Gibson ES-225T - 1957 - OHSC - USED

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  • Regular price $3,499.00

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 to 1953 and on the ES 295), a laminated pickguard, and a single P-90 pickup mounted in an unusual position midway between the bridge and the end of the fingerboard, the pickup in the middle seems odd but helps prevent feedback. This one weighs 5.1 lbs and includes an Original Gibson Lifton HSC.

Basic Specs:

  • Maple Top / Back and Sides (Laminated)
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Brazilian Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Neck Profile Measurements: .94" @ 1st fret / .99" @ 10th fret
  • Original Wiring Harness / Original P90 Pickup
  • Replaced Tuning Machines
  • Replaced Truss Rod Cover
  • Original Hardshell Case - Brown Lifton


This 1957 Gibson ES 225T - Used is in Very Good Condition for its age. There are a few changed parts, but this guitar does not have any breaks or structural cracks. The headstock is in good shape with some minor chips and dings from years of string changes around the face of the headstock. There is some minor wear on the back of the headstock likely from the guitar being leaned up against a wall or similar. Tuners have been replaced with a modern Kluson tulip type single line tuner. The truss rod cover appears to have been replaced with modern type with narrow bevel and no "roll marks".

The original nut is in good shape. The frets are original with nibs intact. Frets have very little play wear and still have the majority of life left in them. The fretboard is in great dings, dents or cracks. The angle is good, and the action is great with no buzz. The original bridge and tailpiece were replaced with a rosewood floating bridge, and alternate tailpiece.

The top of the guitars body is in good overall condition with fine checking throughout. The is some finish flaking around the top F hole. The original pick guard has been replaced (original included in case, intact). The back of the headstock is in good shape with minor finish checking. No breaks or repairs. There is some wear on the back of the top back of the headstock likely from the guitar being leaned up against a wall or similar as previously noted. The back of neck is in very good condition very little wear. 

Additional info: There is a hole on the top of the neck heal from a previously removed strap button. . Checking is on the finish only and does not appear to have damaged the guitar in anyway. Brown Lifton case shows minor moisture damage on the inside consistent with these findings. outside of case is in good overall shape with wear expected for its age. Electronics work as they should without issue.  Overall this is a great player grade vintage instrument that is sure to increase in value over time. 

The instrument shown in the photos is of the actual instrument offered for sale. We'll double-inspect and play-test, professionally pack with care, and ship this instrument within 1 business day, and most cases, the same day if the order is placed by 3pm EST.