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.
The ES-175 was the first Gibson electric guitar to feature a Florentine cutaway beneath the neck, giving easy access to all 20 frets. It also had a carved rosewood bridge. For it’s first four years the model came with one single-coil P-90 pickup. In the early ‘50s, more and more models were produced and sold, indicating the ES-175’s rapid rise in popularity. This model comes equipped with two 57 Classic Humbuckers, that provide endless tonal possibilities with unrelenting Gibson power!
This Pre-Owned Guitar is in Very Good Condition w/ light scratches on the tailpiece and throughout the body. There is some heavier scratches on the bottom side of the guitar where the body rests against your leg. Someone has also moved the strap button from the block to the side of the guitar.