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 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 and one of the securing nuts on the tailpiece is a later chrome piece. The finish shows some light checking with 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.