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Old February 20th, 2018, 10:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2003 es 175

Hi folks,

I believe my Gibson is a 2003 make.

It is a 175.

Not sure if it is a 175-D (don't know what the D stands for, I think double hum bucker, but not sure).

I bought it new from an authorized dealer around 2006.

Can you Gibson experts please help me figure out what year / make / model that I own? I am strongly considering selling it and would also like to figure out what its true value is.

Also, what sources are a good place to value a guitar?

I have never sold any of my axes before. Any knowledge is much appreciated.

Thanks all.
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Old February 25th, 2018, 01:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi and Welcome to Gibson-Talk, Steve. That be a awesome looking 175 and you be so lucky to have it.. Always had my eye on one but didn't pull the trigger on it............
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Old February 25th, 2018, 05:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Steve and welcome to this place. Nice looking guitar. Yes, I believe the D denotes that guitar has two humbuckers. Best source of info on the guitar is the manufacturer. Try contacting Gibson. They will need to see pics including the serial no. They should be able to tell you where and when it was made.

Value is always difficult to estimate. Try looking at eBay or Reverb and see what previous ones, if any, went for.

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Old February 25th, 2018, 04:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am borrowing this from the Gibson website.

Quote:
The pattern is as follows:
YDDDYRRR
YY is the production year
DDD is the day of the year
RRR is the factory ranking/plant designation number.
Prior to 1984 when the Kalamazoo, MI factory was closed, the numbers 001-499 indicated Kalamazoo production. Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989.
01043724

Year 2003
Date Monday, April 14, the 104th day of 2003
Rating 724.

Gibson went to a 9 digest serial number system in 2005, so I think this is correct.

I hope this helps.
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Old February 25th, 2018, 09:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There ya go, Steve! And before you go selling that beauty, think about it for a few months. I don't remember selling a guitar that I didn't regret the decision later.
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Old February 28th, 2018, 05:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I appreciate your feedback.
I am strongly considering selling -- but as you said, it would be hard to let it go.
With the case, added strap locks, and a nice strap, do you think 3,000 is a reasonable price?
It is a great guitar.
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Old February 28th, 2018, 09:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well Steve, price is subjective.
I did a search on Reverb, they suggested a range of 1800 to 2400. That seemed a bit on the low side to me. They usually come to that as to what they would pay and what they have sold in the past.
E-bay shows a range from 2300-4000, but the more expensive ones are from the 50/60s so, you need to take that into account.
GC shows that they have 16 in there system 2500-5700 (but that one in a 1959).

Also, do you have the case candy? The case, tags, manual, warranty card, tools if you have that, this raise the value as well.

Lastly, how fast do you need to sell it? If you can sit tight for 6 months to get the right buyer, I think I would start at 3500 and see who bites.

This is a great guitar, but it's not a Les Paul, you need to find the right buyer for it.
Being your in LA, have you considered talking to Fret Americana? They are a high end guitar dealer, and they might want to consign it with them.

Just a thought.
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This is good advice, but for now, I think I will hang onto it. Thanks everyone.
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