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1955 Gibson ES-125

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Factory order #: W1976-10

Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Materials: Solid Honduras mahogany neck, arched slab-cut maple back and top; mahogany sides; solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge.

Hardware: Original hardware includes nickel raised diamond trapeze tailpiece, compensated rosewood bridge; vintage correct hardware includes hand antiqued nickel-plated Kluson Deluxe tuners, gold barrel knobs, Jason Lollar vintage P-90 pickup.

Notes: Introduced in 1938 as the ES-100, the ES-125 was renamed in 1941, and remained in continuous production for over 30 years. With its clear P-90 pickup and fast 24 1/2" scale, the ES-125 offered true Gibson quality and playability at an affordable price. The laminated body offers superior feedback resistance, and the guitar produces a respectable acoustic tone for playing unplugged.

This example is in superb condition, without pick, buckle or thumbwear, and has been fitted with immaculate medium-jumbo frets. Some normal light checking confirms its sunburst finish is 100% authentic. The Jason Lollar P-90 pickup provides smooth classic single-coil tone, with enhanced feedback suppression and microphonic noise resistance. As these guitars were originally shipped in flimsy softshell cases, the owner has thoughtfully provided a sturdy plush hardshell case for its protection. A solid player for jazz, swing or blues, the ES-125 remains by far the best value in a true vintage Gibson archtop.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Deluxe plush hardshell case.























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