Gibson (used, 1958) ES225TD Natural Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

Tag No 32-4294 Used


According to our beloved Wikipedia, which derives its research from books by Tom Wheeler and Andre’ Duchossoir: “The Gibson ES-225 is a thinline hollowbody electric guitar model produced by the Gibson Guitar Corporation between 1955 and 1959. It is notable as the first thinline hollowbody guitar produced by Gibson. The ES-225 was originally introduced in 1955 as the ES-225T, a thinline hollowbody guitar featuring a Florentine cutaway, the Les Paul combined bridge and tailpiece (also used on the Les Paul from 1952–1953 and on the ES-295), a laminated pickguard, and a single P-90 pickup mounted in an unusual position mid-way between the bridge and the end of the fingerboard. From 1956 the ES-225TD, a twin pickup model with conventional pickup positioning, was also available. Both models had a tobacco sunburst finish, with more expensive natural finish models (ES225TN and ES-225TDN) also available from 1956. The specifications remained the same during the period the guitars were manufactured, with the exception that in 1959 a few guitars were made with separate trapeze-style tailpieces and floating Tune-o-matic bridges. When the guitar was initially marketed it was the first thinline hollowbody guitar Gibson had produced, preceding the Byrdland and ES-350T models. In 1959 the ES-225 was phased out in favor of the ES-330 and ES-125T models. The 2-pickup blonde version is very rare with just 223 shipped in 1958 and a total of only 542 between 1956-1959.

ES-225T is has a body width of 16” at the widest part, nominally 9 ¼” at the waist, and 11 7/16th” width at the upper bout. It has a total length of approximately 40”, a depth at the bottom side of 1 7/8”, and a “Florentine” or sharp cutaway on the upper treble bout. It ostensibly has 14 frets to the body joint on the bass side and 20 frets total; a crème bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, a black (presumably polished ebony) headplate inlaid with the postwar script “Gibson” logo in mother of pearl and under that a white bordered black bell-shaped truss rod cover held in place by two screws. The nut width is 1 11/16th” and the string spacing at the bridge is 2”.

Let’s talk about originality – the tuners have been replaced with Gibson brand Kluson Deluxe tuners, the case is period appropriate (but not original). Otherwise the guitar is in original condition. There are small scuffs throughout the body but mainly on the neck, sides at the bottom. The top and back are quite clean but do show normal signs of use and wear. There are two repaired cracks located on the top lower bout, one on the bass side and one on the treble side. The pickguard is warping and has become somewhat concave but does not affect playability. There is also some discoloration of the metal bridge. The binding on nearly the entire instrument has become shaded yellow so that it matches the rest of the guitar.

In December 2011 this guitar was purchased from the ‘Richard Gere Collection’ at Christie’s.  You can see the original listing (which references the serial number) for this guitar on the Christie’s website.  

Our Price is $5,075.00.

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