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Steve Howe

Gibson Steve Howe Signature ES-175 :: Electric Guitars Reviews

a vast realm of tonal possibilities opened up by one of rock’s most creative guitarists.

As a member of the English band Yes, Steve’s tasteful, eclectic guitar parts helped define a new style of music known as art rock and the Gibson Steve Howe Signature ES-175 Guitar celebrates the achievements of the man who elevated rock guitar into an art form.

Based on the ’64 ES-175 that was Steve’s first good guitar and the one to which he has returned throughout his long career, this stunning signature model features everything Steve loves best. It has a maple top, back, and sides; split-parallelogram mother-of-pearl inlays on a rosewood fretboard; full body and neck binding; inlaid ebony bridge base; unique nickel T-trapeze; and two ’57 Classic humbuckers on this musical instrument.

Includes independent volume and tone controls with a 3-way toggle. Deep, rich tone rings out from a full hollowbody with a deep cutaway for easy high-fret access.

In later solo albums, Steve Howe emerged as an accomplished jazz player. His guitar collection has been the subject of a book, and his instruments have been exhibited in museums. Through it all, his favorite instrument has always been his 1964 Gibson ES-175, and his signature guitar is modeled after his personal guitar.

Features + Technical Specs

Body & Hardware

  • Plain laminated maple top, back and rims
  • 16″ (W) X 20.5″(L) X 3.5″ (D)
  • Multi-ply binding on top, single-ply binding on back
  • Vintage Suburst finish Nickel hardware
  • Nashville TOM bridge, 175-style tailpiece Black Speed 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
  • Pearloid split parallelogram inlays
  • Single-ply binding
  • 175-style neck profile
  • 24 3/4″ scale length; 1 11/16″ nut width
  • Grover Keystone tuners

Electronics & Strings

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


  • ’64 Vintage Sunburst

These musical instruments offer includes Case

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

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