1974 Gibson ES175 D Vintage Sunburst.

The Blue Book Says:

ES-175 D (ES75)
– similar to the ES-175, except has two single coil (1951-56), two PAF humbucker (1957-1962), two Pat. No. humbucker (1962-Present, current pickups are ’57 Classic humbuckers) with four knobs (two v, two tone) and a three-way pickup switch, current dimensions are 16 in. wide, 20.5 in. long, and 3.5 in. thick, current mfg. utilizes curly maple/poplar/maple laminate top, sides, and back with mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard, available in Natural (disc.), Vintage Sunburst, or Wine Red (disc.) finish, mfg. 1951-present.

This model was introduced during 1951, but the D suffix was not added until 1953. Current production instruments (except for Aged finishes) are produced in either a Wine Red (WR), Vintage Sunburst (VS) or Natural (AN) finish with nickel or gold hardware. In 1957, P.A.F. humbucker pickups replaced P-90 single coils. In 1962, Pat. No. humbucker pickups replaced PAF pickups. In 1974, a neck volute was introduced. By 1977, tune-o-matic bridge replaced original style bridge. In 1981, neck volute was discontinued. In 1983, mahogany back/sides replaced maple body. In 1990, maple back/sides was reintroduced and replaced mahogany.
This model is currently produced in Memphis, Tennessee.


I Say:

Gibson’s numbering system in the early 1970’s was a nightmare.  The serial number 00103692 only narrows it down to some point between 1970 and 1975 – but the presence of the volute dates this repost 1974, and the fact that it has the old style bridge means that it’s pre 1977!

This guitar has clearly been loved and revered – or kept in a cupboard!   The almost unmarked lacquer has acquired a lovely series crazing lines characteristic of a guitar of this age, but I can find no chips, dings or dents.  The rear has some marking in a dotted pattern, but these could easily be polished out.  I actually prefer them as signs of wear.

Rosewood fingerboard and frets are near unworn.

Pat No pickups are a Gibson classic – warm in the neck and aggressive in the bridge.  As far as I can tell the electronics are original – but I don’t fancy trying to get them out!

Fantastic Gibson Hardcase with a rather “too -camp” pink satin shroud.