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25 January 2010 2 Comments
 Gibson Es 325The Gibson Guitar Company was born with Orville Gibson, who began making instruments from his home in the late 1890s. When his company was incorporated in 1902 it set the stage for a long history of quality instruments that would help shape the future of American music. Unfortunately, times change. The company was sold to a South American brewing company in the 1970s by then-owner CMI, resulting in several years of excessive cost-cutting that drove Gibson into the ground...and almost out of business.

The history is important because the ES-325 epitomizes what Gibson was during that turbulent time. It was supposed to be a less expensive version of the venerable 335, but it wasn't even close. Where the 335 was a legitimate semi-hollow, the 325 was a Frankenstein-like combination of a semi-hollow and a solid electric. Gibson's new parent company, Norlin, used every means possible to cut costs, including only one F-hole. This strange body construction, combined with non-adjustable humbuckers, produced a sound that was neither characteristic of the Gibson tradition nor pleasant to listen to.

Norlin's cost-cutting went even deeper when they decided to pre-wire the controls to a plastic plate. The problem was, they never quite mastered the technique and the controls wore out very quickly. Norlin also used the ES-325 as a means to get rid of excess parts inventories. That's why it's not uncommon to see two models of the guitar with completely different hardware, tuners, tailpieces, and so on.

Mercifully, the ES-325 ceased production in 1979. Even more fortunate was the rescue of Gibson by new owners in the late 1980s. Today you can still find ES-325s on the market for about $2,000, but rest assured the money is not going to get you a high quality, playable instrument. What you're paying for is a piece of history that many Gibson fans would rather forget.

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Additional Resources for Gibson Es 325

What would you rather choose an es 335 a Gretsch Country Gentleman Rickenbacker 325 or a Gibson Black Beauty?

I have a chance to buy any one of these that I listed.

Tough tough choice, but Gretsch by a wee margin..

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