Gibson ES-140T Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1962)

Gibson  ES-140T Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1962)
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Gibson ES-140T Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1962), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case.

This ES-140T extremely cool little Gibson and a surprisingly great-sounding guitar. The small 3/4 size ES-140T archtop was offered through much of the 1950s, described by Gibson as perfect for students, "ladies", or guitarists desiring a compact hollow archtop. Starting in 1956 the guitar was changed to a just under 2" deep thin-line body format, making for an even handier package. Only 85 of these diminutive delights were shipped out in 1962; this extremely fine example shows only light signs of use and remains in completely original condition.

Looking deceptively almost like a toy ES-175, the ES-140T is in fact a fully professional quality 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 a quite a bit brighter and snappier than the typical ES-175 and other full-depth hollowbodies. This early 1962 ES-140T still looks identical to the 1950s versions except for the impressed serial number on the back of the headstock and the metal-capped knobs. The back of the headstock also carries a "2" stamp designating a factory second, though we can find no flaw apparent now. This guitar is simply fabulously well-preserved; it plays beautifully and has an amazingly big, smooth tone for such a small instrument.
 
Overall length is 37 in. (94 cm.), 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 3/4 in. (578 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This guitar is in lovely, all original condition showing comparatively little wear overall. The finish has some scuffs and dings and there are some small nicks into the finish on the headstock face; other than that, it shows just light handling wear overall. This one also includes the rare 1950s brown pink-lined HSC that was a holdover on this slower-selling model; most Gibsons had move on to the black cases by 1962. The original hangtag is still in the pocket. This 140-T is a spectacular example, about the nicest we have seen and a great-playing, superbly handy little guitar. Excellent + Condition.