Up for consideration is a 1956 Gibson Es-225 electric guitar and case, with a contemporary upgrade to the classic 1PU original -- powered by 3x Rio Grande Baby Dawgbucker PUPs. This is a great original 1956 ES-225 that came with a single P90 in the center position, which made for a great playing guitar, but with zero tonal flexibility. To remedy the situation, we have modded this vintage guitar with a trio of 4-conductor Rio Grande Dawgbuckers, which in my mind have the best split-coil sound of any 4-conductor Humbucker I have tried. In addition, we have wired them up to the new Stew-Mac Free Way selector switch, which gives you 6 toggle positions, and unmatched tonal variety. New, Gibson has just released the Historic Reissue of the 2PU ES-225 for $3,299 each, so here is a rare opportunity to own a 3 PU 1956 Vintage Original 225 in excellent condition, and save about $1,000!!!
HI -RES PHOTOS:
HERE for 1270 DPI Hi-Res photos of this 1956 ES-225, and here are some Webzine + end user reviews:
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CLASSIC 1959 GUITAR
1950's ES-225's have a great vintage character and tone comes from the wonderful workmanship and aged select tonewoods from the Gibson factory in the late 50s. Also the 1950s neck profile is often copied, but rarely with complete success. The idea here was to comvert the single PU ES225 into a guitar with great tonal variety -- turning a weakness of the stock guitar into a strength. We started with a set of Rio Grande Dawgbuckers, which are actually mini humbuckers in a P90 Dog Ear surround. The 4-Conductor Dawgbucker is a great PU -- with the best single-coil sound from any HB that I have heard. With 3x of these onboard, you can get a wide variety of tones, and we opted for the Stew-Mac Free Way Switch, a 6-way PU selector switch that looks like a standard 3-way toggle, and has the 3 HB modes on the left side, and the inner 3 positions of a Strat's 5-way switch on the right side of the switch. This was done using a custom schematic, drawn up for us by the switch's inventor!!! CLICK HERE for the guitar's wiring schematic. In addition, the Volume and Tone pots are now Push/Pull, and only operate in Position 5, for Middle PU humbucker/single coil mode, and then all 3 PU active/middle only. So in all, there are 8 different tonal varieties -- all contolled by just 2 knobs: master volume and master tone.
ES225 SOUND CLIPS
Click HERE for sound clips of this guitar. A previous ES225 project convinced me on the merrits of using the Rio Grand pickups. HERE is a page showing that guitar with a few sound clips. The close proximity of the 3PUs to each other create a more subtle effect, with slight tonal shifts when switching positions, but the tonal versatility and control is excellent, and all 8 of the positions and splits sound amazing.
1956 ES225 FEATURES
* Original 1956 Body
* Original Finish
* Original 1959 Bridge
* Original Truss Cover
* Original End Pin
* New Kluson Tuners
* 3x Rio Grande PUs
* 6-Way PU Selector
* 2x Push-Pull Pots
* New Ameritage Case
* Made in USA
SHIPPING & TERMS
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return, buyer pays shipping, so please ask questions first. This auction is for a 1956 Gibson ES-225 electric guitar and Ameritage Hardshell case. No other accessories are included.
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