Gibson / ES-125 T ('59 Spec) / 1960 / Sunburst / Guitar
As student models go, you wouldn’t mind taking delivery of anything coming out of Kalamazoo during the 50’s and this very early 1960 ES-125 T certainly punches above its weight and has all the desirable late 1959 appointments.
The accouterments are basic, the only real adornment is the binding around the body. The neck and pickguard are unbound and the headstock has the simple silk screened logo. What you do get here is a great sounding and stylishly understated thinline electric guitar in the spirit of the classic archtops of the period.
The sunburst finish on this guitar has weathered well and is still quite vivid as is the back. There is evidence of some repair on the neck heel, probably it has been re-glued. This does not look like a complete reset as there is no evidence of any finish being disturbed on the top.
The tailpiece has been repaired in the usual place they break and the rosewood bridge is in great condition as are the plastics. The faux-tortoise shell pickguard hasn’t warped. The original frets and fretboard are in good shape without any extreme wear. There are a few scratches here and there which isn’t surprising but all in all this is a very clean guitar.
Inside, the electronics are all correct and the single pickup works really well with all the bite, growl and warmth you expect from vintage P-90.
The guitar comes with a hardshell case.
There’s jazz, blues and roots all hiding in here. Even with a single P90, there's plenty of tonal scope and it's a joy to play plugged in or acoustically.
These student models are a way of accessing these fabulous Gibson tones without the higher price tags of the other more desirable models, grab them before they fly away.
ATB Guitars, UK
Hello we’re ATB Guitars.
We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.
Payment and p/x:
All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc.
Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.
Postage and shipping:
We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:
UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275