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NGD! 1972 325

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I didn't know if this should go here or in the "Vintage" subforum. But I stuck it here. I have been looking for something really light. Two spinal surgeries last year and the potential of a 3rd here in the next couple months will do that. And I'm a huge BB Fan. The other night Steve Krenz on the Gibson Learn and Master Tuesday night Live Lesson from Gruhn Guitars grabbed a 1972 Gibson ES-325 off the wall for the lesson. He raved about what a gorgeous guitar it was and after he played about 4 bars I was in love. I knew I would be calling Gruhn's the next morning.

 

For those that don't know a 325 is a hollow body as opposed to a semi-hollow like a 335. Still a slim-line with mini-humbuckers instead of humbuckers. I might have been concerned about the sound being a little tinny (for me) had I not heard it. And I discussed it with Steve. He had backed the tone off about half and it sounded great.

 

Well, it's on a UPS truck heading my way [thumbup][love]

 

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Congratulations!

 

Gibson Mini Humbuckers are excellent pickups! I have a set in my 62/50 Sheraton. They have a lovely voice.

 

Good luck and please paste up some pictures when you receive it!

 

jv

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Cool! I really like the guard around the knobs (knobguard?), but the electronics look unnecessarily close together. The black outline looks nice too. Congrats!

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I'm confused. Should one of these numbers be different?

 

My mistake. corrected & thank you.

 

"For those that don't know a 325 is a hollow body as opposed to a semi-hollow like a 335.

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You might also correct the typo in the thread title!

 

Thank you. Sheez! I guess I was excited [blush]

 

It's in Omaha! Should be out for delivery tomorrow! Not that I am monitoring its progress on the UPS website every few minutes [drool][biggrin][thumbup]

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Thank you. Sheez! I guess I was excited [blush]

 

It's in Omaha! Should be out for delivery tomorrow! Not that I am monitoring its progress on the UPS website every few minutes [drool][biggrin][thumbup]

 

I didnt know about the 325. What a great idea. I'm exited too now. Dont forget to post back!

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I've now had it home for a few days and I have to say I am thrilled with my decision. I was apprehensive, of course, about buying a guitar without playing it. But I put a lot of confidence in Steve's and Greg's (Greg Voros, Gruhn Guitars Chief Luthier)descriptions and my confidence was very well rewarded.

 

First off, the appearance. Steve said that it wasn't nearly as bright red as it showed on the Gruhn website. That it was a lot prettier, deeper red and that is definitely the case. I love the color and the grain. As you can see, compared to the Gruhn's photos above, it is a gorgeous dark cherry red with beautiful grain. As I was unpacking it my wife commented on what a pretty color it is. For a 1972 it is shockingly unblemished. Greg went to great lengths to describe any nicks on it and with one exception I can not find any that he described. On the headstock, on the edge between the nut and the first tuner is a small blemish. Remember the old days when guitar players would put their cigarette under the strings there? It might be from that. But that's it!!

 

Playability: I hooked it up to my little Boss JS-8 first rather than my Blues, Jr. I wish I could describe how it felt. I now have a handful of guitars but it feels entirely unlike any of my others. I don't know if it's the slim neck profile; it very possibly is. But I love the feel of it. And I love the tone of the mini-humbuckers. I haven't had the opportunity to play it as much as I would like. But I will! I am currently working on "Silver Bells" in the Gibson Learn and Master Song Hits and I am going to post my recording of that with my new guitar!

 

I am disappointed in the weight. It is heavier than I expected. But that is unquestionably due to my not managing my expectations. And it is definitely lighter than my other guitars except the Epi Casino Coupe.

 

With the play-ability, tone and weight this is definitely, for now, my "main axe"!

 

Thanks again everybody for looking and sharing my excitement.

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That is one cool guitar and I'll bet that's got a wide range of tones.

Martin Barre of Jethro Tull fame has one somewhere in his collection.

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A real find - looks even better in your pics...I'd love to have a go on that! [love]

 

That much length of string between bridge and tailpiece must resonate a bit. I put a felt mute there on my ES175.

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Thanks everyone for the comments. I am loving it. Now if I could just learn to play it! [rolleyes] But, as we all know, a NGD enthuses us and gives us incentive to practice some more. Thanks again.

 

Congrats very nice guitar and good luck with your back surgery ! I've had two my self

 

4H

Thanks 4H. You know what I'm going through then. I got a spinal injection on Tuesday and it was brutal Tuesday nite. The day I got my new guitar! [thumbdn] :angry: I actually had my wife bring me a little practice amp next to my bed and I tried playing it a little bit on the side of the bed. [wink] But it is now getting better. But the spinal injection was both therapeutic and diagnostic. Overall, it didn't help much so I'm not sure what's next. Thanks again for the comment.

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Sweet guitar. I had a Firebird VII with 3 mini humbuckers and loved the tone, especially the neck pup.

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Thanks everyone for the comments. I am loving it. Now if I could just learn to play it! [rolleyes] But, as we all know, a NGD enthuses us and gives us incentive to practice some more. Thanks again.

 

 

Thanks 4H. You know what I'm going through then. I got a spinal injection on Tuesday and it was brutal Tuesday nite. The day I got my new guitar! [thumbdn] :angry: I actually had my wife bring me a little practice amp next to my bed and I tried playing it a little bit on the side of the bed. [wink] But it is now getting better. But the spinal injection was both therapeutic and diagnostic. Overall, it didn't help much so I'm not sure what's next. Thanks again for the comment.

 

Hope your back is getting better and enjoying your new guitar

 

4H

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Congrats on the guitar. An often overlooked model, it was brought back to prominence, when Caleb Followill singer with "Kings of Leon" took it as his main squeeze.

 

Good choice and enjoy.

 

Steve.

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