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    I am a hobbyist, I've never played professionally. I like Rock, Progressive Rock, Jazz, Classical, and everything in between. I own 8 acoustic and electric guitars and one bass. I also play keyboards and drums.
  1. Hi Nicholas, I am no guitar expert but I happen to have a 2005 ES 175 I bought new and it looks identical to yours (except mine is flame-maple natural finish). Mine was built in Memphis, Tennessee, in Gibson's "custom shop." So it's not a custom-built guitar, but rather, was built in the custom shop. I think your guitar not a 2009 model but is in fact older than mine as the serial number you gave is "earlier" than mine. best of luck,,, Sandy
  2. Hey, isn't that Paul Riario of Guitar World there in the background, at 5 minutes 22 seconds???
  3. Joe Pass is my favorite guitarist of all time. I was fortunate enough to see him play in the late 70s at UCLA Royce Hall; I was in 3rd row center. He just blew me away. He is one of the reasons I bought an ES 175 30 years later :-)
  4. >> Prog Rock Pretensions Noodling. HA! Pretentious noodling is good! My favorite Yes albums happen to be: Relayer, Yessongs, and Topographic Oceans in that order. I guess even the most stringent Yes fans will differ in what made Yes great. Regarding the 345 tailpiece, it indeed does resemble a Byrdland tailpiece, but I don't know the origin of it or any other information regarding it.
  5. The 175 with the three pickups was a custom job by Gibson, which also features 22 frets (the normal 175 only has 20). Steve's original 1964 175 is kept at home unmodified and untouched. He said in a recent interview that the guitar is pretty much worn out and doesn't tour with it anymore. The 345 is original and was in fact used on Close to the Edge as well as other recordings and was given to Steve by Gibson for promotional purposes. The guitar he played in Asia that looks like a 335 with two pickguards is a Gibson Artist. I've been Yes' biggest fan since 1972 but I no longer follow them closely. I'm one of those weenies that say "Yes isn't Yes without Jon Anderson." I did see Jon Davison and the Yes Album/CTTE/GFTO tour and I'll admit he did a great job, but to me it ain't Yes anymore. And BTW I can't stand Geoff Downes. Shoot me.
  6. My brother and one of his daughters went to that concert. They sat right in the front, across from Chris Squire. He said they put on a pretty good show. As for me (the "older" brother), I'll see Yes again when Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman return! My brother and I are both big prog-rock fans and play guitar, bass, keys, and drums. In fact, they just visited us last week in So. California and my brother and I jammed to several Yes, Pink Floyd, and Transatlantic songs on my Jazz Bass and Strat.
  7. I happen to have a J-185 EC Rosewood and I absolutely love it (see my avatar). The Hummingbird and Dove are great guitars but to me, the 185 Rosewood is over the top. Don't settle for the maple 185, it sounds too tinny for my taste. I suggest either having the guitar you played shipped from Memphis as someone else mentioned, or take a chance and buy it on line from a reputable dealer who will take it back or exchange it if not satisfied. I compared my 185 to Taylor and even Martin when shopping and the 185 won easily. Enjoy!
  8. I have a 2005 ES 175 and it definitely has an orange oval label with model and serial number visible through the F-hole on the bass side of the guitar.
  9. Greetings, I am the happy owner of a 2005 Antique Natural ES-175 and although the neck pickup is situated on a "hill" on the body, the hill doesn't taper off to the flat portion of the body (the lower bout, with the cutaway) until the treble side of the pickup is cleared. So, it should be feasible to mount P-90s on this guitar (although I wouldn't - I love the sound of the PAFs).
  10. I ended up buying a J 185 EC Rosewood in 2009 after trying the maple and rosewood versions back to back. The maple was brighter and treblier while the rosewood had more bass and sounded more clear and well-rounded tone-wise to me. The rosewood model comes with an ebony fretboard and bridge, gold tuners, and split-block inlays which to me are handsomer than the parallelograms. But as davenumber2 mentioned, it's really up to your son's taste. Sandy
  11. My first exposure to Yes was buying the Yessongs album (3 vinyl record set) in high school in 1972 or 1973. I was hooked. I've been a Yes head ever since. I especially loved the way Steve Howe would attack the guitar, on fire as it were. I saw Yes countless times from 1973 on. My favorite Yes albums are Yessongs, Topographic Oceans, and Relayer. I must admit that I had grown tired of Yes after Rick Wakeman left in 2004 and Benoit David took over the vocals. I saw them last year and was unimpressed. Also, they played so slowly that if they were to play any slower, they would be playing backwards. Yes has had a good run for over 35 years and IMHO they should give it up already. I've already decided to skip their upcoming 2013 tour. I've got their old albums and video concerts to play to remember them by.
  12. Probably was, both guitars were opened out of the shipping box at the same time in the store. I don't know what kind of strings were shipped on the guitars but I assume they were the same. I use D'Addario phosphor bronze 11s on my J-185 EC Rosewood and it sounds fantastic to me. I've tried other strings, including 80/20s but I prefer the old fashioned phosphor bronze. sandy
  13. Hi Bob, I bought a J-185 EC Rosewood in 2009 and just love it. I tried the maple version against the rosewood and found the rosewood version to be much clearer and warmer to my taste. Best thing to do is try them both for yourself. Sandy
  14. I must concur. SH was the main attraction during the 70s. Not only was he creative, but he played with fire; he attacked the guitar. He started toning down his attack in the 80s after Asia and has been playing a lot cleaner and simpler ever since. On the Yessymphonic DVD, he really scaled back his parts, playing the bare minimum IMHO. But I still enjoy his creativity and he still blows me away with his acoustic soloing. BTW, we saw Yes last year in San Diego with Benoit David on vocals and I was not impressed. Good thing I have all the albums and concert DVDs from the 70s! Not everything lasts forever... SH is definitely on my list of top 10 all time favorite guitarists. So is Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny, Joe Pass, Jeff Beck, Steve Morse, Stevie Ray Vaughn...
  15. I've been following Yes since 1972 and have both VHS and DVD formats of the Yessongs concert, their best recorded live show ever IMHO. I was in high school when Yessongs came out and Steve Howe has been a guitar god and inspiration to me ever since. He brought so many genres together (rock, classical, jazz, country, ragtime, etc.) and really created something unique and new. He raised the bar for what was possible to play on a guitar. BTW, I bought an ES 175 in 2005 (not because of Steve) and it really is a dream guitar.
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