The Gibson Herb Ellis model was introduced in 1991 as a tribute to the celebrated player, and it’s been one of Gibson’s most popular jazz guitars ever since. The design harks back to the original 1949 ES-175, which was fitted with a single pickup until 1951. By 1971 the single pickup 175 was discontinued altogether, making the originals highly prized by jazz purists. This example is the original version from 1997, complete with the built-in humbucking pickup. As this model was later supplied only with a floating pickup, these originals have become highly sought after by players and collectors alike. Excellent condition, just light finish wear, comes in the original case.

Features include:

  • Body size at lower bout: 16″
  • Scale length: 24 3/4″
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16″
  • Flame maple top, sides and back
  • Solid mahogany neck
  • Solid rosewood fingerboard
  • Dual-parallelogram mother of pearl fingerboard inlay and thistle peghead inlay
  • Triple bound top
  • Bound back
  • Gold hardware
  • Grover Rotomatic tulip key tuners
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • Tuneomatic bridge
  • Gibson 490R humbucking pickup
  • Beveled 5-ply pickguard
  • Gold speed knobs
  • Hardshell Included

Listed3 months 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
  • Herb Ellis ES-165
  • Tobacco
  • 1997
Made In
  • United States
Pickup Configuration
  • H
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Color Family
  • Brown
Body Material
  • Maple
Neck Construction
  • Set-Neck
Body Type
  • Hollow Body
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Body Shape
  • Single Cutaway
Neck Material
  • Mahogany
Offset Body
  • No
  • Herb Ellis
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Stop-Bar
  • Gibson Artist Collection
Model Family
  • Gibson ES-165
Number of Frets
  • 20

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