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1962 Gibson ES-125TCD

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FON #: 52629

Body size at lower bout: 16" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Materials: Solid Honduras mahogany neck; maple top back, and sides; solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, solid bone nut.

Hardware: Original hardware includes twin P-90 pickups, tortoise pickguard, nickel-plated Kluson Deluxe tuners, gold bonnet tone and volume knobs, compensated adjustable rosewood bridge. Vintage correct diamond crossbar trapeze tailpiece.

Notes: If you actually *play* guitar, rather than just accumulating them, you've undoubtedly watched with dismay as the price of luxury-class guitar models have skyrocketed into the stratosphere. Which is why we search diligently for those particular instruments that deliver peak performance at an affordable price. This model is one of our favorites.

Introduced in 1960, the ES-125TCD ("thin cutaway double pickup") had a production run of just eleven years. With its sweet P-90 pickups, Florentine cutaway, and fast scale, the ES-125 is essentially a slimline version of the classic fifties-era ES-175. And as on the 175, the laminated body offers superior feedback resistance, while the all-hollow thinline profile and absence of superfluous hardware resulted in one of the most lightweight electric guitars Gibson ever produced. Combined with it's coveted wide early sixties neck profile, this guitar is incomparably comfortable to hold and just plain fun to play.

Purchased in 1963 by its current owner, this gleaming guitar has been maintained in uncannily pristine condition. The brilliant cherry finish on Gibsons of this era is notoriously susceptible to fading under normal daylight, but the vibrant scarlet highlights of this guitar leave little doubt that it spent most of the last half century securely sequestered in its lovely original hardshell case. An under-the-bed wonder, the guitar is remarkably free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and has all original fretwork in superb condition. Hardware is original as well, right down to the bumblebee capacitors, with the sole addition of a recent vintage correct trapeze tailpiece.

Best of all, it has the coveted full width 1 11/16" fingerboard with the famed gentle D neck profile of the early '60s. Slim in depth, but wide across the board, this classic neck is one of Gibson's most popular ever. At a scant 5lb 5oz, the guitar is blissfully lightweight, and deftly balanced n the lap or the strap. The action is low and smooth with a fresh high-precision setup, and the tone of the original twin P-90's is clear, detailed and resonant. And finally, while most of these models shipped with flimsy fiber cases, this remarkable instrument comes complete with its original top-of-the line Gibson Faultless hardshell case.

With true vintage performance at price below the copies, this guitar is an outstanding find, in true showroom condition. One only: call now.

Setup: Trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished; electronics and grounding tested, pickup polepieces balanced.

Case: Deluxe black Gibson Faultless arched plush lined hardshell case.





























































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