Here is a vintage 1968 Gibson ES-175 electric hollow body guitar. This particular example, serial number 948686, is in near mint 100% all original condition and includes the original instrument cable, tags, pick, and the original case with the case key! This pristine example looks absolutely stunning with a very attractive Tobacco Sunburst finish over a nicely figured maple top. It is in near perfect all original cosmetic condition, and is without question the most well-preserved example we have ever had the pleasure of offering online.
This ’68 ES-175 features: the original Tobacco Sunburst finish, laminated flame Maple top/back/sides, bound top and back, bound Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with double-parallelogram inlays, crown peghead inlay, chrome “T” tailpiece along with chrome hardware, “Gibson” screened logo on the pickguard (specific to ’68), the original mid-60’s era Ess & Ess hard shell case, and a small assortment of original accessories.
This guitar is both an incredible collector’s example, as well as, a remarkable player’s piece. The 1 9/16″ nut width, is not distracting, and after several minutes of playing, actually becomes quite maneuverable and comfortable. The original black “Patent No.” sticker humbucking pickups sound beautiful and efficient. The action is incredibly low, and the intonation is very accurate. The guitar is very light, and only weighs 6 lbs. and 6 oz.
Most ES-175s produced in the late-60’s feature a less-pronounced Cherry sunburst finish, and the bold Tobacco ‘Burst on this ES-175 is very reminiscent of those made in the late-’50s to early-’60s. The only noticeable condition flaw, is that the little pick wear on the pickgaurd has smeared the otherwise intact Gibson emblem. Usually, this stamp is completely removed by normal playing wear, and the fact that is survived at all is quite amazing, however, it does mar the otherwise perfect condition of the guitar. Without this flaw, we would rate the guitar at a 9.9/10.
Interestingly, this guitar’s original case and paperwork are slightly earlier, and indicate a mid-60s (c. 1965) production, but were paired with this ES-175 by “MusicLand,” the original seller of this instrument. This event is somewhat common, and in this instance, since the case pre-dates the guitar, it is actually more valuable than the era appropriate version.
ES175, ES 175