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Based somewhat on Herb Ellis's original single pickup 1953 Gibson ES-175 which was modified circa 1970 to have a Gibson patent number humbucker instead of its original P90 pickup, the ES-165 represented the return of a guitar that had been missing from the Gibson lineup for years and because of the single floating BJB pickup used in this second version of the guitar, a guitar that had never before quite existed in the Gibson lineup.  The single pickup ES-175 is one of the most iconic guitars used in electric jazz, played by many of the greats, including Herb Ellis,  Joe Pass (a custom thinner version), and Jim Hall, among others.  This guitar is a great example of that heritage.


It has a wonderful straight neck, allowing for low, fast action with room at the bridge to adjust either up or down as desired.  The neck has a nice, full '50s carve which is actually bit thicker than Herb Ellis's original 1953 Gibson.  The tone is something like a Herb's original guitar, but with a move more in the direction of the tone of a Gibson Johnny Smith.  It has great clarity and tone for the clean bluesy jazz lines of its namesake.

It is in near mint condition with one very small dent in the back of the neck and a scratch with adjacent small lacquer checks in the cutaway near the neck.


Weight - 6.06 pounds

Nut width - 1.69 inches


The guitar comes with its original TKL made Gibson Memphis case.


Ships free in the continental United States.  We also ship worldwide.  Please contact us for international rates.

SOLD - 2006 Gibson ES-165 Herb Ellis Signature - Sunburst - Near Mint

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