The Gibson ES-175 was introduced in 1949 as the companies mid level electric arch top, as a more affordable option to the high end L5 models, and remained the companies flagship deep body electric arch top for 70 years. This model from 1963 is one of the holy grails of Gibson jazz guitars, from the companies most revered electric guitar production period. Constructed from a carved Maple top with Maple back and sides, the ES-175 was the first Gibson model to feature the Florentine cutaway design. This guitar features all the specs associated with this period, with a return to the fuller feeling neck shape found in '63 and '64. The early Patent No. humbuckers feature all the depth, clarity and definition you expect to hear from Gibson pickups from this period, and transform a classic deep body arch top in to an extremely versatile guitar, easily capable of bluesy rock through the right tube amp. The fingerboard features split parallelogram inlays, and a headstock with the Gibson crown peg head inlay.
This guitar is in very good condition, with very minimal play wear for its age and no sign of finish touch up or overspray, retaining a rich, vibrant sunburst. The pickups are correct with the covers intact, and the original encased pots are as they should be, although the codes are unreadable. The double ring tuning machines and bridge are correct for the period, although the trapeze tailpiece is a later replacement.