The Gibson ES-175 was introduced in 1949 as a mid-size, more affordable version of the venerable L-5. And it has many versions from Gibson and Epiphone. This mint condition version was from the Korea Premier series ! Testing this ES-175, it sounds almost as good unplugged as it does plugged in. Promise. With the Gibson USA '57 pickups you get the true vintage vibe that you are looking for, in a comfortable, easy playing guitar.