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  #037   2003 Gibson ES 175.  STEVE HOWE.

The STEVE HOWE model is a replica of Steve's famous ES 175 from his YES days.    It has his trademark oversize selector switch knob, the original apparently carved by him from a spare volume control knob.    The whole guitar is finished in Triburst with an overlay of Antique Natural to give it that aged look.    Consequently all the binding and even the headstock logo and crown motif look golden with age.

  This guitar has an interesting history.    It was signed by Steve Howe and presented by Gibson to one of their endorsees at a Gibson VIP and Music Industry Award concert.    On stage that night it was played briefly by Jimmy Vivino after which was it returned to its case until I acquired it 2 years later.     This was a really nice guitar to play but very bright sounding and I have always been searching for that sweet, sweet tone.    

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