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Gibson 1959 ES-175 Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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First released in 1949, Gibson' ES-175 was a revolutionary new take on the challenge of electrifying what was otherwise an acoustic archtop guitar, a...Click To Read More About This Product

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The ultimate jazzbox is back in a meticulous recreation of its best single-pickup incarnation.

First released in 1949, Gibson' ES-175 was a revolutionary new take on the challenge of electrifying what was otherwise an acoustic archtop guitar, and it immediately set a benchmark for jazz tone and performance that remains the standard to this day. For most players, though, the ES-175 fully reached its potential a decade later in 1959, when the PAF humbucking pickups that had replaced its original P-90s in 1957 were joined by a new rounded, ultra-comfortable neck profile. Now, for 2012, Gibson Custom Memphis recreates this vintage classic as a Vintage Original Spec (VOS) instrument that' period-perfect in every detail. The new 1959 ES-175 comes with a single pickup and Gibson' proprietary nitrocellulose lacquer finish with VOS process for a gently aged look, and correct nickel hardware that exhibits a mellow, aged patina. All together, it' the closest thing available to the tone beloved of legendary jazz virtuosos such as Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, Herb Ellis, Joe Pass and Pat Metheny, as well as plenty of rock guitarists such as Steve Howe and Mark Knopfler.

To recreate the 1959 ES-175, Gibson Custom Memphis employs all the tonewoods, components and constructional details that helped to make the original legendary. The body, designed by Gibson to reduce feedback in a full-depth archtop, is made from three-ply plain maple with an AAA plain maple top face. From the pointed Florentine cutaway, to the solid maple rims with replica cotton rim stays, to the precise binding dimensions and colors, every effort has been made to ensure the look of the 1959 ES-175 is dead-on. The set neck is made from solid mahogany with a bound rosewood fingerboard inlaid with characteristic split-parallelogram position markers. Carved to a comfortably rounded late ™50s profile with hand-rolled binding, it exudes the playing feel of a well-aged classic. A mother-of-pearl Gibson logo and crown inlay grace the headstock, along with a set of vintage-style, single-line TonePros„¢ tuners with amber tulip buttons. The hardware complement is completed by a multi-ply ES-175 pickguard, traditional floating rosewood bridge, and a correct œzig-zag trapeze tailpiece made on the original building forms, previously lost for decades.

Original late ™50s ES-175s benefited from the glorious tone of some of the most revered pickups ever created, Gibson' hallowed œPAF humbuckers, and Gibson Custom Memphis goes all out to achieve that sound in this recreation of the classic. A single Aged ™57 Classic humbucker accurately transmits the 1959 ES-175' acoustic voice, while adding the warmth, depth, edge and articulation that made PAFs famous in the first place. It's wired through original-spec 500k CTS potentiometers with œBumble Bee tone capacitors. All together this guitar breathtakingly recreates the total look, feel and sound of the highly prized original, and represents one of the most comfortable, playable historic guitar reproductions Gibson has provided the market in years. Includes case.

Plain Maple body with three-ply Poplar core
Rosewood fingerboard with aged-cellulous split-parallelogram inlays
Single aged '57 Classic Humbuckers
Rosewood base bridge with height-adjustable compensated Rosewood top and period-correct "Zig Zag" tailpiece
Vintage single line, tulip-button TonePros„¢ with 18:1 tuning ratio
Includes case

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Body Type: Fully Hollow
Top: 3-ply - Maple/Poplar/Maple, Hot Pressed
Back: 3-ply - Maple/Poplar/Maple, Hot Pressed
Binding: Vintage Cream
Species: Mahogany Neck with Maple Spline
Truss Rod: Traditional
Joint Angle: 4 (+/- 15 seconds)
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Neck Fit
Joint: Mortise & Tenon
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005"
Species: Hand-selected Dark Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Scale Length: 24.75"
Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062
Inlays: Aged-Cellouse Plastic Split Parallelogram
Binding: .04, Vintage Cream
Other: Thin '59 Style Fret Wire/Tortoiseshell Side Dots
Material: Vintage-Style Nylon
Width: 1.687
Slots: Gibson PLEK System
Logo: Mother of Pearl 'Gibson'
Inlay: Mother of Pearl Crown
Truss Rod Cover: Vintage Truss Rod Cover
Angle: 17 Degrees
Model: TonePros® Kluson® with Tulip Buttons
Plating: Nickel
Tuning Ratio: 18:01
Type: Rosewood Base, Compensated Rosewood Top, Height-Adjusting Knurled Wheels
Material: Rosewood and Nickel-Plated Adjustment Wheels
Type: Original Spec "Zig Zag" Style
Material: Nickel Plated Brass
Knobs: Amber Top Hat with Dial Pointers
Pickguard: Black Reissue with 5-ply Binding
Pickup Mounting: Rings Black Plastic
Strings: .012 - .052, Genuine Gibson Strings
Strap Buttons: Single Tapered Plastic
Neck Position: '57 Classic Humbucker (Alnico II)
Potentiometers: 1 Volume Control
1 Tone Control
Capacitors: Sprague Black Beauty Bumblebee
Type: 500k Audio Taper
Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound
Toggle Switch: Switchcraft Toggle with Vintage Cap (Double Pickup Model Only)
Output Jack: 1/4" Switchcraft Jack
Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Vintage Burst
Type: Custom Shop Silkscreened Case
Case Exterior: Black Leatherette
Case Interior: Charcoal Plush

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It is just what I was looking for

By armchair musician

from Talent, Or

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson 1959 ES-175 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    The head is a bit narrower than the older 175 I have and I am assuming that that is one way to distiguish it from the original it is a replica of.
    That is just an ascetic consideration. With one pickup and a deep body it rings and sustains well without amplification. It does not have a strap securing nut on the front of the body, so using a strap and standing up with it is a problem.
    Also for the discounts I got with 20% off coupon, the price was in my budget range. I wouldn't have paid the asking price, let alone the list price. I am hoping this will appreciate well.

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