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  1. My preference is mahogany. The other 175's I looked at had mahogany necks, but 1-9/16" nuts. I prefer a 1-11/16". It seemed straight when I played it. I couldn't detect any issues, but I'm not a Luthier either. Can there be movement after 36 years? The photo of the new Gibson 175 on the Musician's Friend website shows the bridge adjusted down pretty far. Maybe even all the way. (More, closer pics would be better) Is that a bad sign?
  2. Okay. I spent a month looking, and recently found a good deal on a 1979 ES175D Natural finish with maple neck- $3,000. Ready to buy it, then I looked online at a new ES175D on Musician's Friend website- Sunburst, mahogany neck- for $3,200. Am I crazy to consider a new Gibson? Should I buy it, play it and, if it's not a keeper, send it back? FYI the 1979 played nice- good neck- PU's sounded great.
  3. Okay, I'm getting an education. Many thanks!
  4. Thanks. I never thought about the weight aspect.
  5. Looking to buy my first Gibson ES-175. My budget is around $3,000-3,500, so I guess I'm looking to buy a 70's vintage. Is the maple neck better, worse or the same as a mahogany in terms of stability, sound, etc? With regard to the "good" years of manufacture, what is the cutoff year for Gibson ES-175's for quality. I've heard some bad things about the recent (2000's) fit and finish, neck set, etc. Thanks in advance.
  6. Does anyone know if these string dampers are still made and or used? I'd love to give one a try.
  7. Not sure of the make/model. It is the "roller" type bridge. It has an issue with the height adjustment screws. They're slightly bent (I think because they're not centered under the bridge - bad design) and the bridge leans slightly back. This gives the string tension a "pushing" effect on the bridge. It nudges the bridge forward slightly over a day or two, causing minor issue with tuning. The other concept here, like you said, is to keep the Guitar fitted with proper Gibson parts. I'm not rolling in dough, but I don't mind spending $65 on a correct bridge to make it stay in tune and keep
  8. Any ideas about where to by one? ebay?
  9. The technician that worked on the guitar (strings / setup) told me that it was not an original Gibson bridge.
  10. I just bought a 1989 ES 175, mahogany back/side version. Really nice. However, the bridge on the guitar is not original. Does anyone know where I can buy a new bridge that is correct for this instrument? Thanks. BTW. Can anyone tell me more about these mahogany versions of the 175? What's your take on them.
  11. I just looked at a 1974 Gibson ES175. Beautiful. Sounds great. Nice straight neck. The only issue is the arched top seems to have sunk. The bridge has been adjusted very high to compensate. To the point that the threaded screws are leaning slightly toward the PU. I'm not aware of any remedy. Is this a concern? Does it devalue the guitar? Is the top going to sink further? I might be able to buy this guitar for $2200. Is that too much money? Thanks. BTW. I love the ES 175. I'm seriously trying to own one.
  12. My 335TD is a 1979. And you're correct. The frets are wider, lower and polished. The 175 frets were like railroad ties. EXtreme. So I guess my question is: On late model 175's, can I expect more of the clunky-feeling frets? I guess it will be the first thing I ask someone who's selling. BTW. Am I crazy? Does the 175 have a unique and beautiful sound? Are the 2000 models worth looking at? Thanks again
  13. I was looking at a 1998 Gibson ES175. It was in good condition and had a really nice sound. But (compared to my 335TD) the fret profiles were very high. It was difficult to slide from one position to the next. It seemed to me that crowning the frets was in order. I'm definitely not a luthier by any stretch. But I was wondering why Gibson didn't polish these frets when the guitar was built. Is this common for newer 175's? Should I have purchased the guitar and had my luthier do the work? If I go looking (online) for a 175, can I expect more of the same?? Thanks for your help guys.
  14. Can anyone articulate the pro's/con's of a Fat Neck ES 335?
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