1972 Gibson ES-175D

Here’s a vintage 1972 Gibson ES-175D hollowbody electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 744729, is in very nice, 100% all original, condition and includes the original hard shell case. Manufactured during the brief year-long period during which Gibson adorned their electric guitars with Gibson logo-embossed pickups, this Norlin-era instrument is one of a very limited quantity to have such a unique aesthetic. Recently purchased from the original owner, this guitar has never been circulated. Interestingly, it is perhaps the cleanest instrument with the most playing hours of any we’ve seen, as it was used extensively, yet meticulously maintained.

Serial Number: 744729
Nut Width: 1 11/16″
Weight: 7 lbs. 2 oz.

This ’72 Gibson ES-175 features; the original cherry sunburst top finish with walnut stained back and sides, a double-bound laminated maple body construction, a 3-piece mahogany neck with a transitional low profile volute, a rosewood fingerboard with double-parallelogram inlays, (2) Pat. No. sticker humbucking pickups with chrome Gibson-embossed covers, a rosewood-base adjustable Tune-O-Matic bridge with original brass saddles and retaining wire, the original trapeze tailpiece, crown headstock inlay, double-line Kluson Deluxe “Gibosn” tuning machines, a 1 11/16″ nut width, black witch hat knobs, “Made in USA” stamp with very small volute, the Gibson pantograph headstock logo (’69-’84), and the original black Gibson hard shell case with pink interior.

As previously mentioned, while it appears clean and crisp, the previous (original) owner played this guitar a lot, the result of which has manifested in significant fingerboard and fret wear. With highly visible indentations on both the fretboard and the frets themselves, it is quite clear that the original owner played with a heavy-handed jazz chord style. Otherwise, there is a highly concentrated slim area near the upper bass bout on the back of the body, where persistent playing wear has created a sliver of wear through the original clear coat top finish. Aside from those two obvious cosmetic flaws, there are other expected random dings, superficial dents, light scratches, etc., but nothing that is distracting enough to specifically detail.

This is a no issues ES-175 with no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, and no modifications. Playable as it is, there is the imminent possibility that this guitar will need to be re-fretted. It feels fantastic, and the pickups, most likely T-tops, sound incredible. It appears that the original bridge pickup lead was damaged, so there is electrical tape around it, along with a non-factory shielded ground wire, which was patched onto the originally soldered ground. No solder has been touched nor affected by this simple resolve to what was most likely an accidental removal of the ground wire.

Though commonly known as a hollowbody, this guitar is full of tone. With beautiful acoustic properties, as well as, an electronic configuration like that of a Les Paul, the ES-175 is a beautifully rich instrument, with a special personality.

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