The ES-175 has long been the world's most popular jazz guitar, and the 2016 1959 ES-175D from Gibson Memphis captures the most desirable incarnation in its truest form.
Shinichi Ubukata is a highly regarded guitarist and songwriter in Japan.
He began his career in 1998 as guitarist for the band Ellegarden, who released five albums in Japan as well as several EPs and maxi singles, and shared stages with groups like Sum 41 and Foo Fighters.
When Ellegarden went on hiatus in 2008, he formed his own group, Nothing's Carved In Stone and has released eight studio albums with this band.For his signature model ES-355, Ubukata requested several unique features, including bound diamond f holes, a dark rosewood fretboard, nickel hardware, MHS humbuckers complemented by a new mono Varitone circuit, Grover "Milk Bottle" tuners and aluminum Bigsby B-7 tremelo.
The result is a distinctive, eye-catching version of Gibson's top of the line ES which also offers a wide palette of diverse tonal colors.
As a final touch, the artist's "skull" logo decal is applied to the peghead back and also silk-screened on the hardshell case.
Tan (back binding), 3-Ply (back pieces), Zig-Zag (tailpiece type), 21.717 mm / .855 (thickness fret 1), 25.40 mm / 1.000 (thickness fret 12), Tan (fingerboard binding), Tortoiseshell (fingerboard side dots), 30.48 cm / 12 (fretboard radius), None (includes), Soft "C (neck shape), Hot Hide Glue (neck fit adhesive), 1 (neck pieces), Nylon (nut material), 5.588 cm / 2.200 (neck end board width), SP-1 (peg head type), Maple, Poplar, Maple (top material), Tan (top binding), 3-Ply (top pieces)
3-Ply (W-B-W) (back binding), 3-Ply (back pieces), Bigsby B-7 (tailpiece type), 22.86 mm / .900 (thickness fret 1), 25.146 mm / .990 (thickness fret 12), White (fingerboard binding), Black (fingerboard side dots), 30.48 cm / 12 (fretboard radius), None (includes), Franklin Titebond 50 (neck fit adhesive), 1 (neck pieces), Bone (nut material), 5.6896 cm / 2.240 (neck end board width), SP-2 (peg head type), Maple, Poplar, Maple (top material), 7-Ply (W-B-W-B-W-B-W) (top binding), 3-Ply (top pieces)