As some of you may or may not know, a few years ago I was diagnosed with degenerative nerve damage stemming from a spinal injury i suffered in 2003 and which I had surgery for.
At this time, my doctor felt that my pain and reduced motor skills would not improve. At that point, i reluctantly decided to sell most of my instruments and concentrate on my beauty/fashion photography.
Miraculously through rehab and exercise, I was gradually able to restore the strength in my right arm and reduce the pain to managable levels. This coincided with a decision to get out of photography and go back to expressing myself with music...
Unfortunately, i sold my '89 Gibson 175 which I have many clips of and which I absolutely adored. I reached out to the local guy who bought my 175 and he wasn't interested in selling it back. So I went through probably 6 or 7 175s trying to find one that moved me as much as the original one. Among others, I tried a '59, a '62, a '67, '72, '85 and none of them had the feel and vibe of my '89. A guy reached out to me who had an '89 but he flip-flopped several times and ultimately decided to keep it.
Recently, I found an '89 and bought it. I had to get a fret level done and some other miscellaneous fixes to it but I got it back recently and it has the same feel, vibe and tone as my original...
HOWEVER...In the meantime, i got a seventy seven hawk standard and hawk jazz. Both of these are great guitars. The hawk standard sounds more like an early '60s 175 with it's lighter build and more delicate sounds whereas the hawk jazz has a little brighter and solid attack, reminding me a bit of Kreisberg meets Benson.
Interestingly, with the tone control down, the hawk jazz sounds very similar to the '89 Gibson through an amp. The gibson does have that old guitar vibe that you can't get out of any new guitar IMO but realistically, i'm probably the only one who hears that when I'm playing. When I listen back to recordings I've made of the jazz hawk vs my '89, the are amazingly similar.
And the hawk is lighter and more versatile. So I'm probably going to sell the Gibson. I'd like to do a comparison video where I demonstrate all 3 guitars before I sell the gibson.
1989 Gibson 175