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1953 Gibson ES-125

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Factory order #: Y3859-35

Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11/16" Neck depth: .88/.95, 1st/10th frets.

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

Hardware: All original nickel hardware includes P-90 single coil pickup, gold barrel knobs, contoured tortoise pickguard, compensated adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge, trapeze tailpiece, original Kluson Deluxe tuners with relic buttons.

Notes: Introduced in 1938 as the ES-100, the model was renamed ES-125 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 as well.

This exceptional example has been maintained in wonderful condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and its gleaming dark Cremona sunburst finish is 100% original. Apart from a few scattered lacquer scratches, the instruments appears much as it did when it left the factory in the Eisenhower administration. The brilliant original P-90 pickup provides smooth classic single-coil tone, with tremendous clarity and detail. At just 5lb. 3 oz. the guitar is notably lightweight, and warmly resonant, with smooth low action over fine original fretwork and a solid C profile neck with a fresh high-precision setup.

A versatile player for jazz, swing or blues, the ES-125 remains by far the best value 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.

Case: Deluxe arched black plush lined hardshell case.























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