NGD: Epiphone ES-135 blueburst

Death Incarnate

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I snagged this bad boy off Reverb.






For 14 years old, it's in ridiculous condition. There's some ghosting under the finish in the headstock, which I've never seen. You only see it under certain reflections. The rest of the body and finish is mint. I'm always impressed when a guitar over a decade old, is in better condition that guitars I've bought new. I had previously owned a Gibson ES-135 in blueburst and stupidly sold it. My old thread on that NGD is actually right here. Over ten years ago. Damn, time flies. I like how the Epi 135 blueburst finish is on the back body and back of the neck too, just like my Gibson 135 blueburst was.

It's MIK from the Peerless factory. No peers matched! :laugh2: Maple body, chrome hardware, and interestingly, it has a chromyte center block, instead of maple like most Epi Dots. Epiphone only made a version of the ES-135 for one year in 2006, and they were all blueburst. That's my favorite finish, so lucky me. Epiphone basically took their Sorrento and adorned it cosmetically to match the ES-135. The 135 is 175 shaped, but thinner like a 335 and Casino, but slight thicker. It just feel right. I find it so strange they haven't brought the model back, maybe with P-90s, or even just black or red ones with humbuckers.
 

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They only made them one year.
Love the blue.
I would love to buy one but the current market is outrageous for what sellers want.
Same body as the 90s Sorrentos.

Those are now going from $6-900.
 

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Not familiar with the model; is it a full hollow-body or a semi?
135s are semi. Now that I think of it, I don’t think Gibson or Epiphone have ever put out a fully hollow 135 shape, that was also 135 width (thin like 335), and not twice as wide like the 175. They should!
 

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135s are semi. Now that I think of it, I don’t think Gibson or Epiphone have ever put out a fully hollow 135 shape, that was also 135 width (thin like 335), and not twice as wide like the 175. They should!
ES-225-T 1955-59
ES-125-TC 1956-70
ES-125-TDC 1956-70

But according to Wikipedia (so take it for what it is), the "135" designation was used 1956-58 for a full-depth version of the ES-125, and 1991-2002 for a thinline semi-hollow.
 

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ES-225-T 1955-59
ES-125-TC 1956-70
ES-125-TDC 1956-70

But according to Wikipedia (so take it for what it is), the "135" designation was used 1956-58 for a full-depth version of the ES-125, and 1991-2002 for a thinline semi-hollow.
Oh wow, that's really interesting. Whenever I saw an ES-125, it was always one of these:



That's very confusing the ES-125-TC and ES-125-TDC were ES-135 shaped fully hollows. I probably had never heard of them because they haven't put any out in half a century. If the ES-330 is the fully hollow ES-335, shouldn't the fully hollow ES-135 be the ES-130? Just looked it up, and they did put out a fully hollow ES-130, but it was the ES-125 shape in pic above. Madness!
 

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Hey Death,
I just picked up a similar Epi 135 too. Mine is rather heavy.
I would shine a light in the F-holes and check your block, mine is definitely not chromyte (Balsa) it appears to be a figured variation of mahogany.
After finding that, I figured it was as good as any US x35 and a heck of a lot cheaper!
Check it out!
 

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That's very confusing the ES-125-TC and ES-125-TDC were ES-135 shaped fully hollows. I probably had never heard of them because they haven't put any out in half a century. If the ES-330 is the fully hollow ES-335, shouldn't the fully hollow ES-135 be the ES-130? Just looked it up, and they did put out a fully hollow ES-130, but it was the ES-125 shape in pic above. Madness!
Well, it all boils to the fact that up through at least '59, the numerals in the ES line, as with the Super 300 & Super 400, was the original price (except for the ES-5; don't know what's up with that. Seems like a refugee from the L- models).
 


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