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1959 Gibson ES-125

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Factory order #: S2444-27

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.

Hardware: Original hardware includes P-90 single coil pickup with black cover, nickel raised diamond trapeze tailpiece, contoured tortoise pickguard, compensated adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge. Vintage correct hand antiqued Kluson Deluxe tuners, gold bonnet knobs.

Notes: Introduced in 1938 as the ES-100, the ES-125 was renamed in 1941, and remained in continuous production for over 30 years, becomeing Gibson's most populat 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 arched maple body offers superior feedback resistance, and the guitar produces a lively acoustic tone for playing unplugged.

This example is in great shape, without cracks or pickwear, and the all-original sunburst finish is in gleaming condition. A few patches of wear on the neck and some random lacquer dings are about all this true 50's veteran has to show for its long career. At just 5lb. 10oz, the guitar is amazingly lightweight, and shows handsome figure in the slab-cut maple back. The original P-90 pickup provides smooth classic single-coil tone, with excellent clarity and detail. The gentle C profile neck has smooth low action over excellent original fretwork. And amazingly, the guitar comes complete with its original factory hang tag and manual.

A solid 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 flatwound 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: Vintage black arched plush lined hardshell case.























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