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


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Up for sale, a 1961 Gibson ES-125TC in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. Introduced in 1960, this early and extremely well-kept example of the ES-125TC (Thinline Cutaway) model features all maple body construction and a warm nitro lacquer Cherry Sunburst top and 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 13oz, 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, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .845" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo frets which show virtually no wear, and the guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nylon nut has Gibson's full 1 11/16" width, and the headstock sports the original set of original Kluson Deluxe single line strip tuners with original white buttons.

The electronics all function as intended, with the original P-90 which retains its stock windings, metering at 7.85k ohms. Hardware includes the original nickel trapeze tailpiece which is positively gleaming, and the carved and compensated floating rosewood bridge. The neck set is ideal, and there's room for adjustment on both bridge thumbwheels. Plastics include the single-ply transparent tortoise pickguard, P-90 cover, and pair of immaculate gold reflector cap knobs. The "ES-125TC" stamp is visible through the F hole.

The original Cherry Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is rich and vibrant on top, and there is some pick scuffing extending lightly just beyond the edge of the single-ply tortoise pickguard. Stunningly well-kept, the guitar shows very faint and tight vertical lacquer checking across the body, and cosmetic wear is limited to one faint finish scratch just to the treble-side of the tailpiece, and some additional light finish scratches and small nicks mostly localized on the lower bout on the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless, free of palm wear with just a couple minor marks on the bass-side shoulder.

A modern Gibson USA brown tolex hardshell case is included.