The ES175 (it was originally offered for sale at $175) is Gibson’s longest running guitar in continuous production, unbroken since its launch in 1949. Solid testament to how right they got it from the off, and how enduring a design they created.
The ES175 was and remains the jazz guitarist’s standard, though the definitive model is from ’58-61 with PAF humbucking pickups. This is one of the 829 single-pickup sunburst ES175’s shipped in ’53, when they were fitted with the gnarly, barking early P-90, fat round necks and the narrower frets of the period.
It’s clearly been a workman’s guitar, and shows some finish peeling from sweat absorption on the rear upper bout. It passed through New York dealer Matt Umanov at some point. It plays and projects beautifully and I bet it could tell a tale or two. All original, down to the single ring tuner buttons characteristic of the time. Original brown hard case with less common green baize lining, in fair condition.