Vintage 1968 Gibson ES-175D - Brazilian RW & Natural Finish - Tons of MOJO - Amazing Jazz Tones

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1968 Gibson ES-175
SN#: 526668
Weight: 6 lbs 8.6 oz's
Comes in a Brand New Gibson Hard Case
All original Vintage Beauty

Known as the workhorse of jazz guitars, the Gibson ES-175 is an iconic hollow body electric guitar that is loved by many.  With its recognizable sound that has been imitated by many guitar manufacturers, but seldom duplicated, it is easy to see why legendary guitarists in the worlds of jazz, blues, rock, and fusion have made this model their go-to guitar.

This guitar is oozing vintage Gibson MOJO and it will be difficult to put down once placed in your hands. It is over half a century old and has weather checking all over. It is all original, apart from a professional re-fret and simply put, it is so sweet to play. (Please see pictures)

Gibson ES-175 Natural

The Gibson ES-175 is associated with jazz greats like Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, and Joe Pass, however, its versatile tone and ability to take distortion, has made it a favorite of fusion and rock guitarists like Steve Howe (Yes) and Buck Dharma, who played an ES-175 on Blue Oyster Cult’s classic, "Don’t Fear the Reaper."

It can be said that the Gibson ES-175 anticipated a new era in jazz history, constantly stretching the boundaries of music into new territories. To achieve its characteristic clarity of tone, the ES-175 is generally played with the volume and tone dialed down a bit to allow it to ring through with its usual warmth. The ES-175 is unique among hollow body archtops for its ability to deal with higher volume levels without excessive feedback.


Laminated maple top, reinforced with two parallel braces

Laminated maple back and sides

Mahogany back and sides (1983-1990)

16 ¼“ wide and 3 ½” deep

Triple binding on top

Single binding on back

Unbound f-holes

Florentine cutaway


One-piece mahogany

Three-piece maple neck (1976-1981)

Scale length – 24 3/4″


Solid Brazilian rosewood

20 frets (the models before 1956 had 19 frets)

Double parallelogram inlays


Compensated rosewood bridge

Tune-o-Matic bridge on rosewood base


One single-coil P-90 (1949-1953)

Alnico V pickups (rare)

Two single-coils P-90 (1953-1957)

Two humbuckers – from the original PAF humbuckers to ’57 Classic humbuckers (1957-present)

P-94 pickups – single coil pickups in a humbucker casing (rare).


Nickel trapeze tailpiece

Zig-zag tailpiece (more prevalent from 1957 to 1967)


Humbuckers (1957-2017)

Starting in 1957, the standard pickup of ES-175s became humbuckers, designed by Gibson engineer Seth Lover.

A humbucker has double coils that cancel out (or buck) mains hum (60-cycle hum).

Humbuckers are also known as PAF pickups because until 1962 they had a sticker at the back that said: “Patent Applied For”.

Later in 1962, the standard hollow body pickups became Patent No. humbuckers.

The humbuckers in the ’80s were designed by Gibson engineer Tim Shaw and were the forerunners of the ’57 Classic pickups that are still used today. These ’57 Classic humbuckers are made to the same specifications as the original PAFs.

PAF humbucker pickup


The standard Gibson neck used on ES-175s and other Gibson guitars went through a few changes in size and shape over the years.

A lot of people are a fan of the chunkier necks of the early years, compared to the thinner necks that emerged in the 60s.

1949-1959 – the necks of this time period, also known as “baseball bats”, are considered the best by many because they are large and comfortable. Neck width is 1 11/16″, measured at the nut.
1960-1962 – these necks feel very thin, which makes playing them harder on the hands.
1963-1964 – back to a larger neck, but not as large as the 50s-era necks.
1965-1967 – these necks, also known as “pencil necks”, are very small because the nut width is reduced (1 9/16″).
1968-present – nut width is changed back to 1 11/16″ and the back of the neck has the same size as those from the 1963-1964 period.


Gibson produced the ES-175 from 1949 to 2017, the longest production run of an electric guitar.

The ES-175 was designed to be a cheaper laminate alternative to the L-5 and an electric alternative to the L-4.

Because of the rise of electric guitars, acoustic volume was not a priority anymore. This allowed guitar builders to use laminated (thin pieces of wood glued together) maple instead of solid spruce for the tops.

The laminate construction resulted in a lighter guitar (2,52 kg / 5.55 lbs) with less feedback compared to solid wood guitars.

The first Gibson ES-175 models cost $175 and that’s where these guitars get their name from. ES stands for Electric Spanish.

It has just been professionally set up and dialed in for optimal playability and tone. It has low action with no buzzing or dead spots and is an absolute joy to play. It has been deep cleaned and detailed. All guitars will arrive looking and playing great. The frets have been dressed/polished and the fingerboard was cleaned. (Unfinished Rosewood and Ebony boards get treated with Fret Doctor - a proprietary all natural oil that is the best on the market) It was professionally set up and has brand new strings, the action was adjusted, the intonation is spot on and it plays excellent. All the electronics work flawlessly.

* Neck is perfectly straight and the truss rod works with no issues

* Intonation is spot-on

* It has been professionally set up with nice low action & new American made strings.

* If needed, the frets will be dressed leveled & crowned

* All frets are polished prior to shipping when they are set up - They will shine like new!

***Please note that international shipping prices listed are minimum quotes in some cases. Certain countries are more expensive and will require additional shipping costs. Express services such as UPS, DHL & FedEx are also available, Please contact me for a personalized quote.

About Us

The Guitar Dude is a THREE time and Current 2021 NAMM Top 100 Dealer in the world who has been selling some of the nicest guitars on the planet since 2010. Known for the most Killer Flame Top Gibson 1959 Les Pauls Reissues and classic Fender guitars of all eras. I make beautiful guitar porn, please follow me on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter


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7 day return policy as per Reverb guidelines, BUT intentions of the return must be communicated in writing within 3 day of receiving the guitar as indicated by the tracking. Unless the guitar is not as described, ORIGINAL/RETURN SHIPPING CHARGES WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. The guitar MUST BE RETURNED IN THE EXACT CONDITION it was received or it is subject to a restocking fee. I am not a big chain shop, I hope you understand.


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I offer a super relaxed layaway plan on certain guitars, that can be custom built to fit your budget and needs. It can be extended beyond 30 days in certain situations. If you are interested in a layaway plan, please contact me for full details.

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Listed6 days ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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