NGD!! 1973 Gibson ES-325

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NGD!! 1973 Gibson ES-325

Postby spankin_low_watt on Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:20 am


So I was driving along 3:30 in the afternoon, and I happen to drive by a house with a moving truck in the driveway, along with six old guitar cases and a silver face Vibrolux. Well, I stopped the truck and spoke with the movers. The guitars' owner was inside the house. He came out, we talked -- he was moving to Las Vegas the next day (we're in Jersey). Yep - he sold me one of his guitars -- he needed the dough. Picked up this KILLER es-325. Sounds AWESOME. He bought it in 1973/4. I'm the second owner. He said he used it in a punk band in the 1970s called the Wasters. Yeah it's dinged and scraped but I'm lovin' it. Sold my PRS CE-22 to pay for it. I'm flippin.' Sounds great through my '66 Princeton Reverb.

This guitar will never be for sale (barring outrageous circumstances).

Woohoo! :D :D :D
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Re: NGD!! 1973 Gibson ES-325

Postby Unit_1 on Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:56 am


there should be a jealous icon..... :mrgreen:
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Re: NGD!! 1973 Gibson ES-325

Postby DetroitBlues on Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:56 pm

wow, looks mint from the pic! The headstock is still glossy!

Is the 325 sort of like the 330 (thin hollow body), but has the Firebird like pickups instead of P90's?
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Re: NGD!! 1973 Gibson ES-325

Postby spankin_low_watt on Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:02 pm

It has its share of wear. There's a small spot worn in the finish to the bare wood on the upper horn. I'm thinking its from the way the orig owner set his strap. It turns out that the guitar is a "2nd". But whatever cosmetic flaw it had to earn the 2 is no longer discernible, and I doubt it was the worn spot on the horn. And good call on the pickups -- they're the same mini-hums used on the Firebirds and LP Deluxes at the time. It's a cool sounding guitar.
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Re: NGD!! 1973 Gibson ES-325

Postby OldSchoolDave on Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:44 pm

spankin_low_watt wrote: -- they're the same mini-hums used on the Firebirds and LP Deluxes at the time.

Minor point, but LP Deluxe pickups have adjustable pole pieces. Firebirds do not. There may be more differences than that, under the hood.

Cool guitar, indeed! One like it recently popped up on STL CL.

As to the Factory Second thing - I worked at a Gibson dealership in the 80's. At that time, it was primarily minor finish flaws (crack, drip, etc.) that accounted for the headstock getting stamped with a "2". I never saw one that had playability issues. If there were, they were addressed before shipping from the factory.

That said, dealers did get a pretty hefty discount on the Seconds. As you mentioned, it's probably difficult to actually find the "flaw" 30 or more years later. Most were hard to find back in the day. Accordingly, guitars with those designations don't seem to suffer in value.

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Re: NGD!! 1973 Gibson ES-325

Postby pckpat on Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:02 am

"Right place at the right time" (sorry, Dr. John) :P
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