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 # S789-27, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black gig bag case.

This 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 well into the '60s. It was described in Gibson catalogs as perfect for students, "ladies," or professionals with small hands.

Introduced in 1957, the ES-125T 3/4 looks deceptively toylike but is in fact a fully professional 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 less prone to feedback and quite a bit snappier than the typical ES-125 and other full-depth hollowbodies. This 1959 ES-125T 3/4 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 instrument shows some wear but is a relatively decently preserved guitar overall. There is some minor checking and random finish wear which is mostly centered on the back. The finish there shows some minor laminate checking as well as some deep scratches and scuffs, as does the heel and back edge of the headstock. The back of the neck has some dings and dents but no major wear. The face is comparatively clean, with a small dark mark from a decades-misplaced bridge base.

The guitar is original and complete including the oft-broken tailpiece, and even the buttons on the original Kluson Deluxe tuners are intact. Ono of the upper tuner shafts is bent but still works fine. The frets hade been polished out a bit and show no wear, so playability is excellent. Overall a nice example of this "baby" Gibson electric, a fine little player with a surprisingly rip-roaring sound. It is housed in a modern gig bag. Very Good + Condition.