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1961 Gibson ES-125 TC Vintage Hollowbody Guitar Sunburst P-90 w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1961 Gibson ES-125TC in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Introduced in 1960, this early example of the ES-125TC (Thinline Cutaway) model features all maple body construction and a nitro lacquer Cherry Sunburst top paired with transparent Cherry back and sides. The tonewood complement is rounded out 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 original P-90 pickup is rich and powerful with midrange growl, glassy treble detail, and low end bark. The guitar is featherweight at 4lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a very slender C shape with modest shoulder and rolled fretboard edges, measuring .760" deep at the 1st fret and .850" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo frets which have been leveled and crowned in the guitar’s lifetime, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. A replacement nut measures 1 11/16" width, and the headstock features a set of vintage open-gear strip tuners with push-in bushings. There is a faint imprint of a different strip tuner set around the imprint of the current gears.

The electronics all function as intended, with the original P-90 pickup and wiring harness. Hardware includes the original nickel trapeze tailpiece and rosewood floating bridge base paired with a circa 1970s Gibson ABR-1 bridge. The neck set is ideal, and there's room for adjustment on both bridge thumbwheels. Plastics include the original truss rod cover,  P-90 cover, and pair of gold reflector cap knobs, with a replacement single-ply transparent tortoise pickguard.

The original Cherry Sunburst nitro lacquer finish has gracefully aged to a uniform Trans Amber, with vertical lacquer checking and some small dings on top. There is prominent finish checking and a small area of finish loss on the lower bout on the mahogany rims, one large scratch across the back, and some additional incidental marks from honest use. The nitro gloss on the neck profile has a smooth, fast feel, with a few shallow marks on the profile length that have no impact on playability.

A vintage black tolex hardshell case is included.