The Gibson ES-225TD was originally produced as the ES-225T in 1955. A thinline hollow body instrument with a Florentine cutaway, it featured a Les Paul combined bridge and tailpiece [also used on the Les Paul from 1952 – 1953) The guitar had a laminated pickguard and was originally fitted with a single P-90 pickup until 1956 when the more regularly positioned twin pickup version was introduced as the ES-225TD.

The guitar features a lovely tobacco sunburst finish, which was featured on all models of the ES-225 and when originally marketed, it was the first thinline hollow body guitar that had been produced by Gibson. In total 2,754 ES-225TD’s were produced by the company before they were discontinued.

What makes the 225 so significant is that it was the first thinline hollow body guitar Gibson ever produced! Sadly, the central pickup and honking great trapeze makes them look ugly, sound dull and a bitch to play. What makes this 225 so damn attractive is its dark “no-messin’ with me” tobacco sunburst finish, twin pickups and a proper bridge / tailpiece.   – See more at:

This guitar [see photo] – Gibson ES-225TD – dates from the first year of manufacture in 1956, and is one of only 205 made that year. It has been fitted with a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece and arm, which works wonderfully well in creating some truly classic rock’n’roll tones. The two P-90 pickups offer up all the bite and attack that you’d expect from these legendary single coils and work equally well with either clean or overdriven guitar sounds. If you play jazz, blues, rockabilly or just about any other classic style you won’t be disappointed with this incredible instrument.

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