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1953 Gibson ES-125
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Factory order #: Y4483
Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16" Neck depth: .87/.99, 1st/10th frets
Materials: Solid Honduras mahogany neck, arched slab-cut laminate maple back and top; mahogany sides; solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge.
Hardware: Original nickel hardware includes P-90 single coil pickup and electronics, trapeze tailpiece, gold barrel knobs, contoured tortoise pickguard. Vintage correct Kluson Deluxe tuners.
Notes: Introduced in 1938 as the ES-100, the ES-125 was renamed in 1941, and remained in continuous production for over 30 years, becoming Gibson's most popular archtop model ever. 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 or through the amp.
This gleaming guitar has been lovingly maintained, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and an all original dark Cremona sunburst finish. The hardware and electronics are original as well, with a set of vintage correct upgrade Kluson Deluxe tuners. The instrument shows no cracks, and binding is all tight. Apart from some light normal age checking and a few random lacquer nicks, the guitar shows few signs of age altogether. Even the jack area is happily free of the stress cracks so common in older Gibson electrics.
The original adjustable P-90 pickup provides smooth classic single-coil tone, with sparkling clarity and detail. At just 5lb. 6oz. the guitar is notably light in weight, and warmly resonant. With smooth low action on a fresh high precision setup, the guitar has fine original fretwork on its gentle C profile neck. All nestled in its handsome recent black Gibson logo plush lined hardshell case.
A versatile player for jazz, swing or blues, the ES-125 remains by far the best buy in a true vintage Gibson archtop. Call now.
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 4/64" to 5/64" 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.
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