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Gibson ES-175D Sunburst, 1967

Gibson ES-175D Sunburst, 1967

The Gibson ES-175D was the most common variant of this workhorse archtop, and first appeared in 1953. The D indicated Double Pickups, and the original single pickup version was made in smaller numbers until 1971. The ES-175 was produced from 1949 until 2017, and appeared on countless stages and recordings. Based on a single cutaway, 16.25 inch wide but full depth arched-top F hole body, the ES-175 uses Maple laminates for the body, which improves feedback rejection.

Vintage
Price: $4199.99 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Gibson ES-175 Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1991

❌SOLD❌  Gibson ES-175 Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1991

The Gibson ES-175 archtop electric was in production from 1949 until 2017, because it does exactly what many jazz and rock guitarists needed it to do. Comfortable and reliable, the ES-175 delivers a rich tone and its laminate construction makes it feedback resistant, compared to carved solid top models. To that point, it did appear on large, higher volume rock stages, notably in the hands of Steve Howe of Yes. It was also a common choice for early rock and rockabilly artists.

Used
Price: $3250 CAD

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Ibanez Artcore Expressionist Vintage Archtop Electric, 2018

Ibanez Artcore Expressionist Vintage Archtop Electric, 2018

The Artcore Expressionist uses a fully hollow body with arched top and back, with a laminated Spruce top (the ES-175 uses laminate maple here) paired with laminated Flame maple for the back and sides. The neck is a 3-piece Maple and Mahogany design with a bound Ebony fingerboard, and block position markers of Acrylic.

New
Price: $879.99 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Gibson ES-175/CC ‘Charlie Christian’ Archtop Electric Sunburst 1979

❌SOLD❌  Gibson ES-175/CC 'Charlie Christian' Archtop Electric Sunburst 1979

This Gibson ES-175/CC dates to January 31, 1979.   It’s in very good, original condition and plays well.  This model is unusual, and this particular example even more so. Researching the model, most descriptions mention a ‘Second’ or ‘2nd’ stamp on the back of the headstock.   This one doesn’t have that stamp, and so was deemed first quality. 

Vintage
Price: $3999.99 CAD

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❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson ES-175 Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1962

❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson ES-175 Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1962

The Gibson ES-175 was immediately popular with jazz players. The body is constructed as a single florentine (sharp) cutaway, using maple laminates for feedback rejection. This was becoming increasingly important as audience sizes increased, requiring higher stage volumes that are seriously problematic for hollow body instruments. These work so well that eventually, an ES-175 built not long after this one wound up on some of the world’s largest rock stages in the hands of ‘Yes’ guitarist Steve Howe.

Vintage
Price: $9999.99 CAD

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‼️Reduced‼️ Gibson ES-175 Cutaway Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1969

‼️Reduced‼️ Gibson ES-175 Cutaway Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1969

The Gibson ES-175 cutaway came onto the scene in 1949 as a single pickup archtop with a sharp florentine cutaway and Maple laminate body construction. The most popular electric archtop at the time was the ES-150, with carved spruce top and carved Maple back. The laminate construction of the new ES-175 was not only more affordable, but also offered better feedback resistance.

Vintage
Price: $4200 CAD
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