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Friday, April 9, 2010


via this auction
"Available for your consideration is a very late 1959 Gibson ES-175 D. This stunning near mint all original example's serial number is A 31786 stamped on both it's original orange label and on the rear of the original hangtag. She was 1 of 324 made for 1959 with long magnet,(north pointing), PATENT APPLIED FOR pickups with nickle covers, the same as a Les Paul STD or ES-335 TD/N.

D model ES-175's with 2 PAF's are few and far between, just check ebay and you will see that almost all of the 1957 to 1960's that are available are the single Pickup model, (ES 175). Another point of interest as I look at the other 175's are that they don't have the correct original cases to spite the sellers claim. ES 175's take a unique 16 1/4" case. As I look through the other auctions the guitars are in either 16" OR 17" CASES if you look closely!! Another issue are these so claimed "original tags". If they don't have BOTH the model number and serial number stamped with the same FONT as the serial numbers on either the headstock, orange Tag, or FON the chances are the TAG is NOT AN ORIGINAL.

The PAF's read an astounding 8.4 K ohms and 8.9K ohms. They have never had the original covers removed, or even been out of the surrounds, and they have near perfect stickers. We value a virgin dead mint pair of, (actual and provable) 1959 Nickle covered PAFs and 1959 harness at $10,000 +.

The original sunburst finish is exceptionally strong and not faded. There is NO checking. The original frets are as new! The tuners are really nice with no bent shafts and just enough discoloration so you know they are not Uncle Lou tips as is common place here on EBAY. The knobs are exceptionally clean.

The following parts are also common to a 1957 to 1960 Les Paul Standards; The tuners, Pickup rings,( as on a Goldtop, Custom or ES335), Knobs, Harness, Hardware and Switch Tip. We see easily $20K to $25K's worth of parts here.

Comes with real original hang tag, correct , vintage, exceedingly rare Gibson white archtop strap, Gibson mona strings, cord and correct GIBSON brown 16 1/4" OHSC. A very nice complete package in time capsule condition."

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