Gibson ES-225TD vs Heritage H-525

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  1. Guitarman1

    Guitarman1 Member

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    Could anybody describe the difference in sound?

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  2. musicofanatic5

    musicofanatic5 Supporting Member

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    Big difference, presuming the 525 is a separate bridge/tailpiece set-up. The 225 has the long trapeze terminating in a wrap-around bridge (like an R4 or second-version LP). The quality of the attack of the note is very different; quicker, some say. The quality of the sustain is different, too. Not necessarily more sustain, just a different sonic quality to the way the note decays. Definately not for everyone and essential to test drive before buying.

    Did I mention the 225, with production ending in 1959 is gonna smell soooooo much better, and, imo, look much cooler, too?
     
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    Anyone know why Gibson stopped using the longer trapeze tailpiece like the one on the 225? Were there functionality issues or was it just not a popular design? Doesn't seem like something that really caught on.
     
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    Yeah. Ted McCarty had a crystal ball, looked into the future and saw there would be an internet forum where people who don't even play in a band would obsess about their intonation!!! Haw!

    But seriously, this tail-piece came out in '52 and by '54 the tuna-matic was introduced. It was "obsolete" almost instantly. So much of what I like the sound of is "obsolete". I reckon I probably am, too!
     

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