Gibson ES-125T 3/4 Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1959)

Gibson  ES-125T 3/4 Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1959)
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Gibson ES-125T 3/4 Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1959), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # S7851-9, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

This 1959 ES-125T 3/4 is an extremely cool little Gibson electric and with its hot P-90 pickup, a surprisingly great-sounding guitar. This diminutive 3/4 size, short scale, thinline archtop was offered starting in the late 1950s and lasted well into the '60s. It was described in Gibson catalogs as perfect for students, "ladies," or professionals with small hands. 295 of these shipped out in 1959, actually a decent quantity for an admittedly niche instrument.

Introduced in 1957, the ES-125T 3/4 looks deceptively toylike but is in fact a fully professional instrument with a great-feeling narrow slim round profile neck, single P-90 pickup, dark sunburst finish and simple trim. The body is single bound the dot-inlaid rosewood fingerboard unbound; the headstock bears a gold Gibson logo. With a very small body cavity, this 3/4 instrument is less prone to feedback and quite a bit snappier sounding than the typical 16" ES-125 and other full-depth hollowbodies. This 1959 ES-125T 3/4 has all the cool features of arguably Gibson's greatest year; it 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 very attractive (dare we say "Cute") little Gibson is mostly very clean overall, showing some isolated wear and remaining nicely original. The all-original finish is largely quite clean; the only heavier wear is some feelable deeper dings and capo marks behind first few frets, chipping to the edges of the fingerboard and scrapes and chips to the edges of the headstock face. The body finish has only light scuffing and some isolated dings and dents.

All hardware and fittings are original and in very good shape. The guitar has been neatly refretted and is an excellent player with a lot of sound in a small package. It lives in a modern case that is a bit longer than required but otherwise a good fit. Overall Excellent - Condition.