1966 Gibson full line catalogue The guitar pictured in the 1966 catalogue is identical to the instrument pictured above.
The modern cutaway design provides easy access to the entire fret range. Easy to play and comfortable to hold, the ES-175D produces a brilliant distortion-free tone
The guitar pictured is a typical example of a 1966 Gibson ES-175D; it's one of 382 Sunburst guitars produced that year, compared to 55 with Natural finish. The three tone sunburst amber/red/black is repeated on both sides of the instrument, whilst the sides are walnut brown.
Typical 1966 features: one-piece mahogany neck, six-digit stamped serial number without MADE IN USA below it. Zig-zag tailpiece and crown inlay positioned above centre on the headstock. The controls are topped with gold bell control knobs with metal inserts.
Other features unchanged from earlier ES-175 versions: maple top, back and sides. Bound front and back, with a bound neck and split parallelogram inlays. Patent number (early T-top) humbucker pickups and Kluson 320-VP machine heads.
The 1966 US price for the ES175D was $425.
All hardware is chrome-plated - including the pickups, and zig-zag taipiece; the control knobs are gold bell-type - two volume and two tone controls - one for each pickup. The three-way pickup selector switch on the top bout of the guitar body operates in typical Gibson style: up, neck pickup only; down, bridge pickup only; middle, both pickups.
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