Gibson ES-125 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1958)

Gibson  ES-125 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1958)
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Gibson ES-125 Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1958), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # T-7854-15, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown alligator chipboard case.

This is a truly lovely later 1950s example of the Gibson ES-125, the company's "bread and butter" hollowbody electric guitar during the late 1940s and '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 black-covered P-90 pickup is mounted in the neck position, with tone and volume controls capped with numbered amber knobs. The neck is the very comfortable round-backed late '50s profile, considered by many as Gibson's favorite neck shape.

Although originally marketed primarily as a student model the ES-125 is a fully 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. 1528 of these were shipped out of Kalamazoo in 1958 (well down from earlier in the decade) and not too many will be found as well-preserved as this one over 60 years on.

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.).

Overall this is a very fine example, perfectly original with no repairs or alterations except a strap button added to the side of the neck heel. The finish shows light checking with some minor dings, scuffs and dents, but much of the lacquer including the back of the neck remains very clean. The D string tuner shaft is a bit bent but still works fine. The original frets have some minor wear in the lower positions but nothing that impedes play. 60+ years on this is simply a beautifully preserved, great-playing and sounding example of this modest but delightful Gibson classic, still in the original alligator-grain Gibson chipboard case. Excellent Condition.