Gibson ES-175T Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1978)

Gibson  ES-175T Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1978)

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Gibson ES-175T Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1978), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 70518136, cherry lacquer finish, laminated maple body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

Take the ES-175D and reduce the body depth by half? Sounds like a great idea, and that's just what Gibson did in the mid-1970s, resulting in this very attractive and playable thinline hollowbody guitar. Essentially a fancier version of the 1960s ES-125TD but with humbucking pickups, this guitar makes an excellent thinline jazz instrument that shades easily into vintage Rock'n'Roll or Americana stylings.

If released in 1964 this guitar would have been a real winner, excellent competition for the likes of Guild's Starfire and the Gretsch Tennessean. Sadly Gibson waited over a decade and only produced this well-thought out model from 1976-79, by which time most of their output was solidbodies. This makes the ES-175T a rather rare find today with only 267 total "Wine Red" examples ever produced -- all of 36 in 1978! One of the best 1970s ideas from Gibson, this easy-handling, great-playing and -sounding guitar counts as one of the company's most underrated and sadly ignored models -- another example of the right idea at the wrong time.
 
Overall length is 41 1/4 in. (104.8 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

All original and quite clean overall, with just some light wear, mostly small dings, chips, and scuffs to the finish. Oddly enough the lacquer is rubbed off the bass side of the neck by the fingerboard somewhat, but not at all on the treble side. There is a small inexplicable lamination check inside the cutaway on the side, but no repairs evident. The frets show some light wear but this remains an excellent player and a nice example of this undeservedly rare and very cool guitar. Overall Excellent + Condition.