Classic gear: Gibson ES-225

Classic gear: Gibson ES-225
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By the mid-'50s, the demand for electric guitars had gained serious momentum. In 1954, Gibson’s electric models outsold its acoustics for the first time, and it became clear that big changes were afoot in the guitar world.

In the first half of the decade, Gibson introduced the 13/4-inch-deep Les Paul range alongside its standard 3 3/8-inch-depth electric archtops, and the new solidbody form began to dominate the market. 

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Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.