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The ES-225 was Gibson’s first thinline hollowbody, and yet it doesn’t get the same attention as its golden-era Kalamazoo siblings. But with original P-90s and a fabulous neck profile, it’s one of the few remaining 50s Gibsons that doesn’t cost rockstar money. Huw Price discovers a sleeper that’s primed to wake up…

VINTAGE BENCH TEST

THIS 1957 EXAMPLE OF AN ES-225TDN MUST BE ABOUT AS GOOD AS IT GETS

The ES-225 is one of relatively few 50s Gibson models that flies under the radar. Maybe it’s because it was a short-lived stopgap between the deeper bodied ES-175 and the later ES-330 and ES-125T models. It could also be that no big name players are closely associated with the model.

When introduced in 1955, the ES-225T was Gibson’s first thinline. Although it shares the same laminated body construction and outline as an ES-175, Gibson opted for a single P-90 pickup placed centrally and a longer version of the trapeze tailpiece used on the earliest Les Pauls. Twopickup ES-225TD models were introduced the following year. The ES-225 was available in Sunburst and in this rather handsome Natural finish option. The latter guitars – known as the ES-225TN and ES-225TDN depending on pickup configuration – are rarer and more collectable.

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