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1961 Gibson ES-125TDC Vintage Hollowbody Electric Guitar Sunburst P-90 w/ Case, ES-225


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Up for sale, a 1961 Gibson ES-125TDC in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Introduced in 1960, this very early and well-kept example of the ES-125TDC (Thinline Double Cutaway) model is 100% original save for a vintage patent # ABR-1 bridge circa-1965.

With all maple body construction and a warm nitro lacquer Cherry Sunburst top and transparent deep Cherry back and sides, the tonewood complement is rounded out with a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck and Brazilian rosewood fretboard. 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-90s are rich and powerful with ample midrange growl, glassy treble detail, and low end bark. The guitar is featherweight at 5lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .775" deep at the 1st fret and .865" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo frets which have good meat, showing only light uniform wear primarily beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, extending exclusively beneath the plains until fret 7. The guitar plays easily in every register, 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 a set of original Kluson Deluxe single line strip tuners with original white buttons, along with the stock truss rod cover. The guitar was at one time fitted with a different tuner set, as evidenced by the halos of larger washers around the current tuner bushings.

The electronics all function as intended, with the original P-90 pair which retains its stock windings and black plastic covers. The original quartet of reflector cap knobs are intact and the text is fully intact on all knob caps, and the transparent tortoise pickguard rounds out the plastics. Hardware includes the original nickel trapeze tailpiece paired with a vintage ABR-1 chrome bridge with patent number base and foundry stamp, sitting atop the original rosewood base. The "ES-125TDC" stamp is very bold and visible through the F hole. The original Cherry Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is very warm, exhibiting prominent finish checking and a bit of chipping and cloudiness on the lower bout edge adjacent to the input jack. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to broad vertical lacquer checking on the top and back, and a few minor scuffs and light dings on the back consistent with careful use. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss with no palm wear and only a few shallow marks on the profile length.

A black tolex hardshell case is included.