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Gibson 1959 ES-175D Hollowbody Electric Guitar   

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First released in 1949, Gibsons 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 dual-pickup incarnation.

First released in 1949, Gibsons 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 thats period-perfect in every detail. The new 1959 ES-175D comes with dual-pickups and Gibsons proprietary nitrocellulose lacquer finish with VOS process for a gently aged look, and correct nickel hardware that exhibits a mellow, aged patina. All together, its 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, Gibsons hallowed œPAF humbuckers, and Gibson Custom Memphis goes all out to achieve that sound in this recreation of the classic. A dual set of Aged 57 Classic humbuckers accurately transmits the 1959 ES-175s acoustic voice, while adding the warmth, depth, edge and articulation that made PAFs famous in the first place. They are wired through original-spec 500k CTS potentiometers with œBumble Bee tone capacitors, and a three-way switch on the two-pickup guitars with original style rubber grommet. 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
  • Double 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

The holy grail of jazz guitars is within your reach. Don't let it slip away.


1959 ES-175D Hollowbody Electric Guitar

  • Body
    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)
    Bridge Position: '57 Classic Humbucker (Alnico II) on Double Pickup Model
    Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls
    2 Tone Controls
    (1 Volume Control, 1 Tone Control on Single Pickup Model)
    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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Outstanding Guitar

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


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Gibson 1959 ES-175D Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I have owned one of these since 1973. It is my go to guitar. I have played Jazz, rock, country and anything else with it. I take care of it and it has never failed me. The sound is amazing. I don't use it for every gig but I could. I only use it for the really important ones.

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