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1975 Gibson ES-175 D Vintage Electric Archtop Tobacco Sunburst, One-Owner, Near Mint w/ Case & Hangtags


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Up for sale, a 1975 Gibson ES-175D in collector-grade, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, factory paperwork, and mail-in warranty registration card.

A one-owner, time capsule-clean example, this Gibson features a two-tone Tobacco Sunburst gloss finish with gleaming chrome plating on the hardware and equally well-preserved plastics. This ES-175 boasts its original patent number T Top humbuckers, delivering a detailed and dynamic range of tones. The fully hollow maple body gives the guitar both the immediate attack and clarity of maple, but also an airy quality and smoothness befitting the hollowbody construction. Authoritative and particularly clear and bell-like on the neck pickup, this ES-175 really sings through a vintage tube amp, and acoustically the guitar has a big, open sound with warmth and a touch of growl. Lightweight at 7lbs 1oz, this ES-175D has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 roundwound strings, spot-on intonation, and easy-playing action.

The three-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, offering more roundness and shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 9th. The bound rosewood fretboard is inlaid with pearloid split parallelograms and retains the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets retain their full factory height with Gibson's wide/flat fret dress of the era, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays effortlessly up the 24 3/4" scale with a very straight neck with an ideally adjusted, responsive truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features original Gibson Deluxe double line/double ring tuners which turn smoothly and function reliably.

All of the electronics work as they should, with two stock T Top humbuckers with patent number embossed baseplates, untouched solder on the chrome covers, and the original wiring harness. Hardware includes the original floating rosewood bridge and trapeze tailpiece with raised diamonds, the latter of which has nigh-flawless chrome plating. Plastics include the four-ply pickguard which shows a bit of faint pick scuffing, and a perfect quartet of gold reflector cap knobs. While these knobs are an unusual pairing for an ES-175 of this era (witch hats are much more common), they are original to the instrument.

The gloss nitro lacquer two-tone Tobacco Sunburst gloss finish is vibrant and unfaded, and an uncommon finish option on this model in an era dominated by Cherry Sunburst and Natural finishes. An exceedingly well-kept instrument with only minor lacquer checking at the cutaway and on the bass-side upper bout, cosmetic wear is limited to just a few faint finished scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

This one-owner guitar retains its original hangtag and booklet with laminated warranty registration card. The original owner had to mail the warranty paperwork to Gibson to get this card, and it's an extremely rare piece of Gibson paperwork as a result, complete with the Gibson envelope, addressed to the original owner and matching the warranty card. While the warranty registration dates the purchase of this guitar to 1979, the serial conclusively shows a 1975 build date.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included and equally as clean as the guitar, with blue plush interior, functional latches and the original handle. The small strap holding the lid in place while the case is open is no longer connected.