The Gibson electric acoustics catalogue from 1970
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.
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