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In a May 2005 interview with Total Guitar magazine, John Frusciante is posing with a vintage Gibson ES-175 guitar. The photo is captioned, "John with vintage Gibson ES-175 - a real peach too" Below the Gibson ES-175 photo of [Total Guitar magazine](https://www.vintageguitar.com/3743/john-frusciante/), Frusciante got the ES-175 because Steve Howe played one.more
"'The ES-175 is a standard reissue, in blond' Foley continues. 'Jeff was doing a Scotty Moore tribute and wanted to use kind of a rockabilly guitar. We loaned him a 295 and a 175, and he took to the 175, which is on the cover of the Rock ’N Roll Party DVD.'" - via [Vintage Guitar](http://www.vintageguitar.com/9486/jeff-beck/)more
"Steve Howe’s main guitar for the current Yes tour—on which the band is playing The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One albums in their entirety—is his No. 2 1964 Gibson ES-175 (which he only uses in the U.S.)," states [this article](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Rig_Rundown_Yes_Steve_Howe_and_Chris_Squire).more
"Yes, I have an old Gibson ES-175 cutaway. I went to the cutaway because I use a capo on the third and fifth frets, and I can’t get the octave unless I have a cutaway. That’s part of the reason I went to electric, as well. Partly for sustain and partly to be able to get the octave when I have a capo on."more
"Your choice of guitars has changed quite a bit since Creedence. You started with the Rickenbacker, a Gibson ES-175, and a Les Paul Custom. You picked up a Telecaster to record 1973’s Blue Ridge Rangers, and then a Washburn Falcon for Centerfield? What drew you to the Falcon? Well, it was some time during the “hot rod” days in the middle to late ’70s, and you were seeing pickups without covers everywhere. DiMarzio and Seymour Duncan were getting popular, and in my own fumbling way I was intrigued with all that. I’m pretty sure it was Leo’s Music in Oakland where I went and tried a bunch of different guitars, and I remember picking up the Washburn in that store. The pickups sounded really hot, especially on the bridge pickup. I think I was intrigued too because it had a through-the-body neck. That was very culturally correct at that time—you know, it gives you more sustain. I think it had brass hardware on it, and it had those pickups, but the neck and everything else was perfect. You could get a lot of different sounds out of it. At the time, I really thought that was gonna be my guitar for the rest of my life—at least for the Centerfield album, and certainly on “The Old Man Down the Road.” When I toured in ’86, I played it quite a bit."more
http://www.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/legendary-guitars-clarence-708.aspx From a Gibson article: Gatemouth Brown’s guitar choice similarly rejected the bounds of strict categorization. The jazz elements in his playing might have led him toward an ES-175, the electric blues an ES-335 or a Fender Stratocaster, the country a Gretsch or a Telecaster. Instead, Brown embraced one of the most radical and atypical guitar designs of all time: the Gibson Firebird. Wielding alternately with his fiddle, he bent the Firebird to boppin’ rhythm chops and lithe, wiry solos that ran the gamut from roadhouse blues jumps to fleet-fingered swing excursions, and – despite the fact that this was a guitar that always seemed most at home toward the gnarlier edges of alternative rock – made that odd, offset bird seem right at home with all of it.more
This Gibson guitar, the Es175, was the main guitar of Joe Pass. He got one for his birthday from a guy named Mike Peak in 1963, who saw Joe Pass playing jazz on a solid body (the Fender Jazzmaster). Other jazz guitarist who played the Gibson ES175: Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery (in the early days), Kenny Burrell - See more at: http://www.jazzguitar.be/joe_pass_guitar.html#sthash.tyNPnFNY.dpufmore
"I’ve got a 1959 ES-175, all original down to its PAF pickups. It hasn’t been parted out like some of the Gibsons from that era. That guitar is also gorgeous. Oddly enough, it’s in museum-quality condition, without even one scratch on the body, but the frets are pretty worn down. I have no idea how the previous owner or owners managed to keep it that clean!" - excerpt from Premier Guitar interview.more
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