A factory second ES-175D is in great shape - a real treasure.
I bought this Gibson guitar and Fender amp new in the late 1970s or early 1980s and only played them a few times. A few years later, I gave the guitar and amp to my father, but he played them very little as well. My father passed away last winter and I found them when I was cleaning out his closets. I still don’t play so I’d like to sell them, and I’m curious as to exactly what I have and how much they are worth. Can you help?
Jim in Forest Lake, MN
It’s always a treat when players bring in gear to our office for evaluations, appraisals and identification, and I especially enjoy it when the instruments are this clean! Let me start by telling you that aside from a good cleaning and new strings, this guitar needs nothing to become a full-time player.
Your guitar is a Gibson ES-175D produced in 1980. In 1977, Gibson finally standardized their serialization system with an eight-digit format that reads like this: YDDDYNNN. The serial number on your guitar is 8150001X with “SECOND” stamped below it. The first and fifth digits [8, 0] indicate the last two numbers of the year your guitar was built: in this case, 1980. The second, third, and fourth digits [1,5,0] indicate the day of the year your guitar was built based on the Julian calendar [the 150th day of 1980 was May 29—keep in mind this was a leap year]. The last three digits are the production number from that day. During this time, Gibson had two factories open—the original in Kalamazoo, Mich., and a new one in Nashville, Tenn. Production numbers started at 001 each day in Kalamazoo and 501 each day in Nashville [this practice continued until 1984 when Kalamazoo closed]. Visit our website [guitars.bluebookinc.com] for more Gibson serialization information.
A beautiful Gibson ES-175D in Vintage Sunburst
The features of your guitar include a single sharp cutaway deep hollow maple body, two f-holes, three-ply top binding, single-ply back binding, set maple neck, 20-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with split parallelogram inlays, black headstock overlay with pearl logo and crown inlay, three-per-side tuners, rosewood-based Tune-o-matic bridge, trapeze tailpiece with three raised parallelograms, multi-ply raised pickguard, two humbucker pickups, four black knobs with silver insets [two volume, two tone], threeway pickup switch and chrome hardware. The guitar is 16.25 in. wide and has a scale length of 24.75 in. Available finishes at the time were Natural and Sunburst.
The ES-175 continues to be a popular guitar for Gibson, and has been in continuous production since 1949 (double pickup models first appeared in 1951). Since so many of these guitars are stamped “SECOND,” the designation hasn’t affected the value very much. This particular guitar has a few other minor finish blemishes, but other than that this guitar is near mint. In the vintage retail market, you should be able to get between $2250 and $2750. I played this beauty and found it very nice. Then again, it’s difficult to name a hollowbody Gibson that isn’t a treasure!
Zachary R. Fjestad
Zachary is the author of the Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars, Blue Book of Electric Guitars, and the Blue Book of Guitar Amplifiers. Questions can be submitted to:
Blue Book Publications
Attn: Guitar Trash or Treasure
8009 34th Ave. S. Ste #175
Minneapolis, MN 55425
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Outlaw Effects introduces their next generation of NOMAD rechargeable battery-powered pedal boards.
Available in two sizes, NOMAD ISO is a compact, versatile tool that offers the convenience of a fully powered board plus the additional freedom of not having to plug into an outlet. NOMAD ISO is ideal for stages with limited outlet availability, quick changeovers, busking outdoors, temporary rehearsal locations, and more.
NOMAD ISO builds upon the legacy of the ultra-convenient and reliable NOMAD rechargeable pedalboard line originally launched in 2018. The brand new NOMAD ISO editions feature eight isolated outputs (1 x 9V DC, and 1 switchable 9V/12V DC) for even more versatility and clean, quiet power. With an integrated lithium-ion battery pack boasting 12800mAh capacity, NOMAD ISO can fuel a wide array of pedals, and will last over 10 hours* on a single charge.
Each NOMAD ISO pedal board includes adhesive hook & loop pedal-mounting tape, eight (8) standard DC connector cables, and one (1) reverse polarity DC cable, giving you everything you need to build your ultimate "off-the-grid" rig. A rugged, road-ready padded gig bag with shoulder strap is also included, to safely protect your gear while you're on the move.
NOMAD ISO S
NOMAD ISO S: MSRP $309 / MAP: $249
Dimensions: 19 ¼" x 5 ¼"
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NOMAD ISO M: MSRP $349 / MAP $279
Dimensions: 19 ¼" x 11"
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Dunable announces new Minotaur model featuring Grover Rotomatic Keystone tuners.
The Minotaur's DNA is rooted in their classic Moonflower model, which Dunable discontinued in 2017. However, they have long since wanted to create a fresh take on a carved top guitar design, and various attempts to rework the Moonflower led them to a brand new concept with the Minotuar.
Dunable's goal is to give the player a guitar that plays fast and smooth, sounds amazing, and gives maximum physical ergonomic comfort. The Minotaur's soft and meticulous contours, simple and effective control layout, and 25.5" scale length are designed to easily meet this criteria.
- 25.5" scale length
- Dual Humbucker
- one volume, one tone, push pull for coil splitting
- Grover Rotomatic Keystone tuners
- Grover Tune O Matic bridge with brass Kluson top-mount tailpiece
- jumbo nickel frets
- 12" fretboard radius
This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
Adding to the company’s line of premium-quality effects pedals, Missing Link Audio has unleashed the new AC/Overdrive pedal. This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal – the only Angus & Malcom all-in-one stompbox on the market – brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
The AC/OD layout has three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone. That user-friendly format is perfect for quickly getting your ideal tone, and it also offers a ton of versatility. MLA’s new AC/OD absolutely nails the Angus tone from the days of “High Voltage” to "Back in Black”. You can also easily dial inMalcom with the turn of a knob. The pedal covers a broad range of sonic terrain, from boost to hot overdrive to complete tube-like saturation. The pedal is designed to leave on all the time and is very touch responsive. You can get everything from fat rhythm tones to a perfect lead tone just by using your guitar’s volume knob and your right-hand attack.
- Three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone
- Die-cast aluminum cases for gig-worthy durability
- Limited lifetime warranty
- True bypass on/off switch
- 9-volt DC input
- Made in the USA