I’ve wanted one for years, but strangely never owned one. They were the very backbone of Jazz guitar for decades. Ellis, Pass, Hall, and many other Jazz players either played ES-175s, or ES-350s (which is basically a 17” 175).Do it!
I remember that tney were pretty thick. Using the cutaway always seemed like crawling through a blind tunnel.3 and 5/16ths at the horn
Mine is an es 295 but its the same body as the 175. Shown next to a 6120 RHH clocking in at 2 3/4”
Chet was my greatest hero, too, but somehow I thought that I could attract an audience with that kind of music. I was a living anachronism. Howe, OTOH, had enough sense to play music that was salable. I remember hearing him in Yes and knowing that this was an excellent player.I own a 1950 ES-125, which serves me well as a "poor man's" vintage Gibson archtop.
No cutaway, only one P-90 in the neck position, and it feeds back like a banshee without a band at moderate levels in my music room. I can't imaging how Steve Howe has played that ES-175 at stage volume for so many years with such success. He must have one hell of a soundman.
Howe bought the ES-175 brand new in 1964. It has only been played by one other person since he bought it. Chuck Berry.
Howe's greatest guitar hero while growing up? Chet Atkins.