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Gibson / ES-175 N / 1953 / Blonde / Guitar For Sale

A Gibson archtop with P-90 pickups are probably the perfect combination, a partnership that set the bar for amplified guitar tone throughout much of the 50’s and remains so influential. Introduced in 1949 as a mid level archtop, the ES-175's all laminate construction meant that costs could be kept down and also the first Kalamazoo design to feature a Florentine cutaway. Available as standard with a sunburst finish, the Blonde finish could be ordered at an additional cost.

Introducing a truly special find - an original 1953 Gibson ES-175 N in rare, original blonde finish, complete with its original hard case. This is a nice and sought-after model, liked by musicians and collectors alike.

As you can see from the photos, the guitar itself is in great  shape. The top, back and sides show hardly any wear. There is the expected checking but nothing beyond that..

The neck too is in excellent shape with hardly any wear on the fretboard. The original frets have some life left in them. The binding is in good shape with nos ins of cracking.

The hardware and plastics are in good condition. The pickguard hasn't warped. The original bridge is in the case, the one currently fitted has been compensated for unwound g string.

The electrics look to be all correct.

The body is crafted from high-quality maple, with a comfortable and resonant hollow design that produces a rich, full-bodied sound. The neck is made from mahogany, with a smooth and fast-playing rosewood fingerboard. The guitar is outfitted with the original early P-90 single-coil pickup, which were hand-wound and highly sought-after for their distinctive tone. These pickups have a clear, bright character that cuts through the mix and delivers a rich, harmonic sound with a touch of grit and edge.

The original Liftonhard case is also included, adding to the collectible value of this rare instrument. The case is in good condition and has protected the guitar throughout its life.

Tonally, this guitar is quite lively. As you’d expect, it’s loud acoustically, exhibiting a pleasing woody tone which comes across when amplified. The neck pickup brings out the character of the guitar which is all you could ask for..

Overall, this 1953 Gibson ES-175 N in blonde finish is a true gem of a guitar, offering unmatched tone and playability, along with a rare and collectible provenance. It is an excellent investment for any serious musician or collector looking to add a piece of history to their collection.

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.

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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