Vintage Bench Test: 1957 Gibson ES225TDN

Gibson ES225

The ES-225 was Gibson’s first thinline hollowbody, and yet it doesn’t get the same attention as its golden-era Kalamazoo siblings. But with original P-90s and a fabulous neck profile, it’s one of the few remaining 50s Gibsons that doesn’t cost rockstar money. Huw Price discovers a sleeper that’s primed to wake up… The ES-225 is one of More...

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By theguitarmagazine.com On Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
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Vintage Bench Test: 1963 Gibson SG/Les Paul Standard

The Les Paul officially became the SG in 1963, but guitars were still leaving Kalamazoo with the man’s name on their truss rod covers until the tail end of the year. Huw Price gets to grips with one of the last More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, October 8th, 2018
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The Reverb Top 10: Pedals Under £50

Everyone loves a bargain, right? And with each of these stompboxes setting you back less than 50 notes, there are steals for everyone. Reverb’s Dan Orkin counts down the top 10… While peering wistfully into More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
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Vintage Bench Test: 1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom – Custom Fit

The black-lacquered, jazz club sophistication of the earliest LP Custom takes more of its styling cues from Steinway than Stromberg. Huw Price steps out with a grand ’56 model… Introduced in late 1953, the More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, June 11th, 2018
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The Money Shot: Fender 1963 Precision Bass & 1964 Telecaster

The 8 March guitar auction at Gardiner Houlgate in Corsham, Wiltshire, featured a staggering array of desirable vintage instruments, but two of our favourites were beaten-up sunburst Fenders from the first half More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
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Vintage Bench Test: 1963 Fender Stratocaster

You might think that the idea of unearthing an all-original golden-era Fender that’s been kept under a bed or in a closet for decades is pure fantasy. But they are still out there, as Huw Price’s encounter with More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
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Vintage Bench Test: 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom

In 1953, Les Paul asked for a guitar that “looked like a tuxedo”, but by the late 60s the Custom had built its own legend. Huw Price checks out a strummer from ’69… The luxurious Les Paul Custom evolved More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, April 16th, 2018
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Andy Scott’s ES-335 – Block Buster

Andy Scott’s red ES-335 starred on the Sweet’s remarkable string of glam hits in the early 1970s. Steve Clarke gets up-close with this storied Gibson and busts a few myths about it along the way… Before More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Thursday, April 5th, 2018
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Vintage Bench Test: 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard ‘Duggie Lock Burst’

There are times when an instrument is so wonderful and iconic that staying appropriately impartial and dispassionate can be a challenge. With that in mind, this gorgeous 1960 Les Paul Standard is going to be a test More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
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Vintage Time Machines: Gibson Trini Lopez

With its diamond soundholes, the Trini Lopez is one of Gibson’s most recognisable semi-hollow designs. This original 60s example is in excellent condition for its age… While never one of the more mainstream More...