GIBSON ES-175 (ES75)

  • Gibson ES-175


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  • electric guitars

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The Gibson ES-175 is an archtop electric introduced by Gibson in 1949. The ES-175 was designed to be a cheaper alternative to Gibson's high-end archtop models like the L5 and Super 400. Partly for this reason the ES-175 has an all-laminate body construction. The earliest ES-175s cost $175 (hence the name) and had one single-coil P-90 pickup in the neck position. In 1953, the ES-175D, a two-pickup version, was introduced. The ES-175 came in either natural or sunburst finish. From 1957 ES-175s were fitted with PAF humbucking pickups. In 1976, a three-piece maple neck replaced the one-piece mahogany neck, a neck volute was added, and the ES-175's adjustable rosewood bridge was replaced by a Nashville bridge.

A thinline body version was available as the ES-175T from 1976 to 1979.

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Body back materialmaple body back
Body depth3.375 inches body depth
Body shape featuresarchtop, single cutaway
Body sides materialmaple body sides
Body stylearchtop
Body top materialmaple body top
Body width16.25 inches body
Hollow bodyhollow body
Pickguard shaperaised pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes


Body fretNeck joins body at 14th fret
Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets20 fret
Peghead (headstock)black face headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side


Bridgeadjustable rosewood bridge
Hardware colornickel hardware
Tailpiecetrapeze tailpiece


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersparallelogram fingerboard position markers


Finish colorsnatural finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length


Pickups brand and modelGibson P-90 pickup(s), Gibson PAF pickup(s)
Pickups configuration1 humbucker pickup, 1 single coil pickup, 2 humbucker pickups


Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

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