The ES-175D was Gibsons dual-pickup version of the ES-175. Originally marketed with two P-90 single-coil pickups in
1953, this model was one of the first Electric Spanish guitars to be fitted with P.A.F.
humbucking units in early 1957. The 175D has since endured various subtle cosmetic
variations to become one of Gibsons ultimate bread-and-butter instruments. It has
not been discontinued at any point in its magnificent 45-year history and the list of
players who have gravitated to its distinctive sound read like a whos who in
contemporary music. The ES-175D appeared in the Gibson price list of 1953 for $250 in
Sunburst and $265 in Natural or Blonde. By this time there was apparently no connection
between the cost and the model name.
is the leading jazz exponent of the 175D school, but it has also been a staple for Joe
Diorio, Jimmy Raney, Derek Bailey, Babik Rheinhardt (Djangos son), Toots Thielmans
and countless others. Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino also played ES-175Ds early in their
careers. The ES-175D has proven to be one of historys most versatile electric
guitars. Scotty Moore used its gold-painted cousin, the ES-295, when he invented rock and
roll with Elvis Presley on The Sun Sessions. Blues giant B.B. King played one in the late
1950s. Progressive rock musician Steve Howe of Yes is another famed 175D player as is
fusion pioneer Pat Metheny.
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