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Gibson ES-125 Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1961

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Starting its life as the ES-100, the Gibson ES-125 was built as an affordable quality electrified archtop guitar for jazz and combo guitarists. It appeared as the ES-125 from 1941 to 1943, with wartime restrictions suspending production until 1946. The ES-125 stayed in production until 1970, but in the 1950’s thinline and cutaway versions appeared as the ES-1235T and ES-125TC, and an extra pickup at the bridge was available in the ES-125 TDC model.

Here we’re looking at a very nice Gibson ES-125 built during 1961 at the Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It’s in very nice shape, with expected but not extreme lacquer checking and normal but minor wear and tear. These models use Maple laminate for the 16.15 inch wide, 3.5 inch deep body, and Mahogany for the neck and body blocks. The fingerboard and bridge are Rosewood, which at the time many of these were built was sourced from Brazil. The tailpiece is simple, as are the strip-mounted Kluson Deluxe gears with creme buttons. A single P-90 pickup is in the neck position, with volume and tone controls on the top and an output jack on the side. The neck profile is typical of Gibson’s early 1960’s production, relatively narrow and slim.

This guitar plays well, and this model can sound fantastic for jazz and blues.

An Epiphone branded hard shell case is included.


 

Price: $1850 CAD
  • Model: ES-125
  • Year: 1961
  • Finish Sunburst
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 26071
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 19/02/2019

  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITIES documentation
  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.95lbs 2.25kg
  • Scale Length: 629mm 24.75in
  • Nut Width: 42mm 1.65in
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