Up for sale, a 1959 Gibson ES-140T in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtag and chipboard case. A 3/4" size archtop with a fully hollow maple body and a compact 22 3/4" scale length, the ES-140T's dimensions are quite unique. The natural acoustic tone has a barking, snappy quality with underlying warmth, and the neck position P-90 delivers both burly growl and glassy, dynamic treble snap, perfect for complex chord voicings or overdriven Bluesy sweetness. Featherweight at 4lbs 6oz, we've had this Gibson professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 roundwound strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a round C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and rolled fretboard edges, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .935" at the 9th. The dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which have been leveled and crowned, with good meat remaining given the fret size, exhibiting decent grooves beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly up the truncated 22 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nylon nut measures 1 9/16" in width. On the headstock, the gold Gibson silkscreen is extremely clean, and the single line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well with original plastic buttons. The bass-side headstock wing has been reglued between the D tuner post and headstock edge
The original electronics function as intended, and the P-90 features stock windings, metering at 8.3k ohms. The solder joints are untouched, and the original harness is visible through the treble-side F hole. The S-prefix Factory Order Number is also cleanly stamped inside the body, translating to a 1959 build date. Hardware includes the original floating Brazilian rosewood bridge and nickel trapeze tailpiece, and plastics comprise the original dark transparent tortoise pickguard and amber bonnet knobs with subtly dished tops.
The Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, exhibiting vertical lacquer checking, most prominent on the instrument's face. There is light buckle wear on the lower bout on the back, and a few additional minor marks consistent with careful use on the body as a whole. The neck profile also retains a smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear.
The original faux alligator covered chipboard case is included, along with the original hangtag.