1957 GIBSON ES-125


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Gibson ES-125 from 1957, in very good original condition.

A fine example from the late 1950s, this hollow-body electric model was a long-time bread-and-butter model for Gibson, who produced them in quantity from the 1940s through to the late 1960s. The model features a 16 inch-wide, no-cutaway, maple laminate body, with a mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. A single P-90 pickup with its black dog-ear cover is set up on the guitar in the neck position, long with tone and volume controls.

Although originally marketed mainly as a student model, the ES-125 is without doubt a professional grade instrument and has nothing to envy to the so-called « high-end » models, both in terms of manufacturing quality and sound. The 125 was a big hit from the moment it was introduced, and is often seen in vintage photographs in the hands of players of many styles – it’s still a popular model today, a true, unpretentious icon of the 1950s. 2,345 examples left the Kalamazoo production line in 1957 (slightly down from the beginning of the decade), and the present model reaches us today in superbly preserved and original condition. Its Sunburst finish has hardly lost its shine, and has a beautiful patina. All main parts of the guitar, including its rosewood bridge, pickguard, and electronics are also stock. Complete professional setup done in our workshop, the action is low and the playing perfectly comfortable.

Sold in a modern TKL case.

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