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Gibson ES-175 Chronology

Significant events in the production of this model

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

YEAR PRICE NOTES
1949 ES-175 $175

The one-pickup ES-175 was launched in 1949 with a price of $175. It was unveiled at the Music Trades convention in the Summer of 1949. The Gibson Gazette of October that year described it as follows:

Another new cutaway addition is the Es-175 - Gibson's first popular-priced Electric Spanish cutaway. A perfect find for your advanced students and new professionals who will appreciate the short scale length and fast action, as well as the $175 price

1950
1951
1952
1953 1953 July 1st
ES-175 $195
ES-175N $210
ES-175D $250
ES-175DN $265
  • Launch of the two pickup ES-175D
  • Peak production year of the single pickup ES-175
1954 1954 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $205
ES-175N $220
ES-175D $265
ES-175DN $280
1955
1956
  • Control knobs changed to the Les Paul-style "1958" knobs
1957 1957 July 15th
ES-175 $235
ES-175N $250
ES-175D $290
ES-175DN $305
  • Single coil pickups replaced by "Patent Applied For" humbuckers
  • Early 50s-style tailpiece replaced with a new zig-zag style version
1958 1958 Gibson catalogue
ES-175 $235
ES-175N $250
ES-175D $290
ES-175DN $305

1958 Gibson catalogue
The 1958 Gibson catalogue features both the single pickup and twin pickup ES-175 models. Interestingly, only the 175D is pictured with humbuckers. It is true that the twin-pickup instrument did away with the single coil P90s first, however this situation did not last long.

1959 1959 Nov. 1st
ES-175 $249.50
ES-175D $310
ES-175DN $325

The November 1959 pricelist did not list the Natural-finished ES-175, and indeed, shipping figures show no such instruments shipped, although the last five were shipped in 1960.

1960 1960 Gibson catalogue ES-175 $249.50
ES-175D $310
ES-175DN $325

1960 Gibson catalogue
The 1960 Gibson catalogue.

  • Control knobs changed to bell knobs with metal inserts (although this is not shown until the 1963 catalogue)
1961 1961 June 1st
ES-175 $249.50
ES-175D $310
ES-175DN $325

1961 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $275
ES-175D $340
ES-175DN $355
1962 1962 Gibson catalogue ES-175 $275
ES-175D $340
ES-175DN $355

1962 Gibson catalogue
The 1962 Gibson catalogue.

  • 1962/63 "Patent Applied For" humbuckers are replaced with "Patent Number" humbuckers
1963 1963 July 15th
ES-175 $275
ES-175D $340
ES-175DN $355

1963 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $295
ES-175D $365
ES-175DN $380

1963 Gibson catalogue
The 1963 Gibson catalogue.














1963 Gibson ES-175D with Bigsby vibrato
1963 Gibson ES-175D with Bigsby vibrato

1964 1964 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $315
ES-175D $390
ES-175DN $405
1965 1965 Feb. 1st
ES-175 $315
ES-175D $390
ES-175DN $405

1965 June 22nd
ES-175 $315
ES-175D $390
ES-175DN $405
  • Hardware is changed over from nickel-plated to chrome plated. This change is gradual, starting with the two pickup models. Instruments with stock chrome and nickel parts are probable during this changeover period.
1966 1966 April 1st
ES-175 $315
ES-175D $390
ES-175DN $405

1966 Oct 1st
ES-175 $350
ES-175D $425
ES-175DN $450

1966 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish
1966 Gibson catalogue
1966 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish

1967 1967 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $375
ES-175D $450
ES-175DN $475

1967 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish
1967 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish

  • Sparkling Burgundy finish available
  • Witch-hat knobs replace bell knobs
1968 1968 June 1st
ES-175 $405
ES-175D $495
ES-175DN $535
  • Ebony finish available
1969 1969 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $435
ES-175D $525
ES-175DN $565
  • Mahogany necks are now a three-piece laminate
1970 1970 March 1st
ES-175 $435
ES-175D $525
ES-175DN $565

1970 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $435
ES-175D $525
ES-175DN $565

1970 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish
1970 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish

  • MADE IN USA now stamped below the serial number












1970 Gibson electric acostics catalogue

The 1970 Gibson electric acostics catalogue was the last Gibson catalogue to mention the one-pickup ES-175

1971 1971 June 26th
ES-175D $525
ES-175DN $565

1971 Nov. 22nd
ES-175D $555 (both finishes)
  • 1971/72 The word Gibson is engraved on some pickup covers
1972 1972 Oct. 15th
ES-175D $575
1972 Gibson Showcase leaflet - ES-175D

In 1972 Gibson produced a range of flyers, the Guitar of the Month Showcase; each detailing a different high-end Gibson model. The ES-175 was naturally included - ES-175-D Showcase brochure.

1973 1973 June 1st
ES-175D $600
1974 1974 Feb. 1st
ES-175D $600

1974 May 1st
ES-175D $659

1974 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish
1974 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish

1975 1975 Jan. 1st
ES-175D $699

1975 June 20th
ES-175D $699

1975 Nov. 1st
ES-175D $729

1975 Gibson electric acoustic catalogue
The 1975 Gibson electric acoustic catalogue

1976 1976 Mar. 1st
ES-175D $729

1976 June 1st
ES-175D $729
  • Mahogany necks replaced with maple, still three-piece, but now with volute
1977 1977 Jan. 1st
ES-175D $789
  • 1977 Rosewood compensated bridge replaced with a tune-o-matic adjustable bridge. This is still free-floating with a rosewood base.
  • Machine heads are now Schaller-made and embossed with the word Gibson. Part number 82549.
  • Eight digit serial number stamped into the rear of the headstock.
1978 1978 May 15th
ES-175D $799

1978 Gibson catalogue
The 1978 Gibson catalogue showed the original ES-175D, but also included the new ES-175/CC with single Charlie Christian pickup; this catalogue was produced towards the end of 1978, and the Charlie Christian model didn't ship until 1979.

1979 1979 Jan. 1st
ES-175D $849

1979 June 1st
ES-175D $849

1979 Sept. 30th
ES-175D $949

1979 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish
1979 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish

1980 1980 Jan. 7th
ES-175D $1049
1980 Jul. 1st ES-175D $1049

1980 Gibson catalogue
The 1980 Gibson catalogue.

1981 1981 Apr. 1st ES-175D $1249
1981 Gibson ES-175DN, Natural finish

1981 Gibson ES-175DN, Natural finish

1982 1982 Jan. 1st
ES-175D $1399
1982 June 1st
ES-175D $1399
1983 1983 Jan. 1st
ES-175D $1399
1983 Jun. 15th
ES-175D $1399

1983 Gibson catalogue
The 1983 Gibson catalogue.

  • Maple neck changed back to mahogany
  • Maple back and rims changed to mahogany

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