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ES 175 maybe 1954


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We would need to see photos but here's a couple tidbits right from the get-go:

They went from 19 frets to 20 frets on most models in 1955. This will help narrow yours down.

It did not come with a humbucker from the factory. They weren't offered until 1957. Maybe yours was changed, or maybe it's 1957 or newer.

Scott

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From http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial

looks like it's an early '54 and should have a white label versus an orange one.

"A" style serial numbers as used from 1947 to 1961.
Left: Oval white label as used from spring 1947 to January 1955.
Right: Orange label as used from January 1955 to 1964. The 1964 to 1969 orange labels are identical, except for the added text "union made".

 

  • Gibson Serial Numbers for Hollow bodies, 1947 to 1961.
    • "A" series, number on interior label, 1947 to 1961 hollow body models. This "Artist" series serial numbers were only used on mid to upper end instruments.
      Year    Number
      ----    ------
      1947    A-100  (Apr 28)
              A-411  (Jul 2)
              A-1146 (Dec 1)
              A-1304
      1948    A-1305 (Jan 8)
              A-1849 (Jul 2)
              A-2613 (Dec 8)
              A-2665
      1949    A-2666 (Jan 5)
              A-3353 (Jul 1)
              A-4209 (Dec 1)
              A-4413
      1950    A-4414 (Jan 3)
              A-5456 (Jul 3)
              A-6312 (Dec 4)
              A-6597
      1951    A-6598 (Jan 4)
              A-8030 (Jul 2)
              A-9194 (Dec 3)
              A-9419
      1952    A-9420  (Jan 2)
              A-11057 (Jul 1)
              A-12202 (Dec 1)
              A-12462
      1953    A-12463 (Jan 8)
              A-14332 (Jul 1)
              A-15883 (Dec 2)
              A-16101
      1954    A-16102 (Jan 5)
              A-17435 (Jul 1)
              A-18496 (Dec 1)
              A-18667 
      1955    A-18668 (Jan 6)
              A-18750 (Jan 12, last white label. 
                       Note A-18751 to A-19999 not used)
              A 20001 (Jan 13, First orange label)
              A 20991 (Jul 1)
              A 21745 (Dec 1)
              A 21909
      1956    A 21910 (Jan 6)
              A 23387 (Jul 3)
              A 24567 (Dec 1)
              A 24755
      1957    A 24756 (Jan 3)
              A 25899 (Jul 3)
              A 26695 (Dec 3)
              A 26819
      1958    A 26820 (Jan 6)
              A 27816 (Jul 1)
              A 28576 (Dec 1)
              A 28880
      1959    A 28881 (Jan 9)
              A 30569 (Jul 13)
              A 31844 (Dec 2)
              A 32284
      1960    A 32285 (Jan 4)
              A 34068 (Jul 1)
              A 35252 (Dec 1)
              A 35645
      1961    A 35646 (Jan 3)
              A 35943 (Feb 1)
              A 36147 (Feb 21, Last "A" number)
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