Gibson ES-275 Custom Flamed Sunset Burst ES275F185BG1H 2018

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Gibson launched the ES-275 to answer the call for a classic looking and sounding jazz guitar with greater upper fret access.  Success!

This 2018 model is a beauty in flamed "sunset burst", and it is pretty much in mint condition with no perceptible fret wear, a little tiny bit of pick swirl on the pickguard, and few other signs of use.  Check out the pristine top edge of the headstock in the pics...  If a guitar has been played much at all, you'll always see some wear there.

I'll post some independent review text below, which I completely agree with after hearing a customer play the guitar in the shop.

Further describing this particular example - the guitar is all original with no changes, repairs, or issues.  The frets are perfect.  The neck angle is as well, and the truss rod was checked to make sure there is room for future neck relief adjustments.  We set it up with a new set of 10-46 strings and it plays perfectly.

The original case is included, in which you'll find the certificate of authenticity, the original strap, Gibson multi adjustment tool, original Guitar Center price tag, warranty paper and Gibson pick holder keychain.

2019 Music Radar review excerpts:

Gibson's Memphis division, which creates the mainly laminate 'f-hole'- styles, seems to take a different slant on modernism that's typified by the recent semi-solid ES-Les Paul and the downsized ES-339: classic guitars but with a different spin. This year, Memphis introduced another in the form of the ES-275.

"This came from Japan, actually," said Mike Voltz, director of R&D/product development at Gibson Memphis, when we spoke earlier this year at the winter NAMM show.  

"I was there eight or nine months ago. We go over a couple of times a year to support the market and look out for new trends. A thing we noticed is that a lot of younger players have discovered jazz - their request was for something that wasn't so 'old'.

"They wanted better access to the [top] frets. See, an ES-175 has 20 frets, and ES-295 has only 19, and they're not as accessible [as a Les Paul or ES-335]. I came back and thought about it and concluded there's nothing more 'jazz' than an L-5, so I took that and reduced it by 10 per cent so when you look at it, it still says Gibson!

"The neck is a Les Paul neck," continues Mike, "with 22 frets and all of a sudden you've got access, but it's a jazz box - totally hollow and it's braced like an ES-175."

In the flesh, this outline works perfectly: it's a design from a bygone age, updated for the modern player. It's 385mm ( just over 15 inches) wide, much smaller than the 432mm (17-inch) bulk of the L-5 and many other Gibson archtops, and the neck joins the body at the 16th fret, not the 14th. While our Figured version has block inlays and ES-355/Les Paul Custom-style head logo, the standard version, in Faded Cherry, has ES-345-style split parallelogram inlays.

The toned topcoat of the nitro finish gives the cream outer binding a vintage nicotine-stained hue (except the bound edge of the tortie pickguard, which is brilliant white), while the unbound f-holes are black painted. Internally, it's very clean, too, with kerfed linings and dual longitudinal top braces from 'red' Adirondack spruce - a very tidy job.

Neck shape is classed as a 'rounded C', which feels full and classic and very slightly flat-backed with nicely rounded edges to the top of the fingerboard binding. The man-made Richlite of the fingerboard looks

very ebony-like, while the chunky medium frets (approximately 2.28mm wide by 1.3mm high) further enhance that Les Paul- like neck feel.

Aside from the 'Patent Applied For' sticker on the back of the humbuckers, there's no specific ID, though the specs tell us they are Gibson MHS (Memphis Historic Spec), which Gibson has called "our most accurate PAF reproductions yet" with scatter-wound, slightly under-wound mismatched coils, an Alnico III magnet in the neck 'bucker and an Alnico II in the bridge unit.

The so-called 'Memphis Tone Circuit' seems to refer to a number of different specifications: here, we have CTS 500k linear taper pots for the volume controls and 500k audio taper pots for the tones, with a .022 microfarad cap for the bridge pickup's tone and a .015 microfarad cap on the neck to cut less treble.

Even just looking at the ES-275 you feel you're entering an exclusive club of the Gibson Archtop - no riff-raff allowed here! This perception is certainly confirmed by the clean amp sounds, especially the neck and neck/bridge combination.

Even with the volume and tone full up, the neck sound is quite velveteen in the basses with bell- like clarity from the high strings. There's lovely hollowed snap from the mix and even the sharper bridge with a little tone roll-off adds some attack to the low strings (without rattling the wine glasses).

'Jazz', of course, is such a catch-all, but the ES-275 is remarkably pliable. It exudes smoothness, especially with volume and tones rolled back a little, and has a tonal depth that, again, is sometimes lacking - purposely - from a shallower thinline style. At lower volumes, it creates rootsier Americana sounds that edge into break-up, not to mention chewier blues. Also, achieving much funkier soul/pop voices is easy.

  • Color: Flamed Sunset Burst
  • Weight: 6lbs 14ozs
  • Top: Flame Maple
  • Body: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Bound Rosewood
  • Inlays: Mother Of Pearl Blocks
  • Frets: Original
  • Fret count: 22
  • Nut: Original
  • Nut width: 1 11/16"
  • Scale: 24.75"
  • Radius: 12"
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: 0.84"
  • Neck thickness at 12th fret: 0.97"
  • Total length: 40 7/16"
  • Lower bout: 15 3/16"
  • Waist: 8 7/8"
  • Upper bout: 11 3/16"
  • Body depth/thickness outside edge: 2 1/8"
  • String gauge: .010-.046"
  • Hardware Color: Gold
  • Bridge Pickup/Brand: Gibson
  • Bridge Pickup Reading: 8.02k
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Neck Pickup/Brand: Gibson
  • Neck Pickup Reading: 7.47k
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Pickguard: Original
  • Bridge: Original
  • Tuners: Original
  • Switch: Original
  • Pots/Codes: Original
  • Case: OHSC
  • Notes:

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