Anyone own or has owned or played a 1949-1955 ES-175?

Uncle Vinnie

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Looking for info on neck shape and thickness ... measured thickness.

Thinking about getting one (as long as my bursitis doesn't bug me too bad) and I'm all about a single P90 in the neck.

But the most important element of that guitar is the neck.

Please chime in.
 

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The ones I played were chunky, to me. You'd really have to play it as there was so much variability in neck shape/profile.

I'd never buy vintage guitar without playing it or a very good return/refund policy if bought online.
 

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Hiya Vinnie!

I'm kinda looking at 50's 175's also, but just on line so far.

If the 50's 175 necks are anything like the necks on my 58 Les Paul Jr., or 54 ES-125, I know I will love it.

Those necks feel perfect for me, with average hand size, and some old age stiffness.

They are not as shoulder heavy as the new Gibson necks, and just fit really well into my hand.

If I head back up to Norms anytime soon, I'll play one for sure and let you know.
 

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@Mike I you've answered one of the questions that's muy importanto to me is neck shape. Less shoulders is what I was hoping for, now if they have a slight V shape then I may pull the trigger.
 

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I remember that one! I'm surprised that a 1950's Gibson would have a neck that thin. Round shape to the neck or V?
Pretty standard round '50s Gibson.
 

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Guess if I pull the trigger it'll have to be in person. Being a fan of big necks there's too much variation in neck shapes and sizes to do it via internet.
 

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I have played a '56; Bossaddict's description sounds about right. It also didn't seem too far off from my buddy's former '53 GT. But I'm gonna go ahead and say you're making the right call - something like that, don't trust anyone but your left hand. Good luck in your hunt; a '50s ES-175-D is one of my dreams. I mean they are so sweet! (As a '56 model myself, a 1956 would be ideal.)
 


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