Nashville, TN (November 14, 2014) -- The ES-225 was first introduced in 1956 as the lower-cost sibling of the "thinline" Byrdland and ES-350T guitars of the year before—fully hollow archtops with built-in pickups and electronics, designed for a new generation of players. Aimed initially at jazz players seeking to lighten the load and combat feedback, the ES-225 quickly became a favorite of bluesers and rock'n'rollers for its comfortable feel, superb playability, and raw, biting P-90 tone. The 1959 ES-225 from Gibson Memphis captures the essential features and full vintage vibe of the best year of this great thinline Electric Spanish guitar, re-creating the full look, feel, and sonic versatility of an underappreciated classic, in a stunning Vintage Burst finish with nickel hardware.
he 1959 ES-225 from Gibson Memphis is made with the same shape and laminated-maple construction of the iconic ES-175, but with a thinline body that makes it a real pleasure to play. It is crafted with vintage-spec ingredients, including hand-carved spruce braces, and mahogany headblock and tailblock. The quarter-sawn mahogany neck is secured with hot hide glue, just like in the classic era of great Gibson archtops, with a comfortably rounded '59 profile and a one-piece hand-selected dark rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays and tan vintage binding. A pair of period-correct Memphis Historic Spec P-90 pickups induce all the warmth, growl and sizzle that players have come to love from these legendary fat single-coil pickups. Vintage-certified tone is further ensured by a traditional wrapover "bail" bridge and tailpiece and a genuine nylon nut, with plastic-button Kluson tuners to complete the look. Your 1959 ES-225 comes protected in a brown Gibson hardshell case with plush charcoal lining, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity along with other literature and coverage.
Les Paul Supreme Florentine
Classic Les Paul lines are upgraded with a sharp Florentine cutaway that mirrors the legendary Gibson archtops, while the weight-relieved mahogany body wears luscious highly figured maple on its top and back. Pear split-block inlays, gold hardware throughout, gold Speed Knobs and a bound headstock with abalone Supreme inlay and gold truss-rod cover complete the look. But this Supreme is more than just a trophy piece: two alnico humbucking pickups—a 490 in the neck position and hotter 498 in the bridge—give you all the tones that made the original Les Paul Standard famous, while a genuine Bigsby vibrato enhances the atmosphere. The Limited Run Les Paul Supreme Florentine comes protected in a Vintage Brown Gibson hardshell case.
Les Paul Classic "Rock" Series
The Les Paul Classic "Rock" takes its name in two directions, with stylish geologically inspired looks and powerful tones. Classic Les Paul construction is all there, with a mahogany body and carved maple top, but modern elegance roars forward in the unique Turquoise top finish with Ebony back and neck. A BurstBucker 1 in the neck and hotter BurstBucker 2 in the bridge ensure juicy PAF-style tones, while a master tone allows installation of a mini-toggle to trigger the powerful 15dB Turbo Boost. Esthetics are enhanced by chrome knobs with abalone inlays, black binding edging a one-piece rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays, and chrome-plated hardware. To take it all home, the glued-in mahogany neck is carved to Gibson's popular SlimTaper profile for unparalleled speed and comfort. Each guitar comes protected in a Vintage Brown Gibson Hardshell case.
Hit one detuned power chord on the Explorer Blackout and you're likely to dim the lights for several blocks around the venue. A pair of Dirty Fingers pickups put some of Gibson USA's most powerful humbuckers beneath your fingertips, while the all-black esthetics and radical Explorer styling complete a guitar that can walk the walk just as fiercely as it talks the talk. Select mahogany for body and neck ensures rich tone and sustaining resonance, with a SlimTaper neck for unparalleled Gibson playing speed. Dial in the looks with a down-swept, six-a-side Explorer headstock, a black-bound fingerboard with split-diamond inlays, black-chrome hardware and black Speed Knobs, and the Explorer Blackout Limited Run is the most sinister axe on stage or in the studio. Each guitar comes protected in a Vintage Brown Gibson Hardshell case.
The "reverse-body" Firebird has been beloved since the early '60s for its radical looks and rich tones. The Firebird 7 takes the elegance of top-flight model and adds fatter, creamier tones with a triple of full-sized '57 Classic humbuckers. The original neck-through-body, 9-ply construction with mahogany body wings establishes a solid core for optimum resonance and sustain, which translates to everything from thumping rock crunch to singing, throaty blues tones through these great PAF-style pickups. A Lyre vibrato tailpiece enhances both looks and sonic versatility, while the reversed six-a-side headstock carries Steinberger gearless tuners for optimum precision. Add a one-piece rosewood fingerboard with acrylic block markers, traditional Firebird pickguard with phoenix graphic, and wrap it all in a luscious Blue Mist finish, and this is a bird you won't want to cage.
The SGS3 takes the timeless elegance of the "Black Beauty" and applies it to the iconic SG body style to create a stunning homage to this early-'60s rocker. The classic SG body is crafted from solid mahogany, with asymmetrical pointed horns and a beveled edge for comfort, and looks absolutely killer in Ebony nitro with 5-ply black pickguard and black Top-Hat knobs. Gold-plated hardware—including a vintage-style Sideways Vibrola updated for improved performance—completes the Custom look, while three of Gibson's popular '57 Classic humbuckers ensure unparalleled tone. The glued-in mahogany neck has a SlimTaper profile for that fast, slick playing feel that rockers have come to know and love, with a bound one-piece rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays. Protect it in a Vintage Brown hardshell case from gig to gig, and you're ready to rock out in grand style.
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