1957 Gibson ES-175 DN
The ES-175 model was introduced in 1949, and at that time the first Gibson guitars to feature the Florentine (sharp) cutaway in stead of the then common Venetian (rounded) type, to achieve a more modern look and moreover provide easier access to the higher fret positions. The guitar was meant as a professional guitar, yet made of laminate woods in order to be more resistant to amplifier feedback and also be a more mid-priced electric when compared to the all-carved L5 and Super 400's. Therefore, this particular guitar since its introduction has always stood out as the primary working musician's jazz guitar, and was associated with players such as Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Howard Roberts, Pat Metheney, Toots Thielemans, and countless others.
1957 was the first year for Gibson to be using PAF pickups, which are original equipment on this guitar
The internal label shows the model as "ES-175D" which actually would be incorrect, as the Gibson shipping ledger archives, the serial number A-26242 shows an ES-175D model in Natural finish shipped from the Kalamazoo, MI factory on 9-10-1957. In fact the model should have read ES-175DN but it is fairly common to see only the model number (without the additional finish letter) listed on the labels on models from this time. The same at least applies for my 1962 L-5CESN shown here.
1958 Gibson catalog page 9 showing the ES-175D model and specifications
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