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Gibson / ES-175 D / 1956 / Sunburst / Guitar

When it comes to vintage Gibson electric arch tops we do generally think the P-90 is probably the perfect combination to put in one of these, in fact you could argue the P-90 was designed to go in a Gibson archtop, the first ones having been fitted to the arch tops of the 40’s. If you are looking for a smooth, mellow tone that envelopes the listener with comforting warmth then a 50’s P-90 equipped Gibson archtop will fit the bill more than adequately.

This example is a near MINT 1956 ES-175D in exceptional condition. It is all original and is just a beautiful guitar from every angle and a pure bundle of joy to play and listen to. There is not a thing out of place aside from the strap buttons but the originals are in the case pocket. The finish, which is ever so lightly checked in places, is strong, vibrant and as shiny as it probably looked not long after it was born in around mid 1956.

There is virtually no fade on the beautiful two tone tobacco sunburst finish and the only real things that prevent us from describing it as totally MINT are a small ding just by the top F hole and a mark on the back of the neck which looks like some kind of stand burn plus some small dings on the headstock edges. There is also a small mark on the neck P-90 plastic cover that you will struggle to see most of the time.

Original frets and fingerboard are prefect with no wear at all, no doubt aided by a lifetime of flat wound strings. The action is at the moment set really low and we would probably advise rating it slightly but at least you can be confident in the fact it can go this low without issue.

The case is a lovely, Lifton brown case with the brown/purple lining reminiscent of the Odeon Cinema interiors I spent some of my early youth in. This case also has a padded handle protector that makes it nice to carry.

In our opinion, probably the finest incarnation of a classic 50’s ES-175D and an exceptional example. If you are looking for one of these, we really think you will struggle to find a nicer one…

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ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

Hello we’re ATB Guitars formally known as Atoyboy Guitars

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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