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Gibson ES 250 T-Bone Walker T-Bone Walker
Gibson ES 175 Howard Roberts Howard Roberts
Gibson ES 175D Joe Pass Joe Pass

Gibson ES 175D with Humbucking Pickups

The ES-175D was Gibson’s 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 Gibson’s 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 who’s 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.

Guitar Features: ES 175D
guitar feature 16 1/4 hollow body
guitar feature Humbucking Pickups
guitar feature four knobs (2 volume, 2 tone)
guitar feature heavy tailpiece
guitar feature laminate beveled-edge pickguard
guitar feature laminated maple body
guitar feature f-holes
guitar feature "Tune-O-Matic" 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

Joe Pass 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 (Django’s 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 history’s 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.

Gibson ES 175D with Humbucking Pickups


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