Gibson ES-125 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1953)

Gibson  ES-125 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1953)

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Gibson ES-125 Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1953), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, brown hard shell case.

This is a truly superb example of the Gibson ES-125, the company's "bread and butter" electric guitar during the late 1940s and early '50s. The model features a 16" wide, non-cutaway, full depth hollow-body of laminated maple with a mahogany neck and dot-inlaid rosewood fingerboard. The single classic P-90 pickup is mounted in the neck position, with tone and volume controls capped with numbered amber "hatbox" knobs.

Although marketed mostly as a student model, the ES-125 is a fully functional professional quality instrument, with a sound equal to any single pickup laminated wood guitar ever made. ES-125s were popular from the start, and are often seen in period photographs with players of many styles; the model is still a favorite today.
 
Overall length is 40 7/16 in. (102.7 cm.), 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This is an extremely clean and well-preserved guitar, with only light signs of use and no alterations. The endpin is newer; all else is original and undisturbed. The finish has just some very light scuffing and dings, mostly to the headstock edges, and one spot on the side down by the jack where it likely banged against the chipboard case hinge.

The original frets show very little wear and indeed the guitar seems to have been little used for much of its 65 years on the planet -- we were the first to turn the truss rod. A wonderful example that plays and sounds great, and shows the care Gibson's 1950s crew put into even the most basic instruments they built. Fitted with a good quality newer HSC; ready for the next 50+ years. Excellent + Condition.