4/02/2016

1964 Gibson TG-25N Flattop Tenor Guitar





While this tenor guitar's model name suggests it's the 4-string version of a B-25 (as in, the '60s version of the LG-2/LG-3), it's ladder-braced and so it's really more of a cross between an LG-1 and something like a '30s KTG-14. It has the bite in the mids of the KTG-style guitar but a warmer bottom-end and slightly-scooped high-end like you'd expect on an LG-1.

This came in almost ready-to-go but I did have to do a light fret level/dress, add a few cleats to an old crack repair on the back, and make a new rosewood saddle to replace the old ceramic saddle which had its break-point for the strings 1/8" too forward (and thus made it play way out of tune up the neck). It's currently strung for DGBE with "12s" in Delmore Brothers fashion, but would also do octave-mandolin GDAE with good intonation using the same saddle.

I have to admit I really like this guitar -- it has just enough pickwear to the sides of the fretboard extension to give it "street cred," but it's also clean enough and lovely-sounding-enough to make it a very practical choice of tenor guitar -- especially for someone who might be into mostly-chordal play.


The top is solid spruce and the back, sides, and neck are a red-stained mahogany.


The nut is 1 3/16" and the original synthetic material. Note the weird "fret 1" markers! The truss works just fine and the neck is good and straight. Action is dialed-in at 1/16" overall at the 12th fret and it plays smooth and easy.




The original pickguard is actually thinner than a lot of Gib guards from this time and that's a huge plus.


The pins look half-original. Note the far-back break angle on my new rosewood saddle. Note only does this mean it plays in tune but the rosewood sounds a million times better than the ceramic.






The original Klusons are working just dandy.



The only cracks on the guitar are right here -- this longer, old-repair hairline... and the tiny one right over the kerfing next to it at the sharpest part of the waist. Both are in good order.







New mahogany cleats (just in case) for the old crack repair... and note the little bit of glue-seep from what appears to be an old brace reglue job.



The original, chipboard case comes with it, sans-handle.

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