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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...Read More
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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 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
Joint: Mortise & Tenon
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005"
Species: Hand-selected Dark Rosewood
Scale Length: 24.75"
Inlays: Aged-Cellouse Plastic Split Parallelogram
Binding: .04, Vintage Cream
Other: Thin '59 Style Fret Wire/Tortoiseshell Side Dots
Material: Vintage-Style Nylon
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
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
Type: Custom Shop Silkscreened Case
Case Exterior: Black Leatherette
Case Interior: Charcoal Plush
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- Fun To Play
- Good Feel
- Good Pick Up
- Good Tone
- Solid Electronics
- 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.