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❌SOLD❌ Gibson ES-175D Archtop Electric Mahogany Sunburst, 1989


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In production from 1953 to 2016 and the successor to the 1949 single pickup ES-175, the Gibson ES-175D was perhaps the best accepted archtop electric. While found in many genres of music, from jazz to early rock and roll, from pop to arena rock, it is most associated with the many jazz guitarists who built careers with it.

Early on, Gibson established a winning formula for hollow-body archtop electric models, using laminate Maple for the top, back, and sides rather than carving plates from solid Maple or Spruce. This approach dramatically reduced production costs and increased consistency. Increasingly importantly, it also reduced feedback on ever-louder stages as amplifiers evolved and became more powerful. The Gibson ES-175D and the ES-175 were both built using this formula.

However, from 1983 to 1989, some Gibson ES-175D models were built with a laminate top but laminate Mahogany for the sides and back, with solid Mahogany for the body blocks and neck. As with the other models, the bound fingerboard and floating bridge base are Rosewood.
This seems to have had some tonal effects: there’s a bit less top and bottom end, and a bit more midrange compared to the Maple models. The finish is slightly different on these models; the Maple versions received Sunburst shading on the top and back, but the Mahogany one is shaded only on the top.

This Gibson ES-175D dates to January 18, 1989 and is from this group of guitars. It is in very good, clean and original condition with light wear and oxidation to the nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Fret wear is very light and the chromed metal parts have only light tarnish. This guitar plays well, feels and sounds like an ES-175D.

The original hard shell case is included.

Price: $5,500.00 CAD
  • Model: ES-175D
  • Year: 1989
  • Finish Sunburst
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 80189540, dated to January 18 1989 at Nashville TN
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 13/01/2023

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 7.26lbs 3.3kg
  • Scale Length: 24.75in 628.6mm
  • Nut Width: 1.686in 42.84mm
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