parallelogram trapeze tailpiece, beveled 5-ply pickguard,
compensated adjustable Tuneomatic bridge, 3 way pickup selector switch. Seymour Duncan Antiquity PAF neck
pickup, late 50’s style amber bell volume and tone knobs.

Notes: Since its introduction in 1949, the Gibson ES-175 has
been the most popular jazz guitar in the world. The twin pickup model
debuted in 1951, and the 175 was Gibson’s first guitar to be fitted with
the humbucking pickup in 1957. A true classic, the ES-175 remained in
the Gibson catalog continuously for almost seven decades, until it was
unexpectedly discontinued in 2019.

At barely a fifth of total production, blonde finish examples are
rare and particularly desirable, and this striking guitar has been
preserved in excellent condition, remarkably free of pick, buckle, or
fingerboard wear. The top and back show fine slab cut figure in the
arched maple, as well as a rare solid maple neck, in place of the more
common mahogany necks more typical of the model.

The 24 3/4″ scale is fast and nimble, and the 16″ body is easy to
cradle and substantially resistant to feedback. With smooth low action
over fine original medium fretwork, and a fresh high precision setup,
the guitar plays effortlessly with a notably slim, elegant neck profile.
Apart from some normal thumb wear and a bit of finish wear near the
nut, the warmly ambered natural lacquer finish shows little for its long

A special plus is the upgrade Seymour Duncan Antiquity PAF pickup in
the neck position. The gold standard of 50’s Gibson style humbuckers,
the Antiquity is built with vintage correct Alnico II magnets, 42 AWG
wire, and wound unpotted on the original winder from Gibson’s old
Kalamazoo factory. Hand aged both mechanically and magnetically, these
pickups were wound individually by Custom Shop manager Marcela Juarez,
creator of pickups for Clapton, Harrison, Van Halen, and a host of other
Guitar Gods. They deliver the detailed, airy response of the PAF
originals, with plenty of growl when driven as well.

With tone every bit as lustrous as its looks, this handsome guitar is
the quintessential working jazz box. Do blondes really have more fun?
Only one way to find out: one only, call now.

Case: Deluxe lightweight black hardshell case with Cordura covering.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel
flatwound strings. The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge
strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64″ to 5/64″
at the 12th fret, with moderate relief. The action may be lowered or
raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

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