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FACTOIDS & TRIVIA

The ES-225TD was introduced in 1955 and discontinued in 1959.  Like the ES-125, ES-150 and ES-175, the ES-225 was a fully hollow, thinline guitar equipped with one or two P-90 pickups.  Unlike the ES-125 and ES-150, the ES-225 had a single cutaway body.  Depending on how you look at it, the ES-225 was either an upscale budget model or a budget "professional" model (probably the former).  Gibson produced 920 dual pickup ES-225s in 1958:  697 were finished in sunburst (225TD) and 223 were finished in natural (225TDC).  During the last year of production, the ES-225's long trapeze tailpiece (as found on 1952-53 Les Pauls and ES-295s) was replaced by the standard rosewood bridge and nickel plated trapeze tail as found on the ES-125.  This guitar shown here is an early example of a 225 with the later tailpiece and bridge.  Sadly, many ES-225TDs are stripped and pirated for their wiring harnesses and parts by people trying to create late '50s Les Paul forgeries.

GIBSON ES-225TD (1958)

Body:  Hollow; laminated maple top and back, solid mahogany sides, single bound top and back

Finish:  Sunburst, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck:  1-piece mahogany, set-in

Fingerboard:  Brazilian rosewood, single bound; pearloid dot  markers

Number of Frets:  20

Pickguard:  4-ply black-white celluloid

Bridge:  Rosewood on rosewood base with nickel trapeze tailpiece

Nut:  Plastic

Tuners:  Gotoh reproduction Kluson Deluxe, enclosed, nickel (non-original)

Pickups:  Two, Gibson P-90 single coil with adjustable pole pieces

Controls:  Tone and volume for each pickup

Scale Length:  24 3/4 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 5/8 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  16 inches

Body Depth:  1 3/4 inches

Weight:  n/a





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