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This is an Ibanez ES175!.. in all but headstock name , Ask questions or call to discuss..0121 452 1759 Both Ibanez and Antoria ES175’s came out of the Fujigen factory Mid 70’s and in the case of this guitar it was actually Ibanez stock which eventually received an Antoria headstock ! . Looking inside the guitar you can clearly see the Ibanez label.I can’t think of any 175 copy that comes as close to a genuine Gibson ES175 in size, shape and detail as much as this guitar does. Why can these copies be so desirable?Copies are usually made of laminated woods and top quality Jazz guitars are usually made from solid woods..However the Gibson 175 was also made from laminated woods making the copy guitars construction similar to the original.. On the other hand a copy L5 would be made from laminated woods where the original was not. making it a far inferior copy. Build quality of this guitar is Excellent and unlike many versions including some Antoria and Ibanez versions this one has the correct Gibson style binding which follows the contour of the frets. This is a far more expensive process and is usually only found on Gibsons.If the above was not enough intrigue you.. Then perhaps that fact that the Neck pickup is an original Gibson US Pat 2896491 Humbucker might put the icing on the cake. In fact the original Ibanez/Antoria Super 70’s pickups are well liked.. But having a genuine old Gibson pickup tops that in my opinion. The other pickup is unknown? Looks like its wax potted. In addition to that there is a micro switch which has the effect of turning the neck pickup into something like a single coil, but its not coil tapped.. So I don’t know how that’s done? Maybe a capacitor? Finally there is a top bout/horn strap pin fitted.. This has been very well done and is super secure. Clearly this guitar is a players guitar and that hit me the moment I got it many moons ago.. I have only now confirmed the Gibson pickup.. But I knew as soon as I first plugged it in that a Gibson was lurking inside. This is a very playable guitar and I have had a lot of fun with it. Frets are good and its well set up. Wood floating bridges do pose their challenges from time to time always having an element of compromise, but a metal fully adjustable bridge is also included. Surprisingly I have found the best strings for this guitar using the (wooden bridge) not to be flat wounds! .. I use Eric Johnson ‘crushed’ strings.(11‘s).These are round wound strings that are literally crushed to produce a semi flat surface. The end result is a very versatile guitar that can be used for many styles of music. Please study pictures for general condition. You will see a couple of lacquer chips especially around the input jack..but this is only lacquer and not damage to the wood. Case included.