1970 Gibson ES-175D

Electric acoustic guitar

Gibson ES-175D description | ES-175 Catalogue appearances | ES-175 timeline

1954 ES-175 | 1966 ES-175D | 1967 ES-175D | 1970 ES-175D | 1974 ES-175D | 1979 ES-175D

1974 Gibson ES-175D front view
1974 Gibson ES-175D rear view
1970 Gibson electric acoustics catalogue

The Gibson electric acoustics catalogue from 1970

Model: 1970 Gibson ES-175D
Pickups: Two Gibson Humbuckers
Scale: 24 3/4"
Body: Maple top back and sides
Neck: Three piece laminate mahogany. 20 frets. Width at nut 1 11/16"
Hardware: Chrome-plated. Gibson tune-o-matic bridge, bail tailpiece. Individual closed-gear Kluson 320-VP tuning keys

This 1970 Gibson ES-175 is a real beauty. The Cherry Sunburst finish would more often be seen on an ES-125TC or TDC; the ES-175D is more typically an amber to near black burst. Natural and Sunburst are the only options in the 1970 price lists and the 1970 Gibson electric acoustics catalogue. ES-175D shipping figures show 298 Sunburst instruments against 54 Natural for 1970.

Typical 1970 features: three-piece mahogany neck, six-digit stamped serial number with MADE IN USA below it. 1950s style tailpiece, witch-hat control knobs, crown inlay positioned centrally on the headstock.

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 humbucker pickups (part numbers 13515 and 13516) and Kluson 320-VP machine heads.

The 1970 US price for the ES-175D was $525.

1970 Gibson ES-175D bound front back and neck
The full-bodied (3 3/8" depth) ES-175D with Florentine cutaway, bound front, back and neck.
1970 Gibson ES-175D headstock and neck detail
Gibson headstock with inlaid mother-of-pearl logo and crown motif. Pearloid split parallelogram position markers.
1970 Gibson ES-175D machine head detail
The ES-175D was fitted with three-per side individual closed gear Kluson 320-VP tuners with plastic keys.
1970 Gibson ES-175D reverse headstock detail
The reverse of the ES-175 headstock holds the six-digit stamped serial number - and in guitars produced from 1970 the words 'MADE IN USA'.
1970 Gibson ES-175D rear body detail
The reverse of this guitar has the same beautiful two-tone Cherry Sunburst as the body front; the sides are walnut brown, with cream binding front and back.
1970 Gibson ES-175D in faultless case
The ES-175 case shipped in three different cases - this is the Faultless Plush lined 515 case, with (as was typical of the period) gold lining.

Images courtesey of justgreatguitars.com

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