1958 Gibson ES-225 T + HSC
How about this Gibson ES-225 T from late 1958?
Marketed as Gibson's first thin-line hollow body guitar, the ES-225 was introduced in 1955 in the single pickup format with the pickup located centrally on the laminate top. With its twin pickup TD brethren, the ES-225 paved a way that would continue on through the Byrdland and ES-350 and usher in the ES-330 and pave the way for the semi-hollow ES guitars towards the end of the decade.
This is probably the earliest ES-225 we have seen with the separate tailpiece and bridge which is commonly seen only in 1959. This guitar is in great shape. The top of the body shows hardly any signs of fade, all three tones still look vibrant. It kept its deep gloss finish. The back too looks good with a few minor scratches. The fretboard is superb and the frets, though showing some signs of wear, still have plenty of life left in them.
The neck is comfortable and free of breaks, the lacquer is in great shape. The headstock, as with the body, has retained that deep gloss finish. Tuners are correct.
The tune-o-matic is a later example but the rosewood base is correct as is the nickel tailpiece.
Plastics are correct and are in fantastic condition.
Pickup is strong and with subtle manipulation of the controls can go from mellow to just enough bite and quack. A classic 50s P90.
The most surprising thing about these guitars is their versatility. Even with the hollow design, the guitar can withstand a surprising amount of gain before feedback becomes impossible. The enhanced bridge will also mean it can intonate correctly too!
A dark horse that is becoming a favorite here at ATB Guitars, the Gibson ES-225 is not to be overlooked if you're in search of that elusive 50s Gibson tone.
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