Gibson ES-125TDC Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1960)

Gibson  ES-125TDC Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1960)
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Gibson ES-125TDC Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1960), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # R-4950-22, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown chipboard case.

This is an early production ES-125TCD, Gibson's most versatile lower-end archtop guitar. This example dates to 1960, the first catalog year. It is a slim and handy hollowbody guitar offering two great-sounding P-90 pickups on a cutaway laminated maple body with a dark sunburst finish top. This one has the slim and fairly flat profile neck typical of 1960, but with somewhat more depth than some.

Unlike its immediate predecessor the ES-225T this model is set up with a standard trapeze tailpiece and an adjustable wooden bridge instead of the Les Paul bar combination unit. The appointments are simple but the sound is great; over the years this model has been most identified with George Thorogood. Only 289 of these rip-roaring twin-P90 models were shipped out this first year, and this is a superb unaltered example.
 
Overall length is 40 1/4 in. (102.2 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 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.).

This is a nice, clean, and original guitar overall; the finish shows some light checking, scuffing, and chips but no major loss. It has a fairly shiny patina and looks to have been polished, but there is no overspray or added finish. The headstock face has some edge chips and the top back edge of the headstock is worn down a bit from moving about in the case. There is one fairly deep ding in the back of the neck.

All hardware is original and in excellent condition. The original frets have been crowned. The guitar is an excellent player, with a particularly rich and crunchy P-90 tone on all pickup selections. A nice example and a very light and handy 1960s Gibson hollow-body -- an excellent gigging guitar still with its original chipboard case. Excellent - Condition.