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  1. That is an interesting guitar. I've got a sunburst 1960 175D with the switch on the cut away like Pat Metheny's one rather than in the usual spot. People on this forum thought it was probably a factory customization. My serial no is A34XXX so a bit later than Metheny's one. The only 175 with a bound head stock in the books I've got is one of the Steve Howe signature models, but wasn't released till 2001, so yes very unusual.(I just did some more reading, it seems Metheny installed the switch and bridge pickup himself).
  2. My 1960 ES 175 has a label inside the f hole although I gather from the serial, yours is 1993 (I think I've got that right) so I wouldn't like to speculate whether things were changed over the years.
  3. Hi Alan, I took it to a highly recommended luthier not long after I got it. My grandfather aways said it needed re-fretting so I looked into that. The luthier Keith McMillan said it wan't that bad and strongly advised against it so I didn't bother. He basically said it's the best 175 he's seen but something horrible had happened to the tuners, which is when I found out about the faulty plastic and all that . Another thing he noticed was a noise when you touch the switch so he thought the earth wire had come off but when he checked it out he found there never was one. So again, he didn't want to mess with original setup so left it. He sorted out the right sort of strings for me too, I'm still getting used to the damn heavy gauge haha. I did have the "Gulp, bridge falling off incident" after he looked at it though so I probably will take it back when it's time for a string change. Hi TinyBB, Thanks for the info. It does have a few nicks and scuffs that don't show up so well in the photos but it is certainly in pretty good condition for its age. My grandfather was the second owner so I guess it's going to be hard to ever know the who and why around the switch placement. Damn, it would have been really interesting though. The golden age aye! You're right, the neck is pretty slim, not like some of the half round ones you see. I didn't know about the pick guard either, that's really interesting. I stand corrected from what I said the other day though, it does have made in the USA stamped on the headstock. There's a bit of scuffing on the headstock which made it not so obvious plus the stamp is very light and small compared to modern ones. I was expecting the large, more promenant stamps like in later models. No serial number on the headstock though. Wow there's some nice guitars on that www.es-335.org site isn't there? I'm sure that is the original case, pity about the fit though. The guitar doesn't do much traveling about so I guess it should be ok.
  4. Hi All, Thanks for all the great comments and advise, I wish I'd found this site 6 months ago! BigK, Thanks, I agonized over those replacement tuners, just wanting to do the right thing. I think it's an orignal case but not totally sure. The bad fit has bothered me a bit. My grandfather used to wrap a towel around the neck (which I still do) but not around the body, I should also do that. I was looking at the thread "Post Your Gibson ES-175 Photographs Here". Bigsby'd has a natural with a pretty good fitting case and a sunburst with a not so good fitting one. I thought maybe back then they just had series of stock case sizes that weren't made for a particular guitar type and you just chose the best fit? That's total speculation of course. I should post a photo of the case. Thanks for the polish advise too. I'm in New Zealand but I see there is an Australian retailer so I think I will order some from there. JimR, thanks, it's great to know about the knobs. I think it's interesting that it has some 1960 mods but not others, i.e. late 1960 tuners and the reflector caps but not the serial on the headstock. It looks like its never had the rubber grommet (introduced late 50's) around the switch either, although presuming the switch was a custom alteration, they may have decided it didn't look that good, more speculation?! I'm quite interested in the little quirks as you can probably tell haha! Thanks for the value advise too. I haven't got it insured right now, I'm just keeping it in a very secure place. I really do need to get it insured though so it really helps to know what it's worth, as much as knowing scares me being worth more than my car and all... haha. Elmer, I had the same problem that I see you had in one of your threads, being absolutely horrified when the bridge fell off when I went to restring it. I've got the intonation pretty good now but I'll follow the advise on that thread and get it a little better next time I restring it. That was a definite Gulp! moment haha. Like I said, I wish I'd found this site 6 months earlier! Again, thanks all for the great comments and advise! Cheers Travis
  5. Hi All, Thanks for the positive replies. I'm no photographer and it was getting dark when we took these photos so no natural light. Hopefully they are ok. I'll try and get better ones if people are interested. The poor thing probably hasn't been cleaned for 30 years either. I guess I've been so scared of wrecking it I've been afraid to use any sort of polish on it. Some of you will probably notice that I have replacement aged kluson tuners. I have the original ones but the buttons had gone amber and crumbly, basically that faulty plastic that was around in that era. Hopefully we've done the photo upload properly. I've got a teenager with me so it should be ok. Travis
  6. I'll take some picts today.
  7. Hi All, I've inherited a 1960 sunburst ES 175d from my grandfather, which I've had for maybe 6 months now. I'm wondering if there is any way of finding out about its manufacturing history, who it was build by ect. I've been reading "The Gibson 175" book, which says there were a few changes made in 1960. I gather it's a mid to late 1960 because of the double ring, single line tuners. It doesn't have the serial number on the headstock, just on the orange label inside but does have the gold bonnet knobs, which were both changes made in 1960 (according to the book). I guess I'm kind of interested in little quirks like these.The most curious thing about this guitar is that the pickup switch is on the cutaway, not the top like usual, which must have been done in the factory. It's certainly the nicest guitar I've ever played anyway. I'd played it a bit when my grandfather was alive but it hadn't been plugged in for maybe 30 years or more. He passed away over 20 years ago and he used to say he didn't know whether it still worked back then! I couldn't believe how good it was when I plugged it in and played it, just a whole new life of its own! Anyway, this is my first post so I hope it's not too long and rambling.
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