c.1955 Gibson ES-225T, Sunburst
This is a Gibson ES-225T from the latter half of the 1950s. This model was Gibson’s first thinline hollowbody when it was introduced in 1955, and was produced until 1959. This particular piece is difficult to place, as it has no headstock serial number and there are no visible stamps or labels in the body cavity. It does have the expected dog-ear P-90, Florentine cutaway, and Kluson tuners, which help us to place the model. This piece was loved and played over its long life, and has a great road worn look and feel. The fretboard has some decent wear on the first few positions, and the frets are also worn, with divots forming with decreasing intensity from the first fret to the twelfth fret. Despite this, it still plays very well, and the fat neck is nice and substantial in the hands. The sound from the P-90 is very well balanced, but smooths out very nicely with a turn of the tone knob. Aesthetically, it has gained a lot of that lovely checking you expect on nitro finishes, along with some bumps and dings here and there. The headstock has the most wear to the finish, and the back of the neck is losing some lacquer as well. There are also some filled-in holes on the body top for an unknown reason; perhaps a Bigsby style tremolo was retrofitted at some point. Apart from that, it has had its high and low E tuner knobs replaced, along with the volume and tone knobs. This piece is a no-nonsense player, and would be perfect for someone looking for a simple yet elegant vintage option. Ships in a gigbag.
Weight: 5 lbs. 7 oz.
Nut Width: 1 11/16”
6/10 (Good Condition) 1955-59 Made in the USA
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