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Gibson ES-165 Herb Ellis Electric Guitar  

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    A luxury Custom Shop special based on Herb's classic ES-175.

    A BJB floating pickup on the Gibson ES-165 Herb Ellis Electric Guitar produces warm, round, and articulate tone for peerless jazz flavor. Single volume knob on the pickguard keeps it simple and keeps the top wood pristine for amazing resonance. Gold-plated hardware, including the unique bridge, combine with split parallelogram inlays on the rosewood fretboard and full binding with multi-ply on top to create stunning visual elegance.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features
    • Plain laminated maple top
    • Curly laminated maple back and sides
    • One-piece mahogany neck
    • Solid maple center block
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • BJB floating pickup
    • Split parallelogram inlays
    • Multi-ply top binding
    • Single-ply binding on back, fretboard, and headstock
    • Single volume knob on pickguard
    • Gold-plated hardware
    • Grover keystone tuners
    • 175-style tailpiece
    • ABR-1 bridge
    • 175-style neck profile
    • 24-3/4" scale

    Act now and enjoy the best value you'll find anywhere for high-end jazz tone and premium playability.

     
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    GibsonES-165 Herb Ellis Electric Guitar
     
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    3.0

    ES-165 Herb Ellis

    By JazzHands

    from Halifax, NS Canada

    Comments about Gibson ES-165 Herb Ellis Electric Guitar:

    So why did I keep the second Herb Ellis?

    I cursed Gibson....bought a new bridge...leveled the frets....did a complete set-up....Voila! a great guitar is born!

    The fact is, the body and neck are fantastic. Even if you get a bad one like my second one you will have the making of an outstanding guitar.
    I had to have a second one in case something (God forbid) ever happened to my first one. I don't know how much longer these will be available without placing a custom order and I couldn't live without a Herb Ellis.
    This is a follow-up review after purchasing my second Herb Ellis.
    The features are the same as the first except for the bridge which has been updated to a newer model that eliminates the retainer spring. The other features are perfect, exactly what you want in a jazz guitar. The bridge, however, is complete garbage! I used a dremel to remove enough metal to allow me to set the intonation while waiting for a new TonePros bridge to arrive.
    My first Herb Ellis is perfect. My new Herb Ellis must have been assembled on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon. The grooves in the bridge saddles are not suposed to be centered, but the grooves in these saddles were all spaced to ONE SIDE....IT'S A FLOATING BRIDGE!!!!! They actually grooved the saddles with the bridge sitting 1/8" off-centre. This blows my mind!
    Still the best price for a real jazz guitar!

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibson Custom Herb Ellis

    By JazzHands

    from Halifax, NS Canada

    Comments about Gibson ES-165 Herb Ellis Electric Guitar:

    I have been playing this guitar for over six months now and have to say that it is simply the very best jazz quitar you can get for this kind of money! I own an ES-175 and previously owned a Hofner new president and an ES-359.....they are great guitars, but can't touch the Herb Ellis. It is shockingly resonant with a warm and articulate tone. I play the Herb Ellis through a Polytone Brute IV, a Henriksen 110, and a 4x10 Blues Deville...it sounds great through all of them.You would seriously have to pay close to ten thousand to come close to this superb jazzbox. How Gibson can sell these for close to a grand less than the 175 is a mystery to me.

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    5.0

    Exquisite!!!

    By champa.choga

    from Burlington, VT

    Comments about Gibson ES-165 Herb Ellis Electric Guitar:

    The Herb Ellis ES-165 is an amazingly beutiful jazz guitar in sound and appearance. I bought the wine red model, and its looks far surpass the ones in the photos. The action is perfect, as they are professionally set up by the Gibson Custom guitar advisors. This premium instrument has the tone you come to expect from Gibson. I play it through a little Fender amp, which delivers the warm, and at the same time, crisp, clean tone. They're certainly not cheap, by any means... but worth every penny!!!

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