We were gung-ho Gibson dealers when the ES-165 came out in the early 1990s, and we sold a lot of them. A vast majority of jazz players rarely use the bridge pickup on an ES-175D as the neck pickup delivers the smooth tone they're after, and for players who like to practice without plugging in these ES-165 models deliver a lot more acoustic volume as the bridge area of the top isn't muted by a heavy pickup weighing it down. The curly maple on this example, plus the gold hardware and tobacco sunburst, result in a very classy-looking electric hollow body. It's not a reissue but it sure has that vintage vibe. This one is in near-perfect condition, as these photos show, and nothing on it has been changed. The case is in equally fine condition. A great Gibson archtop any player can appreciate.

stock no. 52128

ModelES-165 Herb Ellis sunburst
Toplaminated maple
Back and sideslaminated maple
Frets to body14
Nut width1 11/16"
Bridge materialtune-a-matic saddle
Fretboard Materialrosewood
Neck materialmahogany
Neck profileC/D
Serial No03410386
CaseOrig. Hard
Total frets20
Bracingtwin tone bar