’57 ES225TN

This was some way down my list but gradually rose up given my love of the single pickup thinlines which it precedes.  I discovered this in rural Australia via eBay.  Sensibly priced and beautifully packaged for shipping (though it was steep and customs caned me for duty and vat).

But what a sweet, super-clean guitar with a strong P90 pickup (8.3k?) and a lovely zingy yet also woody sound.  Like my rare Epiphone 230T, it’s never had a strap button on the neck heel.

Everything’s original down to the skinny frets, but it plays really well despite them – you have to fret more accurately to get sustain, but on the upside they give the tone a bit more bite.

’57 ES225TN Photo Cal Wootton

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