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1959 Gibson ES-175D Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst w/ Seth Lover PAFs


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Up for sale, a 1959 Gibson ES-175D in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. A genuine golden age Gibson instrument with no cracks or repairs and a stunningly clean original nitro lacquer finish, this ES-175D has a quintessential 1959 Gibson neck profile carve and has been fitted with a pair of Seymour Duncan SH-55 Seth Lover PAFs. This sweet sounding archtop has all the detail, tonal complexity, and sweet, dynamic tone one could desire in a Gibson archtop. The fully hollow maple body gives the guitar both the immediate attack and clarity of maple, but also the smoothness and warmth attributable to the hollowbody construction. Extremely smooth, bold, and balanced acoustically with great treble articulation and ideal tension on the top via a set of fresh 12-52 roundwound strings, these qualities translate to a particularly authoritative, clear and bell-like neck pickup. The bridge pickup is airy and open with a touch of smooth growl when you dig in. The guitar weighs 6lbs 13oz. Here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar we've had this ES-175D professionally setup and dialed in to play its best with low action and spot-on intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has *the* quintessential 1959 profile carve, with round, inviting shoulders and plenty of substance while still being a hair less bulky than earlier ‘50s shapes, measuring .910" deep at the 1st fret and tapering to 1.005" at the 9th. The neck profile is nigh flawless save for some light lacquer checking in the gloss, free of palm wear and very smooth. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a nice and dark cut of this premium tone wood, and the original slender "banjo" frets are intact, leveled and crowned and currently showing zero wear. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock has been fitted with a set of '60s Kluson Deluxe double line double ring tuning machines, perfectly matching the footprint of the original gears. These genuine vintage tuners definitely look the part and function as intended. There is light finish chipping on the headstock face adjacent to the tuner bushings and a few small nicks around the headstock edges with a fractional amount of targeted touchup.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the hardware and plastic parts are modern, yet all very much in-line with 1959 spec, featuring nickel ABR-1 and trapeze tailpiece, amber bonnet knobs and the correct bezel and amber switch tip on the pickup selector toggle. The stock orange oval label with A prefix serial number is completely intact, as is the original S-prefix factory order number stamped inside the body.

Cosmetically, the original nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray on the body or neck profile. There's broad, faint vertical lacquer checking on the body, and it's an extremely rich and late '50s-specific burst gradient with a warm amber center transitioning to deep burgundy and brownish-black edges. Aside from a bit of light scuffing on the top beneath the feet of the rosewood bridge base and a couple ancillary tiny nicks or faint finish scratches, the instrument is just stunningly clean.

A modern black tolex hardshell case is included.