Up for sale, a 1957 Gibson ES-125TD in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A first-year example of the ES-125TD model (Thinline Double pickup), this Gibson features its original Sunburst gloss finish, outfitted with all new vintage-correct hardware and premium electronics. The fully hollow maple body construction is paired with a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck and Brazilian rosewood fretboard, and the natural acoustic qualities of the guitar are ample, with a clear, articulate sound that benefits from the warmth of the fully hollow body paired with the dynamic snap of maple.
The pickups are a pair of '50s wind boutique Lollar P-90s, faithfully capturing the glassy clarity and detail of Gibson’s best P-90s of the era. Each position on the three-way switch is vital and distinct. The bridge pickup offers an authoritative, chewy bark with exquisite bounce and midrange sweetness. The middle position has more breadth and percussive cut, while the neck position has a richness and punchy treble bite. This Gibson is featherweight at 5lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 roundwound strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a full baseball bat C-shaped profile carve with plenty of chunk and generous shoulders, measuring .930" deep at the 1st fret and 1.020" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard has lightly rolled fretboard edges, and the original slender banjo frets still have good meat and crown, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nylon nut measures 1 11/16" width, and the headstock is fitted with a modern set of aged Kluson Deluxe single line strip tuners with white buttons.
The electronics all function as intended, and the Lollar P-90 pair is wired to a modern harness. Hardware includes a nickel-plated trapeze tailpiece and vintage rosewood bridge with compensated saddle. Plastics include a modern replica single-ply transparent tortoise pickguard, a quartet of gold bonnet knobs, and amber switch tip. Visible through the F hole, the U-prefix factory order number dates the instrument's production to 1957.
The vibrant original two-tone gloss Tobacco Sunburst nitro lacquer finish exhibits vertical lacquer checking across the body, and the instrument has no touch-up or overspray. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few scuffs and light finish scratches, largely relegated to the back, and a few additional minor marks from careful use on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear with only a few very shallow marks and one finish chip on the treble side of the carve behind the nut.
A modern black tolex hardshell case is included.