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Gibson ES 175 with P-90 Pickup

The ES-175 was introduced in Gibson’s catalog of August 1, 1949. Launched by Ted McCarty, it was the company’s earliest attempt to develop a mid-priced electric with a cutaway body. "The Florentine (sharp point) design of this Electric Spanish cutaway model aids the player in reaching all nineteen frets with ease and at the same time offers a unique attractive appearance" proclaimed the catalog description.

Guitar Features: ES 175
guitar feature 16 1/4" hollow body
guitar feature P-90 Pickup
guitar feature two knobs (1 volume, 1 tone)
guitar feature heavy tailpiece
guitar feature laminate beveled-edge pickguard
guitar feature laminated maple top
guitar feature f-holes
guitar feature adjustable bridge
guitar feature white ivoroid binding
guitar feature double Parallelogram inlay
guitar feature nickel tuners with ivory heads
guitar feature Gibson adjustable truss rod neck
guitar feature 20 frets

A natural outgrowth of the earlier ES-150, the ES-175 in its early single-pickup form was an instant success and was synonymous with innovative guitarists like Howard Roberts, Jim Hall, Herb Ellis, Kenny Burrell and many others in the 1950s. Patterned after the acoustic L-4C and equipped with a P-90 single-coil pickup, it remains a classic; for many the quintessential jazz guitar. Attesting to its versatility the ES-175 is also a preferred instrument of blues and pop singer-guitarist Bonnie Raitt.

Gibson ES 175 with P-90 Pickup
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