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Gibson ES-175 Guitar Review

You’ve been listening to this guitar since you were a kid. Now check it out…the most popular guitar of the jazz world.

The Gibson ES-175 is an iconic jazz guitar that has been a favorite of musicians since its introduction in 1949. With its laminated maple body, stylish pointed cutaway, and transparent finishes (sunburst with gold hardware or antique natural with nickel), it has always been an attractive and elegant instrument. The top, back, and fretboard of the ES-175 are all bound, and the trapeze tailpiece and parallelogram fretboard inlays add a touch of class to the guitar’s already impressive appearance.

The ES-175 is renowned for its comfortable body size, which makes it easy to play for extended periods. Its traditional Gibson design features two ’57 Classic humbuckers that deliver huge helpings of tone. These pickups are known for their warm, rich sound that is perfect for jazz, and they are also versatile enough to handle other genres of music.

Overall, the Gibson ES-175 is a guitar that is steeped in history and tradition. It has been played by some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time and continues to be a popular choice for players today. With its elegant design, comfortable feel, and excellent tone, it’s easy to see why the ES-175 has remained a classic instrument for over 70 years. The guitar comes with a hardshell case, ensuring that it will be protected for years to come.

Features + Technical Specs

Body & Hardware

  • Plain laminated maple top
  • Curly laminated maple back and rims
  • 16″ (W) X 20.5″(L) X 3.5″ (D)
  • Multi-ply binding on top,single-ply binding on back
  • Nickel hardware
  • ABR-1 bridge, trapeze tailpiece
  • Amber tophat Knobs

Neck & Headstock

  • 1-piece mahogany neck
  • 20 fret Rosewood fingerboard, Width at 12th fret 2.062″
  • Peghead Pitch: 17°
  • Thickness at 1st fret: 0.635″
  • Thickness at 12th fret: 0.780″
  • Heel Length: 0.625″
  • Neck Joint Location: 14th fret
  • Headstock Inlay: Holly
  • Pearl split parallelogram inlays
  • Single-ply binding
  • 175-style neck profile
  • 24 3/4″ scale length; 1 11/16″ nut width
  • Vintage Tulip tuners

Electronics & Strings

  • ’57 Classic humbucking pickups
  • 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch
  • Brite Wire .010-.046 Strings


  • Antique Natural, Vintage Sunburst, Wine Red

These musical instruments offer includes Case

  • Includes black levant case
  • Exterior: Black smooth levant hardshell
  • Interior: Charcoal Plush
  • Silkscreen: Gold ‘Gibson’ logo

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