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Collective wisdom,

 

I'm in the market for a thin line, single cutaway, and comparing a 50s es225 and a 60s es175T.

P90s vs Humbuckers. The 225 has a replacement tailpiece/bridge.

Are there any other significant differences? They're both laminated, right? Both thin line hollow. Same 16" lower bout.

 

thanks for any illumination.

 

Tom

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Collective wisdom,

 

I'm in the market for a thin line, single cutaway, and comparing a 50s es225 and a 60s es175T.

P90s vs Humbuckers. The 225 has a replacement tailpiece/bridge.

Are there any other significant differences? They're both laminated, right? Both thin line hollow. Same 16" lower bout.

 

thanks for any illumination.

 

Tom

The ES-175T model didn't exist in the '60's. They were available from 1976-80.

 

Here's a relevant thread from 2011: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/76260-gibson-es-175t/

 

A catalog page from the 50's with 225 specs: http://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/gibson/catalogues/1958_9.php

 

and a late 70s Gibson catalog page for the 175T: http://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/gibson/catalogues/1978_18.php

 

One thing that stands out to me (albeit a minor thing) is that the 225 was 1 3/4" deep; and the 175T was 1 7/8" deep.

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The ES-175T model didn't exist in the '60's. They were available from 1976-80.

 

Here's a relevant thread from 2011: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/76260-gibson-es-175t/

 

A catalog page from the 50's with 225 specs: http://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/gibson/catalogues/1958_9.php

 

and a late 70s Gibson catalog page for the 175T: http://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/gibson/catalogues/1978_18.php

 

One thing that stands out to me (albeit a minor thing) is that the 225 was 1 3/4" deep; and the 175T was 1 7/8" deep.

 

 

Thanks Retro & Jim.

Yes, the 175t is a 1976. I had a dyslexic moment.

 

The 175t is a pretty cool guitar but feels heavier, somehow a little clunkier, even though the neck is actually thinner.

I prefer the sound of the 225, and I'm not sure it's entirely because of the P90s. It sounds woodier, with a little more bite.

I'm also smitten with the warm 50s finish, less crazy about the yellowish sunburst of the 175.

And the real deal maker--I have to admit it--the 225 smells like a 50s guitar. In a good way.

Nice to have to make such decisions.

 

Tom

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