Gibson ES-175 Electric Guitar

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A blend of comfortable playability and sonic versatility with presence to spare

The modern recreation of this great guitar made by Gibson’s Memphis Custom Shop craftspeople owes its lineage to the ES-175 of ’57. The body is a comfortable 16-inches wide, 20-inches long and 3-inches deep with a curly laminated maple top, back, and rims. There’s multi-ply binding on top and single-ply on the back, with nickel hardware including a ABR-1 bridge and a trapeze tailpiece. Three finishes are available: wine red, antique natural, and vintage sunburst.

The Gibson Memphis ES-175’s one-piece mahogany neck supports the same 20-fret rosewood fingerboard that the guitar’s always offered, with beautiful pearl split parallelogram inlays, single-ply binding and the distinctive, comfortable classic ES-175 neck profile. Scale length is 24 3/4-inches with an 1 11/16-inch width at the nut. The tuners are vintage tulip style. The pickups are Gibson’s versatile workhorses: ’57 Classic humbuckers – controlled by two volume and two tone pots and a three-way selector switch. The ES-175 ships with Gibson Brite Wire .010 strings in a black levant case. And before each one leaves the Memphis shop it is examined and dressed by one of the company’s state-of-the-art Pleck machines, providing high-tech assurance of optimum playability.


The Les Paul's impact on the worlds of rock 'n' roll and blues was absolutely titanic. In the realm of jazz, the instrument that had the same monumental effect is the Gibson ES-175. When the ES-175 debuted with a run of 129 in 1949, it nudged aside the ES-150, which had been the guitar of choice for jazz innovators like Charlie Christian and Eddie Durham. The ES-175 also proved a more manageable and less costly alternative to the L-5s thanks to its smaller body size and laminated top. Due to its enduring appeal – a blend of comfortable playability and warm sonic versatility with presence to spare – the ES-175 has found its way into the hands and hearts of generations of players. Its success leapt across genres to play a role in defining the sound of early rock when Elvis Presley’s guitarist Scott Moore acquired his first ES-295 – essentially a model based on the ES-175 but equipped with two P-90 pickups – and accompanied the King on his Sun Records classics. Other great ES-175 players include Pat Metheny, Joe Pass, Howard Roberts, Keith Richards, and Yes’ Steve Howe.

Features:

  • Curly laminated Maple top, back, and rim
  • Mahogany neck with Florentine cutaway
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl split parallelogram inlays
  • ’57 Classic humbucker pickups
  • Vintage tulip style tuners
  • Gibson hardshell case included


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Things You Will Get:

  • Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case
Series ES
Other Features '57 Classic Humbuckers
Model ES-175

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GibsonES-175 Electric Guitar
 
4.0

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  • Good tone (3)

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      5.0

      Jazz Music

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      from New York, NY

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson ES-175 Electric Guitar:

        This is the guitar that is like the guitar that Bill Haley played. It has a mellow tone. Also, one of Chuck Mangione's band members played this guitar.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One of the best

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        from Southeast Florida

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        Pros

        • Excellent action
        • Great Tone
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Anything You Can Think Of

          Comments about Gibson ES-175 Electric Guitar:

          I have a half dozen big body archtops, from Gibson, Heritage (H-575), D'Angelico (EXS-1), Epiphone, Aria (PE-175), Fender (D'Aquisto) as well as Gretsch and I like them all but none are as versatile as the 175.

          Rock Jazz, you name it. It's unlikely you'll find a more versatine guitar on the planet. Don't take my word for it just look up the professional artists that use one and decide for yourself.

          The 175 was one of if not THE first two pickup big body guitars and since 1949 is also one of the most copied guitars around, just about EVERY guitar company makes or has made a copy of it. Nuff said.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Mine is Fine

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          from Nashville Tenn.

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics
          • This guitar does what it

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jazzcountry pop and blu

            Comments about Gibson ES-175 Electric Guitar:

            I use it for my enjoyment.
            It does what it was designed to do. this limits some of its versatility.
            The guitar will not change to suit your wishes.
            you have to adapt to the guitar.
            I have a 40th aniversary Fender Strat and a gibson L5.
            they do not play the same!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just my luck

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            from Nashville , Tenn.

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gibson ES-175 Electric Guitar:

                With all the negative comments ive heard
                regarding Gibson quality and workmanship,
                I guess it was just my luck to get a good one.
                My ES175 is just as well fitted , well put together as one could expect for the money.
                The set up spot on and after lotsa looking
                and playing I found it to be as it should be.
                The only thing I don,t care for is the
                controls are a bit more sensitive than I like
                , but this is not a defect,thats the way they make some of their models.
                This guitar and my ES137 custom were made in Memphis and both are well put together,finish and fit. I have a five year old L5 and a twenty year old Byrdland. I guess I got lucky with these too!
                As a Gibson owner for over forty years,I have had some that weren,t this good. I have had problems with other well known brands. Thats what warrantys are for; As with cars or anything else! All I can say is " I just guess I got lucky"

                (7 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                "too bad, so sad, a Gibson?"

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                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Gibson ES-175 Electric Guitar:

                "The ES-175 is advertised as a true vintage reissue. In some respects the guitar seems to be authenticly reproduced. The shape is right, the color is good (I got the sunburst) and the pearlette inlays are positioned correctly. The wood is a nice piece, transparent with pretty good markings. The hardware is fairly solid looking, hefty, a bit too shiny but it is a new instrument, after all. The plastic knobs bothered me, they looked weak, too plastic if you can say plastic is too plastic. The F holes are cut a bit sloppy, the edges are rough and the cutting uneven. My wife bought the ES-175 for me for my birthday. I wanted it to play, at home and with my sons, not for professional guitar playing. I had a Les Paul Gold Top for years and loved it, my first wife got rid of it, naturally, without my concent, but I say this so you believe I know what a good guitar plays like. I own a high end Takamine electric/acoustic that I really enjoy playing and three old guitars that are close to my heart for all the wrong reasons. Back to the Gibson ES-175. The action is horrible. The frets are too high and the playing difficult, no, painful. My son's Epiphone plays smoother. The wires were easily seen through the F holes and look sloppy and loose when I looked into the guitar's body. I am very dissappointed that Gibson would manufacter a guitar of this low standard. Unless you're looking to hang it on your wall and impress your friends, it's a fine looking instrument from a distance but forget about playing this guitar."

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                ES-175 Electric Guitar

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