GIBSON ES-175D 1970
I acquired this beauty as a straight swap with venerable British jazz guitarist Ivor Mairantz, who was also the main Gibson dealer in London. I had a vintage Gibson L-7 that he openly coveted, so he gave me the 175 and a Gibson Hummingbird acoustic in exchange for the L-7.
If I still had the L-7 it would probably go for $ 30,000 or so, but it wasn’t a practical instrument for me at that time, so it made sense to do the trade. The Hummingbird has long since flown the coop, but this 175 is still a big go-to guitar for me, after 44 years.
Modifications: Replaced the original humbuckers with Seymour Duncan, and added a Bigsby.