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Any ES-175's here?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Paulie13, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. MrAstro

    MrAstro Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2011
    Sydney NSW
    Thanks - Mine is June 2010 according to the serial no.
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  2. kafka

    kafka Tele-Meister

    Oct 18, 2013
    I've been playing my ~1970-71 ES-175 for 30+ years now. It was my main guitar for a long time. I'll never part with it. I've wanted a 50s with a single P90 for some time now. Maybe someday.
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  3. mad dog

    mad dog Friend of Leo's

    Jun 27, 2005
    Been looking for an ES-175 for years. All guitars are variable I guess ... sure has been the case with ES-175s. A few are amazing, while most are not. The best one I tried was an early 90s, beat, dirty, but with this totally alive feel. Should have grabbed it.

    In the meantime, I found similar guitars that totally satisfy. A Heritage H575 custom - solid maple top, a bit shallower body. Not quite the same. An early '60s Guild X-50, which is how Guild imagined that early ES-175 w/p-90, only without cutaway, less bling, slightly different pickup.

    I'd love to own a good ES-175 someday.

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  5. Marc Muller

    Marc Muller Tele-Meister

    Oct 10, 2006
    Cell phone audio doesn't do it justice. Very nice 1970 Blonde.


  6. Lobomov

    Lobomov Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 15, 2013
    Not a 175, but inspired by the 175. My '97 Ibanez Pat Metheny. They are a valid alternative to the 175 .. Great guitars! :)


  7. Frontman

    Frontman Tele-Meister

    Jul 10, 2014
    The ES-175 was the guitar I most lusted after, and I was quite happy to eventually get one. Mine is a 1990 model, and I pick it up every day. When my family and I go on vacation, I always take the guitar with me.

  8. TeleFunk Man

    TeleFunk Man Tele-Holic

    I love my ES-175 but now lusting after a Gibson hollow-body with P-90s. Any suggestions?

  9. TeleFunk Man

    TeleFunk Man Tele-Holic

    Really nice Mark. I heard the early 70s ES-175s are some of the best produced.
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  10. wyclif

    wyclif Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 29, 2011
    In my opinion, the guy in the rock music world who was the expert on ES-175s was Alex Chilton (RIP). Although with latter-era Big Star, I think he played the very similar ES-225 with two P-90s and a Bigsby:


  11. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 23, 2014
    Have you played an ES-330? I've never owned one, but did own a 64 Epi Casino (made in Kalamazoo) for several years. Pretty much the same guitar and sounded wonderful. But maybe you want to stick with a fatter body?

  12. TeleFunk Man

    TeleFunk Man Tele-Holic

    I've never played a 330 but one with P-90s is exactly what I'm looking for. They don't seem to show up on the used market at a good price very often but I'm keeping my eyes open.

  13. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    I've played several but never owned one. I wouldn't mind one but can't justify the price. I'm also divided on P90 versus Classic57.

    Steve Howe is famous for playing a 175 in Yes. How did he ever tame the feedback?

  14. Chatnoir

    Chatnoir Tele-Meister

    Sep 5, 2016
    Peabody, MA
    Not to highjack the thread - I love the hollow body electrics but, let's face it, they're geared towards men. I was looking at the Gibson site, how do you determine the more compact, smaller bodies in the Gibson ES Memphis line? I have considered the ES Les Paul but I think the ES Memphis is most geared for Jazz.


  15. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    It seems many women make do with standard models in jazz. Mary Halvorson:


    On the other hand, Annie Clark had a sig model made to suit her.


    As for a small-bodied guitar that would work for jazz and not cost a mint, I like the Eastman El Rey series. Apart from the IV, they are 14" across and 2" thick, hollowbodied without f-holes. Pretty light.


  16. Chatnoir

    Chatnoir Tele-Meister

    Sep 5, 2016
    Peabody, MA
    Both those ladies are probably much larger than I am; I'm about 5 1" or 5 2". I did look at Eastman but I'd prefer a Gibson Memphis. I'll probably have to keep looking I guess...

  17. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    I can see how reaching your picking arm around a dog house of an archtop would be a problem.

  18. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Tele-Holic

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    When I worked at the Oxnard Music Store, they had an sunburst ES-175 that I would grab & play. At the time, I already had my natural ES-345TDN-SVT, so I was able to compare them often. I loved the warmth of the fully-hollow body of the '175 -- especially for jazz -- but (at the time) the '345 better suited my playing in rock & roll bands.

    However, when Gibson first came out with their ES-135LE ("thin" ES-175), I quickly drooled, and bought one, hoping it would be as good sounding as the '175 did (in my memory). But, alas, it was not quite to be. While the '135 looks like the thicker-bodied '175, it is actually more closely related as a "thick" ES-3XX series, with its center-block to which the TOM bridges anchors into.

    So, although my ES-135LE "looks" like the venerable ES-175 in general shape, it is NOT its equal...close, but not better than.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2017 at 3:56 PM

  19. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Gibson made a full hollow ES-175T (T=thin) for a few years in the mid '70s. Pretty rare. I don't know if they ever tried to reissue them. I was looking for a guitar at the time and played one but ended up choosing a 335.


  20. Otis Fine

    Otis Fine Tele-Meister

    Jun 3, 2016
    Chicago, Illinois
    I saw a guy playing a 175 type at the Wisconsin State Fair a few days ago. Didn't get close enough to see the make, but the band played a couple Led Zeppelin songs (Rock and Roll was one) and it sounded fantastic.

  21. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's

    Jun 11, 2010
    Did you look at an Epiphone Casino Coupe? They seem to get a lot of love. I bet you could get some nice jazz tones out of those.

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