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1968 Gibson ES-175 D Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst w/ Pat # Pickups, Case


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Up for sale, a 1968 Gibson ES-175D in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a vintage hardshell case. A clean vintage example, this ES-175 boasts its original "patent sticker" humbuckers, delivering a detailed and dynamic range of tones. Acoustically, the fully hollow maple body delivers a big, open sound with both the immediate attack and clarity of maple, and an airy, smooth quality befitting the hollowbody construction. These patent sticker humbuckers meter at 7.5k ohms in the bridge position and 7.91k at the neck, offering a vital, complex sound in every pickup position. Lightweight at 6lbs 6oz, this ES-175D has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-50 flatwound strings, spot-on intonation, and ideal action.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, quickly gaining more shoulder and overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 9th. The bound rosewood fretboard is inlaid with pearloid split parallelograms and retains the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have Gibson's wide/flat fret dress of the era, with good meat and crown, showing only a hint of wear on frets 1-2. The guitar plays effortlessly up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod. The nut has been upgraded to a carved piece of bone measuring 1 9/16" in width. The headstock features original Kluson Deluxe double line/double ring tuners which turn smoothly and function reliably, and the truss rod cover is a modern replacement.

All of the electronics work as they should, with the original humbucker pair sporting patent stickers on the baseplates, original chrome covers, and untouched solder, wired to the stock harness. The original floating rosewood bridge and clean chrome zig-zag trapeze tailpiece are both intact, as is the pickguard, pickup selector ring and gasket, and quartet of witch hat knobs. The original serialized oval orange label is visible through the F hole.

The bold three-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss finish is rich and unfaded, exhibiting broad lacquer checking. There is a long, professionally addressed split running along the treble-side lower bout rim adjacent to the back binding, and a couple additional smaller repairs across the input jack and below the tailpiece hinge (in-line with the rear strap button). Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to only a few tiny nicks and finish scuffs on the body as a whole. The nitro gloss on the neck is extremely smooth and clean along the profile length.

An era-correct black tolex hardshell case with red plush interior is included. The case retains its original latches and handle with a gold Gibson silkscreen on the lid.