1989 Gibson ES175 in Vintage Sunburst

The Blue Book Says:

Gibson ES175
– single sharp cutaway body, arched maple top, maple back and sides, two f-holes, bound body, mahogany neck, 14/20-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl parallelogram inlays, black headstock overlay with pearl crown/logo inlay, three-per-side tuners, adj. rosewood bridge, trapeze tailpiece, raised layered black pickguard, one single coil (1949-1956) or PAF humbucker (1957-1962), or Pat. No. humbucker (1962-1979) pickup, two knobs (v, tone), nickel hardware, available in Natural or Sunburst finish, 16.25 in. body width, 20.25 in. body length, 3.375 in. body deep, 24 3/4 in. scale, mfg. 1949-1979.

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.


I Say:

A great – super clean “Vintage” (as it’s over 25 years old!) example of the classic, industry standard, Gibson Jazz Guitar.   Of all the ES175’s that I’ve had this one does strike me as remarkably more acoustically resonant.

The original rosewood bridge has been “pinned” to the top of the guitar, but it seems a good job and intonation is accurate.

Headstock is unmarked, however the truss rod cover has a crack in it, as can be seen in the pictures.  

Original tuners, neck and fingerboard are in excellent condition with very little wear evident to either.  

The front back and sides only carry very minor wear, and there’s no lacquer checking to speak of.  

The original Gibson case with fluffy pink “shroud” is in equally good condition.