Gibson 1961 ES-175D Sunburst
When Gibson introduced the ES-175 in 1949, maybe no one at the company expected the model to become the most popular model of archtop guitar ever. With the addition of a second pickup in 1951, its popularity was sealed in history as a done deal, and in 1957, the ES-175 was the first guitar to receive arguably the most important invention in modern guitar history: the PAF humbucker. These laminate maple guitars continue to be incredibly popular and highly sought after for their more controlled, modern tone compared to the more mellow traditional archtop sound, as well as their resistance to feedback, their incredible feeling D necks with the 1 11/16ths nut width, and their general defining role in the shaping of a number of genres of music, from country to jazz.
This particular example is in gorgeous condition, nearly original. There are minor scratches and marks here and there, from decades of use, as to be expected, but otherwise the only noticeable wear is the low frets, usually an indicator that a guitar is a good one.
The board and bridge are both Brazilian rosewood, adding to this guitar's vintage status. The plastic pickguard and pickup rings are in great condition. The hardware, electronics, nut, bridge, and tuners are all original, along with the fantastic PAF pickups, which are rich and deep in that perfect vintage Gibson way. This guitar can do almost any style of music. We've tried jazz, country, rockabilly, even AC/DC style rhythm playing, and it does it. Serial #5036 comes with a TKL hardshell case.