Posted by Dan on
- November 24, 2014 at 8:18 pm #1452
Thought id share my new guitar with everyone. I dont know how to post pics on here so I will just link my instagram and there is a picture there it should be the first one.
Its a 54 es 175. I never thought id ever be able to own something like this. I sold two guitars I never played and some cash I had saved from gigs to buy it. It came from a vintage guitar near by where I live and was owned by a greek fellow who played in a wedding/cabaret band back in the day and he since passed away I believe. Anyways just thought id share with you guys.
DanNovember 25, 2014 at 2:37 am #1454
Damn, and a blond one too (double damn)! I still dream of a vintage p90 gibson hollowbody. Just played the VOS ES330 in a local shop, I thought it was soso at best.
Dan, could you post a video maybe? 😉
November 25, 2014 at 3:49 am #1457
- This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by blue_lu.
Very Cool! You will enjoy it. I have a few vintage hollow body guitars and they are just cool to have. They age well like all acoustic instruments when played a lot. Age just seems to affect them so much more than solid bodies. You definitely have one that will become a good investment for you.November 25, 2014 at 7:56 am #1458
That’s soooo nice!November 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm #1459
Just a little jealous! Looks beautiful. I think that guitar is gonna be happy in your hands.November 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm #1466
I hope so man.. I hope I can do it a little justice. Heres a quick bit of pickin on it although hard to do it any justice with a video from my phone haha.November 28, 2014 at 12:21 am #1468
Oh man, that guitar looks beau-ti-ful!
Nice sounds, too! Thanks for the clip.November 28, 2014 at 4:41 am #1471
Very pretty guitar. Sounds as good as it looks.January 15, 2015 at 7:09 am #1681
That’s a great find Dan. I know you’re loving it. The other day I picked up this jewel so now I can’t afford to download Tommy’s new EP. Guess I’ll get it at the beginning of the month. Congrats on that Tommy. I did hear the one cut on Reverbnation. Awesome playing and tone. Anyway, I got this from a guy in Memphis who got it from the guy in the video about 6 months ago. It has a great refret and a reproduction pickguard, and tailpiece. The pickups are original but the wiring harness isn’t. The forward knob on these is a tone control but right now it’s acting like a master volume. I did a search for a wiring diagram and haven’t found one yet. Does anyone know where I might locate one? Right now I’m using my amp controls for all tone adjustments.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9TtBusZIdEApril 20, 2015 at 7:08 pm #2044
I’m fortunate to live just down the street from Guitar Center Hollywood, and their vintage room is always full of beautiful archtops. I recently played a ’54 ES-295 sunburst that I went nuts for. Also a late 30’s ES-150 (with the Charlie Christian, of course.) But I haven’t played 175 yet.April 21, 2015 at 7:31 pm #2052
Oh man! I love my 175. I have a mid 50’s single pickup 175. The 295 is the same thing as 175 except gold. I didn’t know that gibson made a sunburst 295. Does anyone know the difference between a sunburst 295, and a sunburst 175?April 22, 2015 at 4:13 am #2057
Well the original difference between the sunburst es-175 and the es-295 was the 295 had two pickups. At the time the 295 was made the 175 only came in one pickup, and the 295 was the only available in gold. The 295 was introduced in 52′. The 175D wasn’t introduced until 53’because of the request for dual pickups after the 295 was released. When they started to make the sunburst 295 the only difference was ornamentation. The 295 had the flowered pick guard and the wrap around bar trapeze tail piece. Outside that they are the same guitar construction wise.
If you do not know the story of how the ES-295, and the Les Paul Gold Top came about you should look into it. Very heart warming story. I read it in a Les Paul Biography years ago, and Vintage Guitar recently featured the story again briefly in an article they did on the famous guitars of Scotty Moore and Elvis Presley. Everyone knows that the Les Paul came out in Gold because that is what he wanted, but most people think it is just because he just liked gold. They also do not realize that the ES-295 was his doing as well, and that both the Les Paul Gold Top and the ES-295 are the result of one man/incident in Les Paul’s life.
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