Gibson ES-125T 3/4 Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1957)

Gibson  ES-125T 3/4 Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1957)

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Gibson ES-125T 3/4 Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1957), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # U1561-22, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This ES-125T 3/4 is an extremely cool little Gibson electric -- and with its hot P-90 pickup, a surprisingly great-sounding guitar. The diminutive 3/4 size, short scale, thinline archtop was offered starting in the late 1950s well into the '60s. It was described by Gibson as perfect for students, "ladies," or professionals with small hands.

Introduced in 1957, the ES-125T 3/4 looks deceptively toylike but is in fact a fully professional instrument with a great-feeling round profile neck, single P-90 pickup, dark sunburst finish, and simple trim. With a very small body cavity, the tone is less prone to feedback and quite a bit snappier than the typical ES-125 and other full-depth hollowbodies. This first-year ES-125T 3/4 looks fabulous, plays beautifully, and has an amazingly big, smooth tone for such a small instrument.
 
Overall length is 36 5/8 in. (93 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 7/8 in. (581 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a nice, clean guitar overall; there is some very light checking and finish wear, mostly scuffing to the back. It is original and complete including the oft-broken tailpiece, and even the buttons on the original Kluson Deluxe tuners are intact. There are some chips in the finish to the back of the neck just under the headstock, probably from an old strap attachment and some small chips to the headstock edges.

There is some wear to the frets and fingerboard in the lower positions, but this super light and handy guitar remains a good player with an amazingly powerful sound for such a small package! 1957 was the first year of issue for this model, and this is an early and well-preserved example. Excellent Condition.