VG+ / SN: A-20335
OHSC / P90
1954 Gibson ES-175D. The guitar features a maple back and sides, spruce top, and mahogany neck. The sides are stained dark tobacco brown, while the neck is stained medium brown. The top is made of spruce. The instrument exhibits original patina and is in very good plus to excellent minus condition.
The top of the guitar showcases a beautiful sienna-burgundy sunburst finish. It transitions from a burgundy brown to a reddish amber, and finally to a large, bright yellow amber in the center. The finish has checking all over, and there are some areas where the finish has flaked due to scraping. Please note that these details will be evident in the photographs. The only overspray or added finish appears around the jack area, where some small cracks were excellently repaired.
The peghead features a blackened veneer with the “Gibson” pearl logo at the top and a Gibson crown in the center. There is a truss rod access point covered by an original truss rod cover with original screws. It also has a bone nut and unmarked tuners. The G string tuner may be a replacement, but it is a good match.
The Brazilian rosewood fingerboard has pearloid parallelogram inlays and is bound with cream binding that has aged nicely with an attractive patina. The frets are non-original and are in excellent condition with only minor signs of use in the lower positions. There are dark side dot position markers in case you get lost during a blazing Wes Montgomery exploration. A strap button has been professionally installed on the heel.
The guitar is equipped with the two original P90 dog-ear pickups with original screw. Original Brazilian rosewood bridge, an original trapeze tailpiece, and what appears to be the original pickguard. The pickguard is white-black-white-black with beveled edges and cutouts for the P90 pickups. The electronics, including the pickup switches and knobs, are believed to be original.
There is a decal reading “GLEN” in all capitals on the bass side of the body near the end of the fingerboard. Someone named Glen (or perhaps someone who lived in a valley) proudly owned this guitar and had leftover mailbox stickers.
The cream binding on the guitar has a black accent line and runs along the top edge of the body. On the back, there is a single band of cream binding. The body features the sharp Florentine cutaway with a large cream triangle at the tip. The guitar shows no signs of separated binding. The neck shows significant wear but has no added finish.
This 1954 Gibson ES175 is truly a stunning instrument with its patina, cream binding, beautiful sunburst finish, original components, and extra personality à la GLEN. The original hard case is included, along with an additional normal case.