Gibson ES-125 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1952)

Gibson  ES-125 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1952)
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Gibson ES-125 Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1952), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black chipboard case.

A very nice example of Gibson's ES-125, the company's "bread and butter" electric guitar during the late 1940s and early '50s. This model has a 16" wide, non-cutaway hollow body of laminated maple with Gibson's classic P-90 pickup. The tailpiece is an off-the-rack part only seen in this period and the tuners are Kluson Deluxes, 3 to a plate which had come into use in 1949. The knobs are the gold-backed "hatbox" style with numbers and the post-war "Gibson" logo decal is still the earliest "joined dot" version. This is a fine-playing and sounding guitar; although marketed as a student model, the ES-125 was fully functional as a professional quality instrument and is often seen in period photographs with players of many styles.
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.).

Mostly this is a nice clean guitar overall; unaltered, all original, and complete, except the pickguard has a small inexplicable hole in the center that has been neatly patched. The one exception is the back finish shows the effects of exposure to moisture and has checked and clouded fairly heavily, but is not flaking or chipping. The rest of the finish is much cleaner, showing just some light average finish wear -- overall this is a well-preserved example. An excellent player, original except for replaced tuner buttons, with the typical classic 1950s Gibson sound. Excellent - Condition.