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Gibson 1959 ES-225 Historic Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar   

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The Gibson 1959 ES-225 Historic Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar has a special place in history. Made for only a few years between 1955 and 1959, it was m...Click To Read More About This Product

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The return of a classic.

The Gibson 1959 ES-225 Historic Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar has a special place in history. Made for only a few years between 1955 and 1959, it was marketed as Gibson's first thinline hollowbody with a depth of 1-7/8". It sports some cool features, most notable of which is the Les Paul bridge and tailpiece combination that offers a surprising degree of adjustment for both action and intonation. Other historically accurate features not mentioned in specs below include a nylon nut, hot hide glue neck joint and under-wound pickups for authentic vintage tone. Perfect for jazz and blues, the 1959 ES-225 is 100% American made and includes a nice hardshell case.

  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Hollow body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Laminated maple
  • Body wood: Laminated maple
  • Body finish: Gloss nitrocellulose
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Shape: '59 rounded
  • Wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Historic
  • Finish: Gloss nitrocellulose
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Standard
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: MHS P-90
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: MHS P-90
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Parallel
  • Piezo: Not applicable
  • Active EQ: Not applicable
  • Special electronics: Not applicable
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Separate volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Not applicable
  • Kill switch: Not applicable
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Les Paul combined bridge/tailpiece
  • Tailpiece: Bale
  • Tuning machines: Historic white button
  • Color: Nickel/chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: 550K matched-set potentiometers
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Certificate of authenticity
  • Country of origin: United States

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


My go-to guitar

By Jim

from Pittsburgh PA

About Me Experienced


  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Light Weight
  • Unique Style


  • Feedback Noise From P90
  • Not Enough Frets Clear

Best Uses

  • Blues
  • Jamming
  • Jazz Like A Thin 175
  • Old School Country
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rockabilly
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gibson 1959 ES-225 Historic Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

Glad to see they are making this again. I bought my first one new in 1957, a single pickup blond. SInce then I've had two double pickups and one other single, all blonds. I still have a double, pretty well moded - humbuckers, tune-a-matic bridge, Schallers. It just feels RIGHT -wider neck, light weight. Always wanted more neck clear of the body, but you learn to get around that. If you remember Buddy Holly on the Sullivan show, his rhythm player had a 225. There's stuff that it doesn't do well (no shredding), but it's just a really comfortable,enjoyable guitar to sit and play.

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