Vintage Gibson ES-175 c.1969Birdhouse Music
Does it get any classier than a Gibson ES-175? Although long considered a favorite of jazz greats such as Joe Pass and Pat Methany, the ES-175 is an incredibly versatile tool in the right hands. It's served as both a rockabilly guitar with Scotty Moore and a straight up rock machine with Steve Howe.
This particular 1969 ES-175 does not disappoint in either tone or visual impact. The slim, oval "C" shaped neck fills the hand wonderfully and the action is set up low with flatwounds and plays effortlessly. Other features include maple/poplar/maple body construction, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and dual humbucking pickups.
As one would expect, the tone is warm, round and fat. It's the quintessential jazz and blues tone, very smooth and smokey sounding with sweet yet present highs. The bridge pickup is bright and biting but still maintains enough midrange honk for gritty rock solos.
Weighing in at 6 lb. 8 oz., this ES-175 shows very little play wear for its vintage. The classic sunburst finish is still very bright and vibrant. There is some long, lengthwise lacquer checking in the clear coat and some very small dimples and impressions, otherwise, virtually no hard play wear. The fret wear is very minimal. The bridge is likely a replacement as a Nashville style adjustable bridge replaces the crude, compensated wood bridge.
As we all know, vintage Gibsons are not getting any cheaper and not many come as clean as this one. Own one of the last pre- headstock volute, orange label Gibsons while they're still affordable.